Hawthorne on Hawthorne!

Ah yes, once I finished my new Hawthorne dress I felt compelled to pose in front of Hawthorne Ave in our neighborhood.  It was fate!



I made my Hawthorne in a turquoise plaid chambray.  I absolutely love shirt dresses, and this is not my first so I found the construction to be very easy.  The tough part was matching up the plaid. I actually ended up having to switch sides for my buttonholes in order to match it up just right. I think the placket on the skirt looks a little stiff or off somehow but I guess I can deal with it.



Colette Hawthorne


I really like the little collar on the Hawthorne, it gives it a vintagey look with the flared skirt.  I read some reviews where people didn’t like that it was in three pieces and would have preferred it in one, but this really didn’t bug me too much. It assembled nice and easy without too many adjustments.


I used these turquoise  buttons that I bought at the flea market in a grab bag, I had to dump out my jar and find all the matching ones. Luckily there were plenty of these and they matched my colors just right. I made my dress a little loose in the bodice, mostly for comfort.  I find that overly fitted bodices in shirt dresses can pull in weird places and give you “peek-a-boos” between buttons.



Check out my matching plaids! I’m always happy when my matching works out as planned 🙂   This is a great dress, and a good one if you are wanting to try out a shirt dress for the first time.  It is definitely less complicated than some others I have tried.  Colette is the best y’all!

28 Comments on “Hawthorne on Hawthorne!”

  1. Cherie says:

    Love the dress in the big plaid. Gives a great look to a classic design. Also love your photo shoot, on Hawthorne! So inventive! Loved the Saltspring on you also!

  2. Nothy Lane says:

    I love your plaid Hawthorne. It looks fabulous and bravo on matching the plaid!

  3. Michelle says:

    Cute dress!!! Like the plaid. Looks comfy!

  4. Helena says:

    Great Hawthorn. I’m always cautious about working with plaid, since I don’t have the patience to match them. Plus, they’re not a favourite on me, so vhy bother?

    • cjgal says:

      Yes plaids can definitely be frustrating! I love plaids but I feel you, if you aren’t into them why put yourself through the hassle?

  5. SeeKatSew says:

    Cute plaid, great job on matching it so well. Such a classic look.

  6. gingermakes says:

    This is really cute! It looks great on you! Love the plaid you chose.

  7. Very cute, and I love the Hawthorne on Hawthorne. Great job on matching that plaid, too! It’s enough to make you want to pull out your hair.

  8. Ah! I love it!! Very cute dress and great colors on you.

  9. Melizza says:

    What fab plaid matching. Your dress (like many of your other ones) is super cute.

  10. Gjeometry says:

    Ha ha ha ha. I wondered where your Hawthorne was going to be when I read your post title. This is a very cute dress, you make plaid look so feminine and modern!

  11. ksgentry says:

    I love the Hawthorn pattern, what a wonderful shirtdress pattern. Yours looks terrific! I love the plaid, I have yet to be brave enough to try it. Matching those patterns seem very intimidating to me but yours looks great! Love the picture on Hawthorne St! Very cute and makes for a great picture!

    • cjgal says:

      Thanks gal! Plaids aren’t too bad, the key is cutting them as lose as possible in the beginning. This one luckily came together easily, but I’ve definitely battled plaid in the past!

  12. stitchknit says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Stop by for a visit anytime.

    Loved looking through your sewing projects….and well done on the plaid matching.

  13. Lisa says:

    Super cute!

  14. sewmanju says:

    LOVE your version of this pattern. Very cute. I also love shirt dresses…I don’t know why I haven’t actually made one yet? Agh!

  15. Jenny says:

    I’ve been searching for cute shirt dresses. I don’t know how I missed this post when I follow your blog ~ your dress is super, super cute. Looks really great – I love the plaid (and i’m not a plaid lover).

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