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Cynthia Rowley: Simplicity 1105 Review

       Hey y'all! So, I am back with a review of Simplicity's 1105. This is a Cynthia Rowley design from Simplicity, and I have to say that I adore all of Cynthia Rowley's designs. I just feel she gets me. Like, I know she doesn't know who I am, right? LOL!  But seriously- her designs just speak to me and this pattern, Simplicity 1105 was no different.

 You see, I've been drawn to these types of silhouettes lately. Flowy and breezy, but still has a little ummph!  I think it  will be perfect for the summer's here in Hawaii.  I chose to use an Ankara print fabric that I purchased online; I've been lovin' all the Ankara fabric that I've been seeing this season.

 I made this is in a size 16 at the bust and graded out to an 18 from the waist to hip area. This pattern comes together relatively quickly, yet still has a few elements in which to keep the intermediate or advance seamstress interested.

Wanted to show a close-up of the bias binding on the back, where the v- shape
meets in the back..

 I did add my own little touches to this pattern. For starters, as drafted this pattern would have been scandalously short on me; I'm 5'8 for reference. I added initially close to 9" inches or so, but due to my fabric width, which was 45 inches wide and the dress front and back being cut on the cross wise grain eliminated some length.

  I think I ended up after having to hack away some length with  6 or 7" inches being the amount of length that was added. I altered the pattern to have a handkerchief hem, and I did this basically by added the width at the hemline. I'm usually not a fan of the handkerchief hem, but I think as long as it's not as severe then it's cool with me,lol!

The tie ends,which are cleverly concealed between the bias neck binding.
(Please do excuse my crusty fingers making their appearance, but these
hands are mopping, cleaning, and washing hands all day) My little people keep
me busy :)...
 I added pockets, because pockets just makes everything right in the world- am I right?! I used some leftover challis fabric for the pocket bags. I also added a hem facing at the hem line, using the leftover bias binding from the neckline.

  I did this so that I could keep as much as the hem as possible, and  I absolutely loved this addition. It not only helped me retain the length that I wanted by adding the facing, but it made sewing this hemline a breeze! I will definitely be incorporating this more into my sewing.

  I know Carolyn from a "Diary of a Sewing Fanatic" was the first to put on this tip; as she uses pretty lace trims often in her hems often. I also left off the facings, because when I tested the facing on my garment with the interfacing.

  This just created more bulk, and I wanted to keep the drape of my fabric as intended. I added double wide bias for the neckline and single wide bias for the armholes, since I didn't add the facings.

Bias faced hem.

 This is a pattern that is simple, but you can choose fancier fabrics, or add different elements in which to make this pattern your own. I know that this one will be one that I will certainly be coming back to soon rather than later :).

  Overall, I give this pattern an A+! I would totally recommend this one for all levels of seamstress- as this one is really a great pattern. I have finished up a Sandra Betzina pattern, which hopefully, I can get that reviewed soon also. I hope everyone has a wonderful and  blessed Mother's day weekend.

                            ~ Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!


  1. I like Cynthia Rowley's patterns. You did a beautiful job with the print. Beautiful!

    1. Right, Alethia, Cynthia Rowley's patterns are awesome. Thank you!

  2. I like Cynthia Rowley's patterns. You did a beautiful job with the print. Beautiful!

  3. This dress is fiyah! The handkerchief hem adds a nice touch and yes, gotta have pockets. Nice work it!

    1. Thank you Terri! I love, love having pockets in dresses.

  4. I really like this dress on you Candace! I think everything works together beautifully! I have yet to sew a Cynthia Rowley pattern, but the ones I have seen are nice. And...I think I must be the only person who doesn't mind NOT having pockets, lol!!! You would think I would want some, being a mom, but...nope, lol! Great work, as always!

    1. Thanks Vanessa! Noooooo.. you're not a "pocket" person,lol.. No, but I completely understand. Thanks again,Vanessa.

  5. Replies
    1. Thanks Denise, this was truly a great pattern.

  6. Oh I love your dress. Great fabric choice and design elements worked out so well. Happy Mothers day to you also.

    1. Thanks Kelly. I loved making this one up. I can't wait to officially wear it for Mothers day.

  7. Wow, I love it! The fabric is gorgeous and you did an amazing job. You look really great in it.

  8. Beautiful dress and you look fabulous!

  9. Beautiful dress and you look fabulous!

  10. Love love this on you! The colors are so pretty on you. I think you'll love wearing and rocking this all summer long.

  11. I passed this pattern by thinking it would look like a potato sac but you look so glamorous in this dress. Love it!


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