I was so flattered when Ana asked me if I’d like to be part of the Honeycomb blog tour! I hadn’t seen the pattern at that point, but CocoWawa’s cute, fun and girly style is 100% in keeping with my own and I knew that I would love it. I wasn’t disappointed and I think this might be my favourite CocoWawa pattern yet although the Cinnamon trousers are pretty high on my list.
I’m usually drawn to bold and fun prints, but decided to stick to a block colour for this project to really let the pretty details of the Honeycomb do the talking. I chose the Martha pink viscose twill which is honestly the softest fabric I have ever worked with and I want to make everything out of it now! It’s also available in mint green if anyone wants to be my Honeycomb twin?
This was my first time using a CocoWawa pattern and Ana’s instructions and illustrations are super clear and beginner-friendly. The only technique that I had trouble with was the burrito/back yoke, but luckily fellow Sunshine Blogger Chantelle had been one of the Honeycomb pattern testers and pointed me in the direction of this helpful video. Of course, it makes total sense when you know how!
I made a size three as per my measurements, although I ended up with excess fabric in the sleeve/armpit area and decided to trim this down. The top of the dress is designed to be loose-fitting, but as I have rather narrow shoulders, this didn’t look quite right on me. I took in approximately 2cm from the waist to the armpit, and also took some of the volume and length from the sleeves and I’m thrilled with how they turned out. I also shortened the skirt to knee length.
My favourite feature is the little bows at the waist - not only are they super feminine and flattering, they allow you to discreetly loosen the waist of your dress after a particularly indulgent lunch! I also love the mandarin collar - it’s so chic but also practical for those who are sun-shy like me. This pattern has infinite hacking potential and I would love to try adding a frill to the princess seams, or an A-line skirt instead of gathers.
For Spring/Summer, Ana recommends light to medium weight fabrics such as cotton, chambray, linen, light denim, viscose, rayon, double gauze and cotton lawn and there’s just so many beautiful ones to choose from! Some of my favourites include this sky blue cotton linen, striped Alice cotton linen and this mustard floral vine cotton lawn.
If you’ve been inspired, why not join in with the Honeycomb Sewalong which is running 12 to 22 June and you could win a £20 Sew Me Sunshine voucher, three Pink Coat Club enamel pins or a CocoWawa pattern of your choice!
I was provided with this fabric free of charge by Sew Me Sunshine in exchange for this blog post. The Honeycomb dress pattern was provided by CocoWawa crafts in exchange for taking part in the blog tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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