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CocoWawa Crafts Honeycomb Makes – 2 Dresses & a Shirt

Okay if you’ve read my blog for a while you know that I’m a big fan of CocoWawa Crafts Patterns, so it should be no surprise that when Ana released her latest pattern “Honeycomb” I knew I had to have it in my wardrobe. 

The Honeycomb Pattern 

The Honeycomb pattern is a playful shirtwaist dress that features princess seams, a back yoke, mandarin collar, gathered skirt with side tie bows and of course pockets. 

Pattern review for the Honeycomb dress and shirt pattern from CocoWawa Crafts. This delightful pattern features princess seams, mandarin collar and gathered skirt or peplum with bow ties.
What’s not to love about the Honeycomb?

Like many other CocoWaw Craft patterns the Honeycomb can be made into a dress or top. I really liked the idea of both the dress and the top so instead of deciding which to make I  made both. Then turned around and made a second dress, you know just cause. 

Honeycomb Construction

I must admit I kept putting this pattern on the backburner because of the number of pieces the pattern includes. I was worried that the construction wouldn’t necessarily be hard, but tedious. 

Pattern review for the Honeycomb dress and shirt pattern from CocoWawa Crafts. This delightful pattern features princess seams, mandarin collar and gathered skirt or peplum with bow ties.
These bow ties are such a fun detail to the Honeycomb pattern

By the end of June, I knew I really wanted a version of the Honeycomb to take on vacation with me and I really wanted a version to share during the #HoneycombSewalong Ana was hosting. 

So, one weekend I decided to knock out what would be my first of three Honeycombs. 

             
Sewing Summary
Date June 30 Pattern review for the Honeycomb dress and shirt pattern from CocoWawa Crafts. This delightful pattern features princess seams, mandarin collar and gathered skirt or peplum with bow ties.
Pattern: CocoWawa Crafts Honeycomb
Version: Dress with short sleeves
Size: Size 6
Notes & Modification: No changes to the pattern
Recommendations: Make more
Difficulty: intermediate beginner Rating:

Despite my hesitations, the dress came together super fast. The construction was very straightforward and as always the CocoWawa Crafts video sewalong was a big help for demonstrating some of the tricky bits, such as the back yoke construction. 

Pattern review for the Honeycomb dress and shirt pattern from CocoWawa Crafts. This delightful pattern features princess seams, mandarin collar and gathered skirt or peplum with bow ties.
I really like the look of the back yoke on the Honeycomb pattern

I was so happy with my first Honeycomb and how fast it came together I ended up making three in total, two dresses, and a shirt. 

The Sailboat Honeycomb

When I got to making the Honeycomb I had just finished my Sew Together for Summer wrap dress and I really loved the sailboat print on that dress.

Sailboat fabric for CocoWawa Crafts Honeycomb
This sailboat fabric was just perfect for a Honeycomb dress

Keeping with the nautical theme I looked through my stash and found that I had a different lighter weight white cotton fabric that had red and white sailboats on it. I thought this print would be perfect for the Honeycomb.  

Since I wanted to make this dress for vacation and only had the weekend to make it, I didn’t even bother pattern matching the fabric. I just focused on making the dress. 

This dress was exactly what I hoped, and I love it!

The print on this dress is lovely and wanted to really make the dress pop with my button choice. I took a long time going through my button stash but ended up choosing these Perl like red buttons and I absolutely love them. 

Pattern review for the Honeycomb dress and shirt pattern from CocoWawa Crafts. This delightful pattern features princess seams, mandarin collar and gathered skirt or peplum with bow ties.
Vintage buttons are a perfect pairing to this dress

While you can use ribbon for the tie straps on the skirt sides, I opted to just make mine out of the same fabric. This is one of my favorite features of this dress. 

The Honeycomb Top

In my Me Made May Lessons, I shared that I needed more tops in my wardrobe, after seeing some lovely top versions of the Honeycomb pop up on Instagram, I knew I needed to make one. 

Pattern review for the Honeycomb dress and shirt pattern from CocoWawa Crafts. This delightful pattern features princess seams, mandarin collar and gathered skirt or peplum with bow ties.
The Honeycomb pattern makes a great blouse too!

As it turns out I had just enough of this lovely denim blue color dotted swiss fabric left over from another sewing project, to make a Honeycomb top. 

While I loved my sailboat Honeycomb, I almost want to say that I love the top even more. (almost, it’s so hard to choose a favorite) 

Pattern review for the Honeycomb dress and shirt pattern from CocoWawa Crafts. This delightful pattern features princess seams, mandarin collar and gathered skirt or peplum with bow ties.
The Honeycomb shirt maybe my fave

I love the way this top looks with jeans and how it can be dressed up with slacks. Usually, I’m not a fan of peplums but I think that is what makes the Honeycomb top so fun, and I love it. 

I definitely plan to make more Honeycomb tops and possibly even ones with long sleeves for autumn, but I’ll have to add that to the sewing queue for now. 

Pattern review for the Honeycomb dress and shirt pattern from CocoWawa Crafts. This delightful pattern features princess seams, mandarin collar and gathered skirt or peplum with bow ties.
I love the dotted swiss fabric I used to make my Honeycomb top

Sea Turtle Honeycomb

After making my Honeycomb top and with only days left in the sewalong challenge I thought I was done making Honeycombs for a while.

Pattern review for the Honeycomb dress and shirt pattern from CocoWawa Crafts. This delightful pattern features princess seams, mandarin collar and gathered skirt or peplum with bow ties.

Then as fate should have it I went out antiquing that weekend with my hubby and stumbled upon 10 yards of this fun sea turtle fabric. 

While the print may be fun what really caught my eye was the colors. The greens, pinks, and blues are so my colors. I fell in love. 

Pattern review for the Honeycomb dress and shirt pattern from CocoWawa Crafts. This delightful pattern features princess seams, mandarin collar and gathered skirt or peplum with bow ties.
The mandarin collar makes the Honeycomb stand out from other shirtdresses

Once I snatched up the fabric I knew that the first thing I would make with this fun whimsical fabric had to be an equally fun and whimsical dress, so of course that meant another Honeycomb. 

OMG… It really is so hard to pick a fave. I really love my sea turtle Honeycomb dress and the lovely green buttons I paired it with. This dress is so cute, all I need are some turtle jewelry to go with it. 

Pattern review for the Honeycomb dress and shirt pattern from CocoWawa Crafts. This delightful pattern features princess seams, mandarin collar and gathered skirt or peplum with bow ties.
These colors might make this my fave Honeycomb dress… might

Honeycomb Sewalong 

While at first, I didn’t know if I would even be able to make a Honeycomb in time for the sewalong, the simplicity of the construction and great instructions made it easy. So, that I ended up with two dresses and a shirt. 

Of course, this isn’t the last we’ve seen of the Honeycomb, I will be making more, but probably later this year. 

Pattern review for the Honeycomb dress and shirt pattern from CocoWawa Crafts. This delightful pattern features princess seams, mandarin collar and gathered skirt or peplum with bow ties.

Once again CocoWawa Crafts has made a great pattern that is easy to put together, has fun details and is just super cute. 

If you haven’t had a chance to check out  CocoWawa Crafts you really need to! Also if you are looking for some inspiration for your Honeycomb make be sure to search Instagram with the hashtag #HoneycombSewalong for some amazing makes. 

I’d love to hear in the comments below if you’ve made this pattern and what your thoughts were. 

Pattern review for the Honeycomb dress and shirt pattern from CocoWawa Crafts. This delightful pattern features princess seams, mandarin collar and gathered skirt or peplum with bow ties.

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Akram Taghavi-Burris

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