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Simplicity Cynthia Rowley 1873

Added Apr 9, 2014

by Mary Williams

Austin, Texas, U...






This dress is like pleat city! There are pleats all over the skirt and pleats on the cap sleeves. It made for a slower sewing process and it also makes for a LOT of ironing after you start washing and wearing this dress. But they are so pretty! I decided to line the entire dress because the cotton I used was lightweight and didn’t hold as much shape as I would have liked. The lining helps give it more retro-inspired pouf, which I like. I also added pockets in the skirt side seams.

Material Notes

I used a Japanese cotton for the dress exterior and an acetate lining.




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Business, Casual, Classic, Preppy, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Blends, Linen, Polyester, Rayon, Shirting, Suiting

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    Apr 11, 2014, 02.29 AMby schorst1

    Adorable! Perfect fit and color for you! Have you tried using a standing steamer instead of ironing? I find it much faster for gathered and pleated garments

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      Apr 12, 2014, 01.55 AMby Mary Williams

      Thank you! And no… I don’t use a standing steamer but now I think I need to get one! Thanks for the tip!!

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    Apr 9, 2014, 07.18 PMby slmnstyle

    Great dress! I love the color and the pockets you added.

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      Apr 10, 2014, 12.17 AMby Mary Williams

      Thank you! The pockets were such an easy addition… totally worth it.

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    Apr 9, 2014, 04.35 PMby Moimisie

    Very cute dress! i love all the pleats and the fabric is dashing!

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      Apr 10, 2014, 12.17 AMby Mary Williams

      Thanks! I love the fabric, too. My favorite cotton to this day…

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    Apr 9, 2014, 03.11 PMby SassyT

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    Apr 9, 2014, 02.36 PMby kisses

    Nice dress

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    Apr 9, 2014, 11.30 AMby Lolibraun


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    Apr 9, 2014, 10.53 AMby Deanna31

    The pleats were sooo worth it! Very sweet

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    Apr 9, 2014, 07.13 AMby liliv-1

    It’s an awesome dress! The shape is so feminine and the fabric is lovely!

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    Apr 9, 2014, 05.04 AMby Mary Athey

    gorgeous dress!! The fabric is so lovely and it fits you perfectly. Great photos as well x

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