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|Simplicity: 1939 (Misses dress in two lengths) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Fabric:||Polyester Chiffon [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Cynthia Rowley Dress in two lengths with sleeve variations, sleeveless, elbow length with ties and long. Gathered blouson bodice with tie neck. Hip yoke and gathered lower skirt.|
Pattern Sizing: 6 - 14. I made size 12.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I made view C, the short version but made the longer sleeves. I decided that I didn't want the ties flapping around my arms.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes they were clear enough and easy to follow though I was initially surprised to see that the long version had darts in the lower hem of the long skirt. (I guess it could be left without them if this was preferred)
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I simply liked the style of this dress. The blouson top is quite wide and fairly full with the gathers around the neckline but I rather like the way that this then drops over the tighter straight hip yoke section and then fills out again with the full skirt. In the same way this design is mirrored in the sleeves. They are tight at the bottom which allows them to be pushed up with the upper sleeve flowing over them.
A zip is inserted into the side seam of the hip yoke of the skirt. Above this in the bodice section the opening is fastened with snaps. It must be years since I have used them! At first I was unsure about using them and did wonder about using a longer zip. However this would not have worked as the bodice wouldn't have hung so well over the hip section.
The whole dress is lined. The fabric I was using, though quite dark. was quite thin and it needed a lining so this pattern was perfect. The sleeves were fully lined which allows them to look very neat at the lower edge.
Fabric Used: Polyester purple/multi peacock chiffon for dress. Pink polyester lining, the pink helping to lighten the colour of the dress.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: In the pattern the instructions for the short version do not include a lining but I fully lined it. As I sewed the longer sleeves, instructions for lining these were included. ( For information - the instructions for lining the long skirt have you attaching the lining at the lower edge - having already sewn the darts here). I simply lined the skirt as I would normally do, attaching at the dropped waist and hanging free and separate.
I didn't attach any ribbon trim on the yoke, and the only other alteration was to stitch the front centre seam much higher by about 3 " - it was incredibly low!
The tie neck band was cut on the cross. Now, I have recently read some reviews about just this issue. Some people commenting about whether it is really essential to use the bias. i.e it uses a lot of fabric and tends to twist with washing. Well I thought it would lie better if it was cut this way as the pattern instructs and yes it does lie OK. (whether it is any better I don't know) My only issue with the band is that it is the only bit of the dress which is not lined and as my fabric was rather thin, I think I could probably have done with adding a bit of extra body to it. There is quite a bit of bulk in this seam with all the gathers encased in the band so it could have done with being a bit heavier.
Close up of neckline
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I would recommend it to others. I really like the pattern, it is easy to wear, looks quite feminine and quite youthful (which is what I like!!) I'm looking forward to wearing it as we move into autumn, not too heavy and with the benefit of sleeves.
I plan to make the sleeveless version and have some fabric that would be suitable, don't know whether to make the short or long version.
Conclusion: A great Cynthia Rowley pattern!
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