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.
Monday, May 16, 2011
This is a great new pattern from designer Jessica McClintock for Simplicity 2252.
I made a slight variation on View A for our friend Colleen's senior prom. She wanted a one shoulder drape, instead of a halter type top.
Colleen found this great chiffon type fabric that looks like water with silver sequin like discs that sparkle. It's really a gorgeous fabric, and I bet it looked great on the dance floor. The pattern had called for a stiffer fabric, so what I did was underline each piece with a polyester lining in blue, to give it the stiffness that was needed to form the pleats in the waist area.
The bodice is completely lined and supported with boning. I cut the size 10 which matched Colleen's measurements exactly, but it was too tight. I had to let it out a bit, so if you make this, I would recommend making a size bigger than your measurements to be on the safe side.
Here is the back view.
It has a small train on the back. The wind was blowing when we took these photos, so it is hard to see how it should lie.
Overall, this is a fantastic pattern and I wouldn't hesitate to make it again!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
|Vogue 7521 Dress front|
|Dress front close-up.|
|Dress side- held in place with dress tape.|
|Prom Queen Alyssa in her Vogue 7521 dress|
|At the Prom with a handsome date.|
She would have liked to have worn high heels with it, as her date is quite tall, but it wasn't to be this time. If I make this dress again for her, I would add 4 inches to the length.
|The Queen Mum with the Queen|
|Comfortable enough to bake brunch in!|