Added Oct 16, 2010
I really love the Cynthia Rowley patterns for Simplicity, and I think this one is my absolute fave. It’s amazing that something with open shoulders and that huge slit down the back still comes off as casual and a little sophisticated. You’d think the shoulders would be tricky to sew, but the instructions are excellent, so the whole project was really straightforward. I think next summer I’ll try the sleeveless variation.
I used a cotton batik (LOVE this print!) which feels a little starchy, but is wearing in really nicely, and getting much softer. I highly recommend this pattern.
Blue and green cotton batik from Fabric Depot in Portland. They always have an excellent selection of batiks in rayon and cotton!
Go far afield in this collection of bib dresses, waistcoats, and wool jackets in textured fall fabri
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