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Hot Pink Houndstooth Cynthia Rowley Maxi Dress

Added Jul 1, 2011

by Danielle Mac...

Brooklyn, New Yo...






I once fell in love with a hot pink silk Calvin Klein maxi dress at Loehmanns. There was only one, and it was a size 2, which I thought would never happen. Ironically, I soon lost enough weight to make it fit perfectly, and always wished I had bought it. This is my version and I actually like it better. This fabric is just amazing. The color is beautiful and it has a very subtle houndstooth pattern to it that shines and changes in the light.

I had a hard time with this because I certainly cut the wrong size. I imprudently serged all my seams before any fitting, assuming there wouldn’t be much to do. I ended up having to take it in an inch on each side and the bindings don’t quite match up like they did before. So, If I sewed it again I would cut a smaller size. Also, I think I would line the bust and maybe even sew in bra pads. I had a terrible time trying to find the right bra to wear with this.

Material Notes

mystery blend




Garment Type
Beach, Casual


Simplicity 2587

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    Jul 24, 2011, 12.23 AMby nehozack

    I love dress and it looks amazing on you.

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    Jul 7, 2011, 02.08 AMby aricheson

    Beautiful work!!!

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    Jul 6, 2011, 06.19 PMby victoriamartina


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    Jul 6, 2011, 03.09 PMby secondbedroom

    Really perfect. Well done!

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    Jul 6, 2011, 02.38 PMby daughterfish

    This is so cute! And how fabulous is that hat!? At least you cut the dress too big and not the other way around:) Great job.

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      Jul 6, 2011, 02.50 PMby Danielle MacIndoe

      That’s true. I’d definitely rather have too much than too little. Thanks!

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    Jul 2, 2011, 02.22 AMby Danielle MacIndoe

    Thanks for all the nice comments!

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    Jul 1, 2011, 10.41 PMby Sally Kramer

    How striking and elegant. Very nice.

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    Jul 1, 2011, 09.18 PMby freakusbzzz

    Lovely, is it jersey? Did you use any patterns to help with the design?

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      Jul 2, 2011, 01.12 AMby Danielle MacIndoe

      Thanks! It’s not jersey. It’s woven, no stretch at all. It’s cottony but I doubt it’s 100%. The pattern is Simplicity 2587. I haven’t learned much pattern making yet. Someday. I have the text book.

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    Jul 1, 2011, 07.26 PMby Sewasis

    Gorgeous dress and styling!

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    Jul 1, 2011, 04.49 PMby vasea

    nice and hot

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    Jul 1, 2011, 04.03 PMby helenadoll

    It fits really well :) And I love that hat!

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    Jul 1, 2011, 03.56 PMby abicairns

    this is amazing! :o

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    Jul 1, 2011, 03.42 PMby Vanéssa Cerfrère

    this is a really pretty dress. good job :)

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