Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New Dress Tuesday: Simplicity 2250

It's done!  I've been working on this dress off and on for about a month - I just haven't had much time for sewing, but I had to finish because I'm dying to wear this dress!
I fell in love with this Cynthia Rowley pattern as soon as I saw it and I was so excited when the fabric came in the mail.  It's from Mood and it's perfect: kind of 60s, but kind of modern pixel-y and the prettiest salmon color.  I really like it with this pattern - I think it works with all the tucks and pleats in the bodice.

The bodice is a bit tricky as far as fitting goes.  There are about three darts on each side, each in a different length.  I had a hard time adjusting it down to fit, but it ended up fitting pretty well.  Definitely make a muslin of the bodice if you want to try this pattern!

The bodice has an interlining and a lining as well - I used a coordinating china silk and I love the finished look it gives the dress.  The pattern instructions for the lining aren't well-written, so I'm going to do a tutorial for it, if you're interested in making this dress.
Also, I used horsehair braid on the hem!  I've been wanting to try it since I read Gertie's tutorial and I love the effect on a fullish skirt like this.  The skirt is a gathered and pleated rectangle skirt, so the horsehair braid really helps the skirt "float" instead of just hang.  I'm really happy with the way the whole dress turned out - I've already worn it twice and can't wait to wear it again!


Anonymous said...

My mum is making this dress for my daughter for her prom. She wanted to start this morning and discovered that a piece had gone missing ! (back piece number 4).Have you got any ideas as to what she can do? Your dress looks gorgeous!

Maren said...

Hi! Thanks for your comment!

This isn't something I've tried, but here's a link that explains how you can enlarge the pattern piece illustration that's in the instructions:

I hope that helps! The back piece is pretty square, so it should be easy to replicate. Hope your daughter has a great time at the prom! :) xoxo, M

Anonymous said...

If you still have this pattern, could you post the basic me measurements for piece 11? Thank you in advance, Emma.