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Birthday Dress - Simplicity 2497

Added Dec 10, 2009

by kellyo

Dublin, Ireland






A dress I made for my birthday party, using Cynthia Rowleys Simplicity pattern 2497. I shortened the length, changed the bottom part to pleats instead of a gather and added a brooch to the front.

Material Notes

A dirty gold coloured stiff satin, purchased on sale for €5 per metre.




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    Dec 11, 2009, 02.20 PMby barbaraagatha

    So sad: they do not sell this any more on the international site… I fear I’ll have to get creative to “copy” the idea sans a pattern. Uhhhh. scary.

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    Dec 10, 2009, 09.05 PMby sewclairey

    I love you fabric choice. I searched high and low for this pattern, and I finally found it…and haven’t had the occasion / fabric for it! One day maybe!!

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    Dec 10, 2009, 06.55 PMby migoe

    really beautiful, love the idea of adding the brooch!

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    Dec 10, 2009, 04.31 PMby scheryka

    Very chic and sassy. Sexy.

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    Dec 10, 2009, 10.40 AMby beebo1004

    This is gorgeous and looks amazing on you. Love the pattern, fabric and brooch. Sooo right about the pleates instead of gathers. Congrats.

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    Dec 10, 2009, 04.50 AMby gdac

    I love it!!! This is my next project – I have material & all other essentials… just need the stitching time. I do like the idea of the pleats, was it difficult?

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      Dec 10, 2009, 05.41 PMby kellyo

      Thanks for the positive feedback!
      I made the skirt two sizes bigger than the rest of the dress – a 12 for the skirt and an 8 for the bodice and the waistband. This helped give a little more volume to the skirt and gave me a little more fabric to play with in the pleats. The hardest thing was making sure both sides were even, but after that it was plain sailing!
      Best of luck with yours, looking forward to seeing the finished item!

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    Dec 10, 2009, 03.06 AMby fashionqueen920

    this is beautiful! i have this pattern and have been to lazy to make it but after seeing yours i want to make one

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    Dec 10, 2009, 02.26 AMby ginasophia

    BEAUTIFUL neckline!! I love it

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    Dec 10, 2009, 12.48 AMby jenna428

    I love it!

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