Added Aug 15, 2010
The bodice of the dress is from Simplicity’s Cynthia Rowley 2497 and the skirt is from Burda’s Marie pattern. Sorry, the dress is a bit wrinkly but I was too excited to iron/steam the dress before taking pictures of the final product.
I’ve been wanting to make this dress ever since I saw the pattern online. I’m not really into the neckline ruffles, but I liked one of the options for the plain neckline with the super cute puffy sleeves (I love puffy sleeves, have you noticed?).
I used a cheaper crepe material as I have never successfully sewn with a slinky material. I finally figured out that it had to do with the machine needle, which made a world of difference. Cutting is still a pain because the material frays so easily, so lots of zigzag stitching and pinking around the edges, and a lot of vacuuming around my sewing area.
I decided to use the Marie skirt pattern instead because I thought the skirt portion of the pattern was a bit plain and because the sleeves were pleated, I thought a pleated skirt would look more appropriate. I used the waist yoke from the Marie pattern as well rather than from the Simplicity pattern, with pretty good success. I had to use the front waist yoke for both the front and the facing, I cannot understand why the waist yoke facing is larger than the waist yoke for the skirt, it doesn’t make sense and makes for unnecessary easing, which I absolutely detest.
Speaking of easing, I had to do A LOT of easing for the collar portion to the bodice portion again. So much that I did it over three days, and stitch ripping at least twice, which totally sucks. The sleeves were very easy to put together with a lining. I also added a lining to the skirt because it was a bit see-through for me, but the bodice was fine.
Even though this dress took me a bit longer to finish than I would have liked, I still love it. The pattern is very versatile, you can change the feel of the dress simply by fabric choice and colour of the fabric. I can’t wait to wear it to a friend’s wedding party next weekend!
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