Are you ready for a preview of the Maw & Mo Sew Along? I thought it might be best to start with a Pattern In Action post so that you can get a nice overview of the dress before starting, if you choose to sew along with us. You’ll start seeing posts for the sew along soon and the only schedule is the one you’ll set for yourself. I’ve already completed my own dress and am coaching Madelyn as she finishes her own. Although my opinion is completely biased, I think our dresses look fantabulous!
The pattern we are using is Simplicity’s Cynthia Rowley #2305, view B.
In keeping with my Frugal Fabric Challenge, I used some yardage gifted to me last Christmas from Sarah’s mom (thank you!!) because the fabric type matched the recommended fabric on the pattern envelope. This dress took me out of my comfort zone in many ways. First, the pattern isn’t one that I would normally sew for myself, since I normally choose vintage-inspired designs. The fabric is also not fabric I would have bought for myself under normal circumstances, but I wasn’t about to let good fabric go to waste!
Here is a preview of the sewing process in action. You’ll see a LOT more of these in (near-)future posts. I will walk you through each and every step of making this dress and you will be able to watch some short clips of Madelyn and me hamming it up on video chats while she asks all the same questions that I’m sure many Moxie Peeps share. I’ll also save you from the make-it-work moments that I already made for you–bonus!
And the finished product on the dress form:
Things I like about Simplicity Cynthia Rowley #2305:
- The finished dress is a lot of fun to wear with tights and boots! It looks very contemporary and I’ve been able to wear it to work during the day and transition very easily to an evening event.
- The silhouette is very flattering on many body types.
- I love half sleeves and these are the perfect balance of structured and blouse-y.
- This dress is surprisingly more tailored than the illustrations gives credit, so it’s not a sack dress (hooray!).
Things I don’t like about Simplicity Cynthia Rowley #2305:
- No pockets. (Insert sad face here.)
- I’m not such a fan of side zipper closures, which this design has. I chose to cut a size larger because I suspected early that the waist might give me issues and I’m REALLY glad now that I made this choice! The larger size enables me to get this dress over my head with ease.
- The facings on the neckline really love to pop out of place when I wear the dress. Not the end of the world, but also quite a bit annoying.
- The skirt length is basically pre-determined (i.e. you don’t hem it as you would a normal skirt due to the skirt band along the edges) and after wearing retro-inspired hem lengths, I feel like this skirt would get pretty short if your legs are longer than my little Hobbit sized ones.
Here are some early Fashion In Action snapshots:
What do you all think? Do you want to join us for the sew along? If you have any preliminary questions, feel free to post them in the comment section (below) and I’ll make sure you get the answers you need. Happy stitching!
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