Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fantastic and safe new years eve. I'm awful at making (and keeping) resolutions so I haven't made an official resolution. I always have the same goals for myself, though. I always want to improve my sewing in both personal and business sewing. I'm at a good place in my life with a new job, a new "home" and more focus than ever.
To start the new year off right, I made a new dress! Monday night, after work, I decided that I really wanted to uses this gorgeous fabric I picked up at JoAnn's for a new years eve dress. Granted I didn't give myself much time, but I like a challenge.
I had the fabric, all I needed was the pattern. I chose to make Simplicity 1873 – an adorable little dress from Cynthia Rowley. I've attempted this dress for my sister before but it didn't work out so this was a chance to get it right. Cynthia Rowley's patterns are excellent and I've used a few before so I knew that this dress was achievable.
Monday night I finished the bodice of the dress and prepped to finish the skirt tuesday night. I had work on Tuesday until 4, leaving only a few hours to finish.
I made "view A" with the cap sleeves and higher neckline but cut "view C" for a shorter skirt. Tuesday night I had to finish the pleating, insert the zipper and hem the skirt. All in all, it took about 2 hours on Tuesday to complete and I posed for photos minutes before our friends started coming over.
The pattern is great for a novice sewer, someone who has made a few things before but ready to enhance their skills. It has a simple bodice and skirt, although I had a few issues with the pleating (totally my fault for not copying the pattern correctly). The pattern was meant to have a lining but i didn't add it because of time and the fabric I chose didn't require it. This is such a great party dress to sew and I definitely recommend it. Cynthia Rowley will always be a favorite.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!