And suddenly, it’s spring!

No, I’m not quite sure how that happened either. The last few weeks I’ve been having fun with a little secret project involving a large amount of luscious silk (I’ll post as soon as I have the photos), working too much and cutting most of my hair off. But Spring is here – you can smell the jasmine on the wind everywhere.

Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity - July 2014

This project is such a long time in the making: I started this dress to wear for my brother’s wedding. Well, that was over 2 years ago, and this sat unfinished, only needing a hem and a zip for all that time. No idea why. A couple of months back in a fit of tidying fervour I picked it up again and finally finished it in about an hour. One of those cases when you have no idea why you put it off for so long.

Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity - July 2014

This is Simplicity 1873, A Cynthia Rowley pattern, which has a really cool irregular pleat thing happening in the skirt, and flattering bodice. I made view C, without the waist tabs and I think it is super cute.

Of course, the fabric is a large part of the appeal. This is a Nani Iro print from a couple of years back, and it is just amazing to sew with. It just glides through your sewing machine and presses beautifully, and the designs are glorious. This is the cotton/linen blend (from memory) and I have to admit I went out and bought another couple of metres right after I cut this out because I couldn’t bear not having it my stash!

Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity - July 2014

To make up for the beautiful outer I decided to even it out by lining the bodice in the more horrifically slippery and terrible fabric ever – I think it was cupro and it frayed like the proverbial and warped all over the place. When I finally picked this up again to finish I had to undo all the darts in it to get it to fit inside the bodice. No idea why. Possibly burying it in piles of stuff for 2 years doesn’t do good things for retaining an accurate shape?

Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity - July 2014

Because I did the bulk of sewing such a long time ago, I’m not sure i can accurately give much comment on the pattern, but here’s the best I can do:

Pros: This is a really cute design and the pleats give it a nice point of difference from your standard fit and flare dress.
Cons: The skirt is really long when you are putting it together, and the pleating can be really quite confusing if you haven’t marked it properly (including the direction you are folding it).

I didn’t do any fit adjustments at all and I’m happy with how it all sits. It is a little short but I am caring less and less about that as I get older. I’ve got another of these cut out already – and this time I hope it won’t take me so long to finish it!

Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity - July 2014

The details:

And suddenly, it’s spring!