Cynthia Rowley 1873 - Vintage Inspired
Added Jul 21, 2012
by Kathy Lamont
I was browsing in my local quilters shop probably about 8 months ago now when I first saw this fabric and I immediately fell in love with it.
It took another two trips to the shop and a lot of procrastinating to finally purchase it but I am so glad I did.
From the beginning of the project I knew that I wanted a vintage inspired dress, something super pretty and feminine.
I think I hardly took a breath whilst I was cutting it – as I needed to be precise with where the flowers fell – some of them are quite delicate and soft and others are more defined. I also fully line all of my dresses so there was a fair amount of cutting – this project took me probably about 8 weeks altogether as I just did a bit here and there and some weeks did nothing at all.
I used the Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity Pattern 1873. I chose the higher necked version A without sleeves. I did cut out the waist tabs and was looking forward to using them but completely forgot to add them when the time came and realised a tad too late (and also I hate unpicking). I actually think though that the pattern of the fabric probably does suit a plainer style pattern.
I am so happy with the outcome of this project and love my dress – its fits to perfection and has a great weight to it – its exactly what I was aspiring to acheive when I started.
I also made my daughter a matching dress with some leftover fabric.
‘Quilt Gate’ Quilters Cotton