Saturday, 24 September 2011

Simplicity 2497 Cynthia Rowley dress!

My latest make is what I like to call an easy-to-wear dress in an all-year round print fabric (which, by the way, is a silk twill designed by Phillip Lim).

Simplicity 2497 by Cynthia Rowley

In the coming months I am planning on wearing it with boots and a cardi but I also have visions of throwing it on with some shiny gold sandals when summer finally returns.

How this dress came about is interesting. I didn't feel like fitting a new pattern so thought I would rummage through my very large box of patterns that I have made previously to see if something caught my eye to make again. As I went through them I was saying "No, not that one, not that one, never that one ....... oh, hang on a minute, what was that?" I backtracked to take another look at this pattern

I made the dress with the ruffle on it almost two years ago (blogged about here). I do love the dress but I didn't feel the need for another one, especially as it is rather low cut (even after I raised the neckline!). There is a limit to the number of places I go to that require a ruffley low cut dress. However, until last week, I had completely overlooked the fact that there is another view for this dress (shown in the bottom row of the line drawings on the pattern envelope). Instead of the ruffle it has a faced neckband, which means the neckline is at a higher, more respectable level. I decided that this version, but without the puffy sleeves, would be exactly right for my nice designer print.

When it was almost done I got the feeling that the dress needed just a little something extra to give it a bit of punch and a more 'finished' look.

"It needs a little something!"

I was thinking of doing some topstitching in heavy black thread around the neckband when I remembered that I had some sew-on jewels in my stash. I purchased these a long time ago for nothing in particular but I felt that one day they would be 'the perfect thing' for something.

Just the thing - a little bling around the neckline!

So, my tip of the week is this. Don't forget to take a close look at your pattern stash - sometimes you might be surprised to see that a pattern you had dismissed has got another view sitting, unassumingly, in the corner just waiting for you to notice it and turn it into a dress you really like!


  1. Oh, yes, your bling addition added the perfect sparkle. Love this print and how nice to have the dress already fitted and just a totally different neckline waiting for you. Lovely!

  2. lovely result. I like to re-use a pattern and give it a twist, always feels like a triumph. The sewn on jewels are a great touch. And you didn't have to run out to the store, even better!

  3. Oooh, love it! The jewels are a great finish. I use to get rid of patterns after I had finished with them - just to reduce the amount of patterns I had to keep up with - but sometimes regretted doing it. Now I keep them all except those that were complete wadders.

  4. I think the jewels do indeed finish off this dress beautifully.

  5. Nice! The jewels at the top are lovely and give it a really nice dressy touch! Can't wait to see it with sandals for the summer!

  6. That is a fantastic fix - the jewels really do add something to the pattern and might I add, GREAT BOOTS! I've been seeing boots all around LA and am dying to wear some myself for the Fall. Great job - and a wonderful transitional dress between seasons.

  7. I'd love to know where you get your gorgeous fabrics from - this is a lovely dress, J

  8. Gorgeous fabric! Did you buy it in London? I don't go back to old patterns that have been successful enough. I'm always in a hurry to try the new stuff, and forget about the oldies but goodies.

  9. I love that fabric and your boots are fabulous!!!

  10. The fabric is a great match for this dress, and it's just as lovely as the ruffled version with those jewels on the neckline. Very nice!

  11. I love the fabric and the jewel neckline.

  12. Love it !! The fabric is beautiful. The dress looks lovely with the boots and as you say, would look great with a cardi ! I am liking your hopefullness for some more summer too ! xx

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  14. Wow, now that's a nice touch!! I love this dress and your selection of fabric and beading! Great choices!

  15. I totally agree about reusing your patterns. This dress is absolultely lovely and you are right the jewels are just the perfect finishing touch. My husband has been looking at your post and he agrees you look just like my friend from the UK -Jane - who also sent me some liberty fabric - I am very lucky. PS Love your vintage dress as well but it looks very up to date and wearable for now.

  16. This dress is fabulous Eugenia! You surely made this you own, great work as always!

  17. I am madly in love with the Philip Lim fabric. Is is available to purchase on-line? The dress is beautiful, but you know that I'm an admirer of all your dresses.

  18. I love silk twill! Isn't it the most awesome fabric to sew and wear?! And of course, it really makes your wonderful dress fabulous! You should definitely make this dress again since it looks so amazing on you!

  19. Very pretty dress, I really like the bling.

  20. You have the best fabric! The dress is beautiful.

  21. An absolutely perfect dress for cool or warm weather dressing. I love the print, and the jewels are such a nice touch!

  22. Ooh, this is quite fabulous!! i really love the pattern both with and without the ruffle, and the addition of the sew-on jewels is quite inspired... beautifully done!
    (and thank you so much for your kind well-wishes yesterday...)

  23. Terrific dress and great bling!

  24. I adore your dress! A very nice, wearable stylish dress. As I looked at the closeup of your fabric, I realized I bought the same fabric (Paron in NY if I recall), though sadly don't have enough for a dress....

    Nice work!

  25. The sew on gems are the perfect solution to jazz it up a bit! It's a great pattern, and I would have overlooked it had I not seen your version. I really like the neckline version without the changes the whole look. It's quite lovely, Eugenia!

  26. Even though I love the CR patterns I had passed that pattern over because of the neck ruffle - I love the way it looks but don't think that I'd ever be brave enough to wear it. I think your dress looks fabulous and that print is fantastic. Thanks for pointing out the other view.

  27. You know, you're absolutely right. Sometimes you get stuck on just one of the views on a pattern envelope without taking into account the others - and you've already essentially done the fitting work for them. Great dress!

  28. This is a great pattern and I love your second version - I recently had to throw away my non ruffled version because I had worn it out!

  29. This is a very versatile dress. I love the embellishment at the neckline, it is perfect for the print.

  30. Wow! The fabric, style, neckline, and everything is wonderful, Eugenia!

  31. If it works, use it again and again. You have a great eye for beautiful fabric. I believe you should get as much use out of a pattern. Especially if it fits well and is flattering. The dresses look different and are equally attractive. Love them.

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