Friday, April 7, 2017

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.

Well there you have it folks another mixed and matched up creation by Moi. Maybe this ain't your cup of tea so I'd say, just envision the dress in a fabric of your choosing because it is a stunning dress
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25 comments

  1. Zing-Zing! Always love black and white--this is no exception! The piping really sets it off. The pattern choice was great for this fabric combo idea too.

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    1. let me tell you I wasn't sure about mixing the prints on this one because there were so many panels. As I was going along I was like, I don't know how this is going to turn out. So I wasn't in love with it at first but then it came alive. It's a fun dress. The jury is still out on if my daughter likes it.......

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  2. Hi, I am new to your blog and I must comment on your beautiful creations. Wow... and this dress is absolutely gorgeous on Mori. Love the mix of prints. You definitely have a designing eye and so creative. Well done, beautiful job!

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    1. Welcome to the fam Joy!Mori is my ride or die chick who's face you see all over this blog but it's me that creating the looks. I hope you subscribed to my newsletter. I will be publishing a magazine that will be released the end of the year, so stay tuned for that.

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  3. Wowza. . .This dress is Amazing and your Mori is such a lucky gal.

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    1. Thanks Mz Netis but the funny thing is I have to keep reminding her how lucky she is...kids!

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  4. I see ya.. Fabulous. It would be nice in solid with piping of mix & match with print. Tell fabric mart to stock up so they get some sewing love on the fabrics.
    Smooches Queendeb

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    1. Heeey Queen B, Fabric Mart has so many sales that why their fabrics go so quickly an we get it maybe a month or two before we post.

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  5. This is so gorgeous
    I saw this pattern early today and was thinking did I have this in my stash I really love the lines

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    1. Make it! A ITY knit will work well for that zipper insert, less bulk. I just don't really like working with ITY.

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  6. Love the mix of black and white with the ReD!!!! Great pattern play!

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    1. I knew I had you with the red! Thanks!

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  7. Guurl this right here!!!!!I don't even know where to start, this is a straight masterpiece with the salt n pepper mix!!!! You know I'm straight love this!!! Now this is how you welcome spring and the with heat of the red steppers, hotness!!!

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    1. 0-Kaaaaayyyy! Jennifer your comments always crack me up! Thanks lady.

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  8. Great job! You are right - it is alive

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  9. Fantastic job with the print mixing! Love the dress.

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