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Posted on:3/14/14 0:32 AM
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Project Photo:Simplicity: 1872 by misshollywood17

Simplicity: 1872 by misshollywood17  
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Pattern Rating:Easy & Great for Beginners
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 2 people   
See other patterns in this category: Dresses    Accessories    Tops    Skirts    
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Fabric:Polyester Chiffon  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: Misses' pullover dress in two lengths with tiered skirt or top and tie belt. Cynthia Rowley Collection.

Pattern Sizing: - I cut this dress in a size 10. It fits great - very flexible in sizing. Could have fit gorgeously on a 14 (as shown in my picture)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? The dress did look like the photo on the front of the pattern, though it was a little fluffier than the one in the picture. I think it's because I used a cotton and then put a sheer overlay. Whereas the picture it looks like they just used a single layer of silk. No biggy.

Were the instructions easy to follow? - The instructions were easy to follow. I didn't feel like using bias tape for the front, so I made my own hidden seam.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? - The pattern was quick to sew up. I had a little thinking to do when adding the flounces on, but it was a breeze otherwise. I can't believe how quickly I made the dress. Cutting out the pattern took the most time it seemed. The pattern also has a 6" allowance in it, making for a very relaxed fit. If you are worried about your armholes, then cut a size smaller and maybe extend the flounces to be a little longer. All of her patterns are loose fitting. You can also use the sash to cinch the waist.

Fabric Used: I used a recycled curtain for the chiffon overlay and recycled bed sheets for the soft cotton underlay.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: - I decided to do a sheer overlay. Because the dress doesn't have to be lined, I didn't sew the dress in the way you traditionally would sew an overlay. I just sewed the cotton to the chiffon. I used a rolled serger hem for the bottom of the flounces, and decided not to use bias tape for the front though I might next time. I also made my own sash with material. I think the pattern lets you cheat with wide ribbon. Also, a camisole would be highly suggested for busty gals. Or, a little security snap in the front if you are worried.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? - I am sewing this again in a beige this time. Same method. I never like to suggest using slippery materials for beginners. This dress really lends itself to that. But, there are so many other amazing lightweight flowy fabrics that will work equally well that beginners would be comfortable working with.

Conclusion: This pattern is great for a beginnger. It's also great for someone who wants a very relaxed fit. All of Cynthia Rowley's patterns have lots of forgiveness in them. Great for ladies with boyish or straight figures. Also good for all other body types.

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Jrhee said...
Very cute on you!
3/14/14 1:32 AM
meggipeg said...
Very cute dress and I LOVE your photos!
3/14/14 2:34 AM
msschiel said...
This is adorable! It would make a nice, casual, country wedding dress!
3/14/14 5:49 AM
misshollywood17 said...
Thanks so much. My cousin is a studying photographer and this was a good opportunity for his portfolio.
3/14/14 1:14 PM
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