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Loulouthi dress Cynthia Rowley 2215


I have been in love with this Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi print since it came out and had been coveting my fat quarter’s worth without finding something to do it justice.

When I saw this Cynthia Rowley dress made up by Make Something it was love at first sight. For me, the two together would be a match made in heaven…

I really love the way it’s turned out! Since I have been dressmaking for about 25 years I have a bad habit of getting impatient and therefore slack with my planning and preparation. I was determined to do this fabric justice though so I made up a toile – which is just a fancy word for a practice piece!

I won’t rant and rave yet again about my frustration over pattern sizings and how I am a size 10-18 depending on my body parts – ridiculous! But as I said, no ranting…

Needless to say the toile was worthwhile! I had to expand the waist about an inch. I am making this dress for work and don’t want to wear the shirt underneath so I made the armholes smaller and shoulder seams wider so there is no chance of underwear glimpses or any more skin that there needs to be 🙂

Why does my hair seem to want to go in only one direction???

You know what I absolutely love about this pattern? Aside from the pockets of course – LOVE a dress with pockets! The bodice is fully lined so no messing about with neck and arm facings that have awkward edges and have to be shoved back in once you pop the dress on. It has buttons at the front and an invisible zip in the left side. I won’t show my age and go on and on about how amazingly fabulous and easy sewing buttonholes with a modern machine are!Success! I do love it and would proudly tell someone at work I made it! Now that is a first for me!

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