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Cynthia Rowley 1873 - Vintage Inspired

Added Jul 21, 2012

by Kathy Lamont

Perth, Australia






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.

Material Notes

‘Quilt Gate’ Quilters Cotton




Garment Type

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    Jul 24, 2012, 01.36 AMby flowergirl22

    really nice, love the colour of the fabric,, goes well,, and the little girl soooooo cute

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    Jul 22, 2012, 08.55 AMby kess

    This fabric is truly beautiful! it really does fit perfectly! I love it!

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    Jul 22, 2012, 12.05 AMby wildflower31

    The fabric is perfect tor that dress

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    Jul 21, 2012, 06.40 PMby SassyT

    Very Pretty

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    Jul 21, 2012, 05.01 PMby GeraldineRead

    Gorgeous dresses! Agree with the poster above – I wouldn’t have thought it was made from quilting cotton – you have a good eye!

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    Jul 21, 2012, 02.40 PMby G-A-

    Lovely dress. It suits you very well and I never would have guessed it was quilter cotton.

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