An Autumn Hawthorn in Navy Sateen

Yes, I am a bit addicted to this pattern.  And yes, I know it’s not that interesting seeing the third version of the Colette Hawthorn that I’ve made for myself.  Oh, well, I thoroughly enjoy making and wearing this dress.  In fact, this Hawthorn is my favorite yet and my favorite dress to wear at the moment. :)

Colette Hawthorn in navy cotton sateen

Colette Hawthorn in navy cotton sateen

I have actually already worn this three times now since I finished it and just managed to get photos taken in it in the third round.  It has been washed and line dried twice now and is the same as when I made it.

sateen hawthorn dressform

After I made this Hawthorn, I also made a concho belt which I have worn with this and some boots.

Berry Concho

Berry Concho

sateen hawthorn dressform 3

sateen hawthorn dressform 2

This Hawthorn is version 3 with the short sleeves from version 1.  I had planned on making version 2, but I had the bodice all together and got ready to work on the sleeves and I was missing a piece!  I NEVER HAVE LOST A PATTERN PIECE!  I must have thrown it away accidentally or it blew off somewhere….. who knows?  The piece I was missing was the sleeve placket, which wasn’t something I felt that I could draft myself.  I did email Colette and asked if they would send me the piece without me having to buy another pattern and they kindly emailed it to me :)  (Thank you, Rachel!).  However, I was in the midst of finishing this dress up so that I could wear it and decided to make it into short sleeves instead as I didn’t want to wait.  Of course this lessened me being warm(er) in it if it actually ever does turn cold here…. but it has allowed me to wear this comfortably in the 60-70 degree November we are experiencing here in Northern California.  I will just throw a cardi over this if it ever drops into the 50’s….

sateen hawthorn 2

this Hawthorn is made of a navy (medieval blue) stretch cotton sateen that I got from Joann’s.  This fabric is not one of the suggested fabrics on the pattern, but it does work for the pattern.  I would not go any heavier than this fabric for the Hawthorn as I think this is probably the heaviest one should go.  With the collar, facings and plackets, you don’t really want too much bulk and this fabric just barely worked.  I had to put a jean needle in to sew it, but it didn’t break the needle and it worked out very well.  I just love this fabric!  With the tiny bit of spandex in it, it makes the fabric very pliant and comfy and not stiff as some bottomweights can be.  I would highly recommend purchasing this fabric from Joann’s and making a dress out of it!  You won’t be disappointed!  They also had this in a lovely purple that I was eyeing (and yes, I’m sure other colors!).

sateen hawthorn 3 back

Excuse the wrinkles….. I wore this to a meeting this morning and then took these photos! And what’s up with these photobombing animals???!

Photobombed by Rollie

Photobombed by Rollie

I followed the directions completely with this dress.  No need for lining either.  This is definitely a dress that you can accessorize up!

sateen hawthorn 5

Don’t worry!  The next couple of garments WON’T be a Hawthorn!  I just finished a dress made of emerald green wool crepe and am starting on my first Cake Tiramisu and my FIRST KNIT DRESS this week!  Yay!

Happy Sewing!





Dress:  Colette Hawthorn in navy stretch cotton sateen, made by me

Shoes:  BC Footwear

Jewelry:  gift from my mom


  1. says

    This pattern looks so good on you, I can totally understand why you want to make more. I love your belt – you are sooooo cleaver. Isn’t that the great thing about indie pattern designers, you can always contact them for anything :-)

  2. says

    wow…nice!! You could make this a fourth time. I wouldn’t mind at all. 8-)
    Making a belt?….you are too much!!

  3. says

    Love that dress! The Hawthorn pattern is one of my favorites. It looks timeless in summer or winter colors. What a great job! I am inspired to pull my pattern out and see where it leads me!

    • says

      Thank you! I got the conchos from A belt blank, 3″ and 3/4″ conchos, and a 3″ concho buckle — all about $60. Just measure and mark, punch your holes and screw on the conchos and you’re done! Far cheaper than $200+ to buy one ready made. They have a lot of nice conchos on their for super cheap. I’m planning on making a copper one next

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