I bought Colette's Hawthorn pattern months ago during some such sale or another (because I am cheap and refuse to buy patterns full price). Since then I have been hemming and hawing over it, worried that the style was a bit too twee for me. However, at the same time, I have been obsessed with some of the blouse versions I have seen on ye older internets, namely this one and this one, both in polka dot fabric.
I ultimately decided that maybe I could pull off the polka dot blouse version if I found some darker colored fabric to take the girly edge off. Luckily I scored some super cheap black and teal polka dot fabric on Bangkok's crazy Sampeng Lane. Because of the fabric's price I didn't feel too bad treating this first version like a wearable muslin; and wearable it is! I think it came out pretty cute! Not without faults, but cute nonetheless. Definitely has a vintage vibe to it without being old-fashioned.
The faults: I think my collar interfacing may have been too thick because I cannot get get it to lay flat... I've heard others had this problem, too, so maybe it's not just me. I sewed it down at the shoulder seams, but may have to sew the corners down, too. Also, the waist is bit messed up- somehow my button placement is off or my hook and eye insertion is faulty (or both), but there is a big ugly gap at the waist, so the top can't be worn without a belt. The nips may be a wee bit pointy, too.
I skipped the sleeve bands out of laziness and just serged and folded up the hem to maximize length, but otherwise followed the pattern. I made covered buttons for the first time using a kit I got at the Japanese dollar store here in Bangkok (might be my new favorite store)- fun stuff.
I think next time I'd like to play with a lower neckline- a deeper V. Not sure how to go about that, but I'll figure it out!