Mini Review – Clover Chaco Liner, Plus Hawthorn is Chugging Along

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Colette / in-progress / review - sewing stuff / Sewing / Sewing Patterns

Two weeks into work and i’ve decided I don’t want to be an adult anymore!  Full time work is hard.  I really should’ve appreciated uni life more while I was still able to sleep during class without repurcussions.  Speaking of sleep, that’s pretty much I all do nowadays outside of work because I am so exhausted.  Zzzzz.  I’m sorry I haven’t been reading anyone’s blogs, either.  I’ll get back to it soon!  I just need to find my footing first.

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Anyway i’ve managed to cobble together my Hawthorn for the sew-along.  It hasn’t been easy going to be honest.  Firstly, I found that the Hawthorn collar pieces are a little short:

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I’ve circled where the pattern indicates the collar should end and the collar doesn’t end that far.  I double checked instructions and cutting and everything and it keeps happening :(.  Thankfully it doesn’t look too odd, but it’s a little annoying!

The other issue I ran into was my own mistake.  I did something so stupid that after I noticed it I nearly cried.  The skirt part is made up of 4 pieces, left and right front pieces, and left and right back pieces.  I cut only left pieces of the front and back, two of each.  I could not believe I had done that when I went to sew my skirt together.

So um… I am not sure what i’m going to do about that right now.  I’m just trying to block it out of my mind and pretend I didn’t just do that.  LALALALALALA!

In other news, let me tell you guys about one of my absolute favourite sewing notions ever.  Ever!

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It’s my Clover Chaco Liner!  I remember when I saw one of these I searched online for a review because they’re mega expensive for what amounts to a chalk wheel and I wanted to know what they were like.  Unfortunately I didn’t find a single review!  I still decided to get it though because I am a sucker for fancy looking sewing notions, and plus I am also a sucker for everything Clover makes.

I started off just buying one, and now I have three.  They make such a fine line and they last a really long time before you need to get a refill.

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I really hated how tailor’s chalk and pencils go blunt and leave thick, imprecise lines, but this hasn’t been an issue with the Chaco Liner.  Also because the tip is a fine wheel that dispenses chalk powder, so you don’t have to sharpen it.  The only problem is they are extremely expensive at around $17 AUD each!  So my verdict is it’s nice to have around, but you definitely don’t need one to sew.

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10 Comments

  1. zibergirl says

    Your bodice looks really nice despite the collar issue. I made up the Hawthorn blouse and noticed that the collar it didn’t seem to match where the dots were as well. I also noticed that the sleeve seams are not the same length, and I wasn’t sure whether to match them up under the arm or at the end of the sleeve. I settled for somewhere in between. I have plans to make three Hawthorn dresses for each of my daughters so I appreciate the heads up on paying attention to the layout of the skirt. Hopefully you can make it work. Do you have enough fabric for a peplum? You could make a house.

    • Thank you! And thanks for letting me know about the sleeve issue – i’m currently working on a blouse. I hate sleeves so I don’t need to added stress of thinking I did something wrong! I managed to make it work, I don’t think I had enough fabric to make a ‘house’ :P!

  2. Your Hawthorn is looking gorgeous – no one in ‘real life’ is going to know about the collar – we won’t tell.

  3. it looks good! I thought the collar part was part of the design:) I love Clover too- their stuff is so useful and innovative

    • Thank you! I agree with your thoughts on Clover – I don’t think I could sew without them! I have so much other stuff by them that has been so useful.

  4. I love the fabric you chose! I actually saw a fix for the collar on a blog I was reading yesterday, I searched my history but I couldn’t find it! It was something to do with sewing a smaller seam allowance somewhere, then it fit perfectly.

    • Thanks Zoe, I think I found it or something similar – still annoyed that it doesn’t work out as per instructions though grrr.

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