Print Overload for This Cynthia Rowley DIY Dress

Print Overload for this Cynthia Rowley DIY Dress [Sew What Series Simplicity 1802]




[This DIY dress was made for and modeled by my daughter Mori]


Yeaaahhhhh Boooyyyy, Spring is in the air! And boy do I have a Black & White DIY dress for you. So just like many of you, I am a fabric hoarder and blogging for Fabric Mart does not help my habit. I am shopping all the time, I mean all the time and of course when the new fabrics are posted, I am there for those special moments. I feel bad when I'm ready to post and the fabrics I have used are almost always sold out and so this post will be no different. The main prints that I used are all gone. If you're not into mixing prints a single print or a solid knit fabric for this dress just as well.


 [The Prints 1 & 2 were Fabric Mart Prints #3 is a Joann Fabric]


So lets talk about this dress! I love Cynthia Rowley patterns with Simplicity. They are always a little edgy and I like that because bold print fabrics work well with edgy. I have had this pattern in my stash for a while so it was nice to finally use it.


Pattern Review:  Simplicity 1802

Did it look like the picture on the pattern envelope? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

What did you like about the pattern? I loved all the piping in this dress and the sleeves. 


 What did you dislike about the pattern? I did not like inserting a side invisible zipper over bulk and piping...arrggghhh!!! I may not add the lining my next go around, yes it looks all pretty inside but I would like to eliminate the issues I had with the bulk near the zipper. 

Fabric Used: Cotton knit/Rayon/Lycra Jersey Knit. Make sure the fabric that you are using where the zipper will be inserted is not too thick. The dress top has a lining and the fabrics I used were not thick at all but with all of the pieces together and then inserting an invisible zipper was a bit much

Pattern alterations or any changes you made: None but I did use bias tape on the hem of the dress.


Would you sew it again? Yes, I want to make a solid black version, so that Mori can have a little black dress in her closet.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes

Conclusion: This is a perfect dress to mix up prints and it has a very flattering silhouette for all different shapes.


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