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Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Dress for Fall!

I really needed a fast and easy sew that also came out cute--know what I mean?  I've been struggling with my jacket for the 3rd round of SPR's sewing bee and while I like it, I don't love it but I also don't have enough time to make another lined jacket.  So later tonight I will write up the review and let the chips fall where they may.  If I make it to round four, awesome, if not, well I gave it my best shot!  Enough!  You aren't here to read about my jacket, you are here about this dress, right?

I cut out this sweater knit a few weeks ago but hadn't had time to make it up yet.  With our weather turning more fall like, I've been wanting a few dresses like this one: easy to wear, cute, can be warmed up with tights and boots and even a jacket.  SPR is also having a sweater knit contest and I am entering this dress in that as well!

This is a Cynthia Rowley pattern for Simplicity.  

What drew me to it are those darling little sleeve vents.  Aren't they cute?  Well, you can see from my finished dress that even though I cut those out with the intention of making them, I didn't like how they looked in my fabric nor did I like where they landed on my arm.

This dress can be sewn up in an hour and with only four/five pieces to cut, the entire thing from start to finish is an afternoon/evening project.

My alterations are simple: FBA and swayback adjustment.

I love this dress and can't wait to wear it!  Pick a fun fabric and this dress will shine!
Thanks for reading!


  1. This will be a great dress to take you into the fall (Autumn) weather. I love the fabric.

  2. That is a great dress! I love the fabric and your accessories are great. Good luck in the jacket contest!

    1. Thank you Ann! I appreciate your kind words!

  3. Gorgeous. I really love that fabric!

    I did make this up with the crazy sleeves and while I love the detail, it does not hit in the right place on my arm. Boo!

    1. Thanks Nakisha! I might have to try those sleeves again, they are just too cute! Maybe if I make the slits smaller?