I finished the Cynthia Rowley dress Monday night and will be wearing it on my upcoming cruise vacation. Actually, this is the second version. I originally started making it with a purple woven bottom, but it ended up way too small. I just have to add a few finishing touches to that and my Sister and I will have matching dresses. lol. Good thing we live over 3,000 miles apart. lol. I'm wearing it with the Fusion Shrug I made in 2008 using Ella Rae Shibu silk yarn. I cut a size 12 for the bottom and graded up to a 14 for the top portion. It's still a tad snug on top, but with my weight still inching off, it should be perfect by next month.
So this dress makes me feel all ballerina like, especially with my hair styled in the high bun and all. I like the dainty feel of it, while it still has a hint of an edge to it. Of course the edginess involves the curved edges, which was also plaguing me. It's just difficult for me to pin and not get it lumpy. I had to rip it out a few times and even re-cut the pieces a few times. I'm glad I stuck through it, since it was a new pattern I really wanted to try. Honestly, though - I just always seem to have issues with Simplicity patterns. Much more than the others or even Burda. I am not sure why, but that's just how it works for me. With that being said, I have the fabric and ribbon already purchased to make the coordinating jacket for this pattern. I chose a rough textured silk in a natural color. I think it will be perfect with this dress and a nice added item for the cruise and the chilled, evening air, so I hope to start cutting the fabric tomorrow or Sunday.
I am almost finished another cruise dinner dress using New Look 6799 in a Dupioni silk. Details on Monday....Oh, I almost forgot, I have the latest Burda and Burda plus magazines. I am loving both issues. I have already traced the 50s style, low back dress and have the perfect fabric for the style. I am also making the skirt on the Burda issue cover in a tropical color and have the a seer sucker fabric to make a coordinating top. So many patterns, so much fabric, and so much....procrastination.