Cynthia Rowley 1802 – another version now ready

Misses' Dresses Cynthia Rowley Collection

As you  remember I bought this pattern from Simplicity as I just loved it. I finished the dress about a month ago, just did not blog about it.

First view that I made, was view A in size 14. Since then I found out that simplicity pattern sizing shows high bust measurement as bust so me making garments in size 14 were way toooo big on me. Before this came to my attention (by reading Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing) I started using the finished garment dimensions to choose my correct size.  This is what I did with this dress.

For my second dress I chose to  made view C, but modified the skirt as I do not really like the way the original one falls. I just excluded the godets and re-drew the skirt lines so i ended up with  a less full skirt, more like an A line one. (I am still thinking of making it with a  pencil skirt, you  know a bit more fitted, or even a skirt with pleats rather than godets. What do you  think?)

I also chose to add piping. I looked at my local Abakhan store for some ready made bias tape, but was not lucky enough to  find some in yellow, to go with my fabric. But no big deal, I know know how to make my own bias tape, thanks to so many tutorials on the internet. Don’t remember which one used now 😦 …. The pattern comes with a piece that allows you  to make your own and explains a litter how to do it, so one does not necessarily needs a tutorial, not to know how big to make the piece to get the right bias tape width. I found some bright yellow cotton which I used to make my bias tape. Still have loads to use for more projects. (Probably as I did not use the godets, less bias tape was needed).

This is the dress in action: Been to China Town and the M&M Store in London. YESS! They have a M&M Store in London. There are 4 others around the world. Images a 4 storey shop with M&M and merchandise only !!!!!

dress -china town dress -mm store
dress front view dress back view dress frond bodice
dress back bodice dress back lining bodice  dress hem close up
 dress side view waist band

I made a little mistake, I added the piping on the waist band pieces separately. Should have sew together the back and front and then add the piping. Not very visible though, so I can get away with it as it is on the side where most of the time my arm will be in the way. It just nags me because I know it is there.

I still find that the back is sagging, but that’s because I did not  know why it is so important to stay stitch some of the pieces. Now I know I’m supposed to do it right  after I cut the pieces.

I will make another another one of these dresses some time soon! You know after I catch up with my other projects that I am making. 🙂


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Author: Simona

I don't really like talking about myself. But, I love sewing and after reading a lot of blogs on the internet about it, I've decided to give it a go as well. I am Romanian born, but live in the UK. I am a bit selfish when it comes to sewing. I tend to make stuff more for myself. Others have to go through a lot of torture in order for me to make something. My mum did it twice. Well I only wanted to make the dresses fit her perfectly. And in the end they looked great.

2 thoughts on “Cynthia Rowley 1802 – another version now ready”

    1. Oh thank you. I did not have to make too many changes to the pattern either. Thought the contrast in colour would emphasise the lines in the dress.

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