Monday, January 07, 2013

Muslin: Cynthia Rowley Simplicty 2215

First of all, I wanted to thank you for your kind responses to my last post. I wasn't sure about sharing, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it was impossible to write an authentic and sincere review of my sewing year without getting personal. Besides, personal posts are the best. :-)

Here is what I was hoping would be a wearable muslin...
I do like the fabric, but making it wearable at this point would require unpicking the lining, the waist seam and, worst of all, the zipper.
My sister and I had fun with chiaroscuro (clair-obscur)! I usually don't take pictures in the afternoon
when the sun shines directly on that wall, but it does create interesting shadows!
Pattern: Simplicity 2215, Cynthia Rowley
Fabric: Old curtains from my mother's stash. Linen and acrylic blend is my guess.

I used the method of overlapping my bodice block with the commercial pattern to redraft the bodice of the dress, like I had done for the Beyoncé Dress, but it wasn't as successful this time. It must have been because I stayed too close to the commercial pattern?
Further Modifications:
- Take in the bodice pretty much everywhere.
- Raise the neckline by 2 or 3 inches.
- Raise the waistline by 2 or 3 inches.
- Reduce skirt volume a bit.
Tried my best to match lines
Most of all, though, I need to think carefully about whether or not I should be going ahead with this make. Would I actually end up wearing a dress like this?

I think I'll put this project aside for a week or so, and work on something else... like a black peplum skirt for myself, at long last!


  1. I'm working on a Cynthia Rowley pattern at the moment too #1802 and have found the draft/fit to be a bit crazy. I had to make major changes to the bodice to get the bust fit correct, as well as altering all my carefully inserted piping, sigh :)

  2. I made this dress recently and the bodice was a bit funky. I ended up putting darts in back neckline and overlapping the front asymmetrically. The skirt pattern is awesome though!


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