The Colette Hawthorn in Pink Floral Dots

When Colette Patterns released this gorgeous dress pattern, I knew that I definitely had to take part in their sewalong!

I had this cotton lawn in my stash and wasn’t sure what to do it with it until this pattern came along.  The Hawthorn is the perfect use for this fabric and makes this a very lightweight, comfortable, summer dress.  My cotton lawn is described as “pink floral dots” as the flowers are made up of polka dots.

pink lawn 1

This pattern is not lined, but I didn’t want to wear a slip, so I lined the skirt with cotton batiste.  I considered underlining it, but decided that would make the dress to bulky and that it wouldn’t drape right, so the skirt lining is only attached at the button plackets and the waist.

cotton lawn and cotton damask

Pink cotton lawn Hawthorn

Pink cotton lawn Hawthorn

I love the half circle skirt and the front buttons on this pattern.  This dress reminds me of my grandma and dresses that she used to wear in the 60’s.  It’s a very comfortable dress and an easy to follow pattern.  I didn’t change anything other than the skirt lining and I put two hook and eye closures at the waist instead of one.  I did that as I had this on my dressform and it looked like it needed a little more to hold the placket down more smoothly.  Next time, I think I will add pockets and maybe a belt.



This dress took me a little longer to make than most dresses.  That mostly had to do with a little sewing apathy and the fact that we took a vacation when I was in the midst of it.  I also spent a whole afternoon working on the buttons…. I have a hell of a time sewing buttonholes with the auto buttonhole feature on my new sewing machine and it only seems to turn out right half the time.  So I pulled my old cheap singer out — that also has a auto button hole feature — and I was able to fly through it in a short period of time.  I hate how frustrating something like that can be!  I was almost ready to go use the manual buttonhole foot on my grandma’s Pfaff!  This tells you how often I use buttonholes, eh? :)  I also am going to add a few more buttons on the bodice as I wore this for a day and think it needs it.

pink lawn 4

I plan to make another one in a gingham and then one or two in the long-sleeved version for fall/winter in a chambray or maybe a lightweight denim.  I also plan to make one for my MIL.  I really like the peplum blouse version, but not sure yet if I would wear it, but thinking about cool weather and pencil skirts kind of makes me think that I need one of those, too!

pink lawn 5

Happy Sewing!


Dress:  Colette Hawthorn in pink floral dots cotton lawn made by me

Sandals:  Skechers

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  • nettie

    DUDE!! That is gorgeous!!! I am such a punk when it comes to bold prints! You totally rock this!

    • tanya maile

      Thank you! I love the print, too, and wear this dress quite often. Definitely a keeper.

  • Sandra

    I love the fabric and it is a perfect match for the Hawthorne. It is very flattering for you :-)

    • Tanya Maile Hughes

      Thanks, Sandra! I’m looking forward to making another one!

  • Debbie

    Very pretty! I love the fabric. It’s very Impressionist.

    • Tanya Maile Hughes

      Thank you, Debbie!

  • Kelly

    This is such a great dress for you! So flattering, and the color and print are perfect for your sunny surroundings.

    • Tanya Maile Hughes

      Thank you! :) I’m looking forward to making another one!

  • Sew Whatever(Sandy)

    This looks really flattering on you! What I do sometimes when I have gaping, but don’t want more buttons, is to stitch the button placket shut from about the low neckline point. I generally put these on over my head anyway, so I don’t really need to unbutton the whole length. So, then I get the look of the button line and avoid the gaping!

    • Tanya Maile Hughes

      That’s a good idea!

  • prttynpnk

    Oh, I have to get over my buttonhole loathing and make this- you look so summery and fab!

    • Tanya Maile Hughes

      I’m going to make some shirts for my husband, so I think I need to get over my buttonhole loathing as well!

      • prttynpnk

        Maybe I could use snaps- Lord knows I love that snap press!!!

        • Tanya Maile Hughes

          That’s a great idea!!

          • prttynpnk

            From great laziness comes innovation!