Honeycomb shirt by Cocowawa Crafts

I am a big fun of trying something new or doing something for the first time, hence I have decided to participate in a sew along. This one was a first for me and I was eager to start and had completed it way before the allocated time.

Lovely Ana from Cocowawa Crafts released a new pattern which instantly caught my eye, so I became even more excited when I read on her blog that she scheduled a sew along for that pattern yeaaayyyy

You can find a detailed program and helpful tutorials on her blog, however the instruction booklet provided with the pattern itself was easy enough to understand so I doubt you will have any troubles.

 

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Photo by Cocowawa Crafts

The pattern

Honeycomb shirt/dress features a Mandarin type collar and a front button placket.  You can choose to make a shirt version ( like me ) which comes with a gathered peplum, that I think looks adorable. Dress has a midi length and it comes with pockets. Both options include a lovely ties around waist that you can adjust depending on your preferences.

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The pattern adjustments

I have cut size 7 based on my bust measurements and started with my usual sway back adjustments. To my surprise I did not have to raise the waist line, which made a process much faster.

When I had sewn the bodice part I realized that the finished look is much more boxy then I like, so at the end I ended up sewing the side seam closer by 2 cm on each side. It is still loose and comfortable,  but  think it suits me better now. This has created completely “new” armhole circumference (which in my opinion was way to low anyway) and I started to wonder if I should adjust the sleeve pattern piece. After thinking it over and over again I have decided to cut size 5 sleeve and make a gathers at the shoulder seam to accommodate all that extra ease.

With the gathered peplum I thought it would look very nice, and I was not disappointed!

The other alternation from the original pattern was my choice of Peter Pan Collar instead of Mandarin one. During hot weather I prefer this option and I believe it make my shirt a little more unique. You can find in my previous post step by step tutorial on how to draft a Peter Pan Collar on your existing shirt pattern.

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There are different methods of finishing off seam allowance but this time I had used bias binding from inside to create a clean finish. 20180620_191516

Final thoughts

I have made my Honeycomb shirt from drapey viscose fabric, that is absolutely perfect for this pattern. Thank to its loose structure the shirt is comfortable and it allows for a free body movement, which I look for in my clothes. I will make another version of this shirt, however this time will size down to 5 and will reduce the armhole circumference. Other then that it is a wonderful pattern with many great options.

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You still have time to take part in a Ana’s sew along this month.

There are great prices kindly offered by Harriet from Sew Me Sunshine and Joy from Pink Coat Club, as well as an extra price given from Ana herself. What more do you need???

 

 

What do you think about Honeycomb shirt/dress pattern? Would love to find out!

xxx Monika

Drafting Peter Pan Collar

It has been a while since my last post, however I have a good excuse for it.

I had been studying very hard for my next exam in the past few weeks and sadly had no spare time to do much sewing, let alone writing something on the subject. All I have to do now, is wait 6 weeks for the results… what better to do it the meantime, then sew, sew, sew 🙂

Today’s tutorial will show you how to draft a simple Peter Pan collar on any shirt/blouse pattern you may already have. It is super simple to do and it gives you the option to customize the garment.

Peter Pan Collar

 First, take your front and back bodice pieces and mark your seam allowance on the shoulder seam.

Second, draw a desired collar shape on the front piece. You can decide the width and the shape of the collar. I decided that my collar will be 5 cm in width and have a nice smooth curve.

TIP: Regardless if your shirt has a front opening, such a button placket or not, ensure that the collar’s curve starts at the center front. This will stop from collar overlapping at the front….unless it is a part of your design.

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Continue drawing the shape of the collar onto the back piece.

Next, mark a line around 1 cm below the seam line. This will stop the collar to lay completely flat and adds some dimension.20180610_124335.jpg

Now you can “join” the shoulder seam adjusting the angle with that 1cm difference you marked in the previous step.20180610_124440.jpg

All you have to do now, is to copy your newly drafted Peter Pan Collar onto a clean sheet of paper. Remember to add a seam allowance to the outer edge and any necessary markings. 20180610_125401

This is it! Told you it was easy!

~Are you fan of a Peter Pan collar, or prefer different style?~

Monika xxx