Tea dress time

Just as summer is about to arrive I’m finally sharing with you my new make. A beautiful spring/summer tea dress that I made while testing the new pattern from CocoWawa Crafts!

It was about time, don’t you think? Six months into 2018 and this dress was all that I manage to sew meanwhile… Don’t get me wrong, it didn’t take me six months to make this dress. In fact, it was ready in a couple of days. But somehow over the past months I just haven’t found the space for sewing and/or blogging. I’m either busy or tired (or both!) and without a routine life has become some sort of constant ‘rush-rush’ to next thing until I collapse in bed at the end of the day. So what has been keeping me so busy?


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If you read my latest post (yes, that one from 3 months ago!), you know that I was busy at the time preparing for my Ph.D. defense and looking for a job. Well, both are now in the past! I have successfully defended my Ph.D. thesis and have been granted the title of Doctor. For the job search, this didn’t mean much, as I was looking for a job outside academia, but it means the world to my grandparents so I just let them address me like that ;) Jokes aside, I really value my Ph.D. and all that I’ve learned but indeed I did not find it easy to convince companies of my transferable skills. I could write an entire article about the job search process and how I felt recruiters and managers alike to undervalue my Ph.D. and the skills I developed during the past four years as it was not ‘real’ work experience… But that’s a story for another time. What is important is that in the end it all worked out and I got an offer for what basically is my dream job! I’ll be transitioning from Astrophysics to Data Science as I wanted! I’m over the moon about it and so excited to start this new chapter! I will start my new job in a couple of months and meanwhile, I have been busy taking advanced Dutch classes so that I can take the national exam and I’m also taking some online courses so that I can be better prepared to start my new job!

In the middle of all that, there was not much time or energy left for my hobbies, but I couldn’t resist Ana’s invitation to be a tester for CocoWawa’s new pattern, the Honeycomb shirt & dress. It was the perfect excuse for spending some time alone with my sewing machine, a much-needed sort of therapy!

Outfit details

Honeycomb dress  – Handmade by The petite Cat (pattern by CocoWawaCrafts, available here);  Basket bag – Mango (similar here); Sandals – Castañer –  (available here)

Shot by C.E.; Edit & Concept by The petite Cat

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I love this dress! It has lovely details and fits beautifully. It was my first time making buttonholes in a garment and I now regret it took me so long to give it a try! For me, this is the perfect spring/summer tea dress and I love to wear it with my new Castañer espadrilles. I had my eyes on these espadrilles since last summer and finally decided it was time to add them to my ever-growing shoe collection. They’re super comfortable and very feminine and I’m sure I’ll wear them a lot through the summer. As for the sewing pattern and the construction of the dress, I will tell you about it in another post, coming soon! What I can say for now is that if you’re looking for a beautiful shirt/dress pattern, you should definitely give a try to the Honeycomb Shirt & Dress. Also, Ana from CocoWawa Crafts is hosting a sewalong for this pattern during the month of June (with prizes and all!) so be sure to check it out here!






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