This is yet another project that I planned to make earlier this year, but got put off until recently. Then lack of availability made photo taking a bit delayed as well. But finally, as we head into mid-October, I present you with a really lovely spring/summer dress. My sister bought some pretty cotton voile last year and I had this Cynthia Rowley pattern in mind as soon as she showed the fabric to me:
|Simplicity 1801 – A Cynthia Rowley pattern.|
I thought this was a fantastic pattern and the results look pretty cute:
|My sister in her Cynthia Rowley Simplicity dress!|
|Who doesn’t love a dress with pockets?|
|The back – almost as cute as the front.
I love that the top and skirt have
slight gathers at the waistband.
|There are also small gathers at the shoulder yokes too.|
And here is my official Pattern Review:
Pattern Description: Dress in two lengths, or tunic top, with sleeve variations.
Pattern Sizing: Sizes (6-8-10-12-14) and (14-16-18-20-22). I found that this pattern actually ran pretty true to size, though I did check the measurements on the pattern sheet before I made the pattern for my sister.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very easy. The instructions were very straightforward, and I thought the construction order made sense. I found I didn’t really need to use them very much though because there wasn’t anything too complex with this pattern.
What did you particularly like/dislike about this pattern? Likes: The style is super cute, and it is a very easy pattern to put together. I also thought the drafting on the pattern was excellent – everything fit together so well I was rather pleased. The pockets and sleeves were a big hit with my sister as well. Dislikes: I think the skirt is drafted a bit short. My sister is on the shorter side to begin with, but to keep the skirt a respectable length I had to do a narrow hem instead of the 1.25″ hem Simplicity wanted me to use. Also, the cut on the neckline is a bit low. My sister has requested I add a panel to the top so that she can safely wear this dress to work.
Fabric used: Cotton voile (print and solid) that my sister got from Fashion Fabrics Club. I underlined everything with a poly/cotton twill because the voile was too thin. I also used interfacing as directed by the instructions.
Pattern alterations or design changes you made: None, except that I reduced the depth of the hem. One of the reasons I love sewing for my sister – she doesn’t require nearly as many fit alterations as I do. (Note: After the photos were taken I also added a small modesty panel to the deep v-neck as well.)
Would you sew this again? Would you recommend this to others? I would sew this again – I would actually consider making a dress like this for myself, though I am really liking the look of that tunic top. The maxi style in this pattern is also cute. And my sister might want another version of this dress too. So, yes, I expect I will be making more of this pattern sometime in the future. I would definitely recommend this to others – it is a fantastic pattern – but I would caution that the neckline is a bit low (not scandalously low, but perhaps a bit more exposed than some might be comfortable with), and that the skirt hem will be very high if you don’t add length. These are easy fixes though, so I still think this would be a great pattern for anyone to sew.
Conclusion: Great pattern! It is cute, well drafted, with good instructions. There are also a lot of nice variations in one envelope. What else could one ask for in a pattern?