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Washed Chambray Hawthorn Dress

Hi friends! I’m so excited to finally be back with another make after having to sit a few months out due to other projects. But as soon as I saw this grey/black washed Chambray Fabric, I knew I needed it! Chambray is one of my favorite fabrics to work with and to wear. It is so easy to sew, and I have yet to make a garment out of it that I haven’t loved and wanted to live in. This dress with this fabric is no exception! 

I decided to go with Colette’s Hawthorn Dress pattern for this fabric because I wanted something that I could wear as the weather has been getting cooler, and chambray lends itself so well to a shirtdress.

I have to say, about halfway through this dress, I was worried that I wasn’t going to be crazy about it. I had made so many vibrant and colorful dresses over the summer, and it seemed like it might be a little drab, but I couldn’t have been more wrong! It can be styled in so many fun ways, making it much more versatile than I had imagined! On this particular day it was wet, windy and chilly, so I threw on some tights, duck boots and a beanie and it looked adorable!

Of course, I had to add pockets because that is one of the great joys of making your own clothes- no more dresses without pockets!

Hawthorn is a really beautiful pattern, as one would expect from Colette, with beautiful details. I love the sweet little collar and the shaping where it meets the front of the dress and goes down to the button placket. Those extra little details really stand out.

I also love the detail of the sleeve placket. If you have never done one before, do not fear! It really isn’t as hard as it seems when you’re looking at that weird pattern piece and the instructions. It comes together easily and looks really sharp!

The chambray has such a beautiful drape, and with the shape of this skirt, it is PERFECT for twirling!!

Hawthorn can also be made in a sleeveless version, or shortened to a peplum top, but I think I love this version best. I never really thought that would be the case because I am a sleeveless dress kind of gal, and even in cold weather I will often wear sleeveless dresses with cardigans, but I just adore this and I think I have been converted to dresses with sleeves!

I definitely recommend getting some of this gorgeous chambray for yourself! You will not regret it! It looks great, feels so lovely to wear, and is truly a pleasure to sew. I make a lot of chambray shirts for my husband (who in turn takes these fabulous photos for me!) and it holds up really well. He wears them all the time and they look fantastic!  I can’t gush enough about it! 

Pair this chambray with Colette's Hawthorne and I promise you won't be disappointed.

Happy sewing friends!

@birdandbobbin

photos by @kenbphotos

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