I recently had the pleasure of pattern testing for the lovely Ana, the brains behind indie pattern company Cocowawa Crafts. I’ve never pattern tested for anyone before and I didn’t know what the pattern was going to be before committing to it, but I love the aesthetic of Ana’s patterns (despite never having made any yet) so I knew I was in good hands.
The new pattern, released a couple of weeks ago, is the Honeycomb Shirt & Dress Pattern. As the name suggests it comes with the choice to make a mid-length dress or a shirt with a peplum. It also has three options for sleeves, full length with bows at the cuff, elbow length or sleeveless.
I chose to make the sleeveless dress in beautifully soft rayon by Art Gallery Fabrics (now sold out but more like it can be found here) as I want to be able to wear this on holiday in a hot country.
The dress has a relaxed fit which is drawn in at the waist with ties to form a couple of cute bows. As well as the bows, the main features of the pattern include a mandarin collar, a partial button placket and princess seams which will be wonderful for anyone who needs to make fit adjustments.
My measurements equated to a size 5 at the bust, and 6 at the waist and hips. Due to the loose fit I opted to cut a size 5 throughout and it worked well as long as I don’t pull the ties fully closed. This meant I didn’t have to do any grading between sizes.
The only adjustment I made was to take the bodice in under the arms. Because I’d made the sleeveless version there was excess fabric under the arms and the arm hole was much bigger than it needed to be.
I’m 5 foot 9 inches tall and the dress falls at knee length on me which I love. It’s perfect for wearing to work and I can pair with tights in the winter but I don’t feel exposed wearing it without in the summer.
The instructions are clear and Ana has set up additional information on her YouTube channel and blog for anyone who wants to see further details. This was my first ever button placket and mandarin collar and I’m pretty pleased for a first attempt. Overall I’d say this is an excellent pattern for anyone who’s looking to take their sewing from beginner to advanced beginner and try some new techniques.
Have you made the Honeycomb yet or are you thinking of giving it a go? Please link me to your makes in the comments as I’d love to see them. Even more so if you’ve made it in Fabric Magpie fabrics. You can see my vlog about the dress here.