Simplicity 2178 Cynthia Rowley Dress

I wanted to make myself a dress for my daughter's high school graduation party next week, and chose Simplicity 2178 which is a design by Cynthia Rowley.  I originally chose to make the longer maxi-dress, but the consensus from my family was that it looked too costumey- too much like a Roman, so I shortened it to knee length.
The fabric that I used was a silk-linen blend- very vibrant in color with a nice weighty drape. 
The pattern features a side invisible zipper, a faced front, pockets, and a shoulder tie.  I really love dresses with pockets!  The shoulder tie is a nice touch, and the other side with strap allows you to still wear a regular bra.  I would advise that you use a fairly thin fabric if you are doing the version with the shoulder tie, as by the time you knot four layers together, it can get thick and heavy, which isn't the look you'll want. 

I had to shorten the length of the shoulder strap by 2 inches.  I also did a full bust adjustment and added a couple of inches to the waist.  From the back view, I can tell that the back bodice was a little too long, so I'll shorten it, if I make it again to get rid of that fold in the back.  Overall, I'm really happy with the fit, and the adjustments were easy enough.  I now can't wait to part-ay!

19 comments

  1. Looks like a great summer time dress

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  2. You look amazing in this dress. Very flattering.

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  3. Very nice AND cute. Great color! Looks very comfy too! I can't wait until we have that kind of sunshine on a consistent basis. It's about 50 degress right now and raining! Nice work! Love your dress!

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  4. Very pretty! I like the length too. Good call :)

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  5. Very pretty dress. Congratulations to your daughter on her graduation.

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  6. You look fantastic! It's very pretty and definitely flattering on you.

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  7. Fabulous dress! Fits you perfectly and the color is wonderful on you. Congrats to your daughter and to you for picking such a wonderful design.

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  8. What a fabulous dress , I love that colour. I also love the fact it is bra friendly .

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  9. That colour is stunning on you!

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  10. Wow! This color and style is so flattering on you. You really look amazing in this dress!

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  11. Great dress. I love the vibrant colour. And congrats to your daughter!

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  12. Beautiful sewing job, and beautiful you!

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  13. 3 beautiful dresses! And I think I like yours best. Very flattering :)

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  14. this is is adorable. i love the color you chose.

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  15. That is a new look even if it is from an time past. The cut is the attention grabber and then the shapely fit and then the length. I would say you were a hit at the event. Seriously, this is a well designed and sewn dress.

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  16. Pretty! Very flattering too.

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  17. I'm here for the first time and already know that not the last:). beautiful dress and that colour...

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