Saturday, April 2, 2011

New S2178 (or how the sewing powers are smiling on me)

Recently I've been obsessing over this Cynthia Rowley Resort 2010 dress:

Cynthia Rowley, Resort 2010, at style.com

... thinking it'd be the perfect match for a primary-colored Japanese cotton print in my stash.  I'd considered using the fabric for a simple shift, trapeze dress, or tunic, but I'm trying to think like a designer: rather than go for the obvious, I believe a designer would pair a graphic print with a softer shape.

Yesterday morning I sat eating my cereal with a pattern alteration book in front of me, pondering how to alter a pattern to create this dress.  Perhaps I could widen the shoulder area and waist of New Look 6912 to add gathering?  My research had been unsuccessful in instructing me how to go about doing that, though...

Later in the day, while trolling the Simplicity website, I spotted this:


Simplicity has released its new summer patterns, and Simplicity 2178 is my recent resort 2010 obsession (with a modified shoulder strap and the addition of a bow).   I truly cannot believe my luck!

(Below is the precise RTW version of Simplicity 2178; I don't like it as much as the coral version, do you?  Perhaps it is the ill-fit on the model:)

Cynthia Rowley, Resort 2010, at style.com

To really cinch the eeriness, I called my local JoAnn's to ask whether the new Simplicity patterns were there - usually a pointless inquiry as it can take weeks for new patterns to arrive after they're released online - and was informed that they had just been dropped off.  And there's a Simplicity 99 cent sale going on right now.  I'm not sure what good deeds I've done lately to receive this kind treatment from the karma police, but I'll take it!

25 comments:

Faye Lewis said...

The dress is going to be beautiful!

Deb said...

It feels great when things just fall into place doesn't it - you and this dress are obviously meant to be together - the sewing goddess is smiling - make the most of it!! I'm looking forward to seeing your version.

Rebecca said...

The dress is going to be fantastic! Can't wait to see it. :]

Karin said...

Yea! Can't wait to see your new dress.

toy said...

I love that orange dress, it will great on you so I can't wait to see how it looks sewn up

Sewtellme said...

I love the coral version and actually have been obsession over the Simplicity version for the last few days. I can't wait to see your dress and until the next Simplicity sale.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

So I guess we'll be seeing your version of this dress soon! ;)

JoanneM said...

Amen.

I think the coral dress appears to have a distinct tulip skirt. But the gray one does not......mmmmm....I think the fabric choice will be crucial.

I love it, can't wait to see it.

Lindsay T said...

Did you nab the pattern? I am eager to see how this looks on a real person. Keep us posted!

Karen said...

That will be cute, perfect summer dress. I can't understand how they don't get better fits on their models sometimes. That is often a big turn off to the buyer if the dress looks bad on the model.

Eugenia said...

Isn't it great when things all come together like that - the omens are saying that this dress is meant to be for you!

Louise said...

Oooh, lucky you. I can't wait to see the finished dress.

Maggie said...

You are a lucky one! I think the coral color makes it much more of a summer look. I can't wait to see this done up.

Gail said...

I'm astonished that CR publishes patterns from her RTW collection. I like both dresses, but the coral is definitely cute and cheerful.

Rosy said...

Yeah! It's as if the universe conspires for you to get that, right? I know that feeling. Looking forward to see your dress.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Don't you love it when you know you could modify a pattern to get what you want but then it turns out there's already a pattern for exactly the details you're looking for? So fortuitous. I think the problem with the model photo of the pattern version of the dress is that it's gray. Boo! Who wants gray for summer? This is going to be great!

Carolyn said...

It's gorgeous, and was meant to be! Looking forward to seeing your version of it!

Sara Noemi said...

*someone* lucked out! happy sewing =)

DaneMum said...

I like the coral better too. Have you been to DK? It looks like you profile picture's taken in Nyhavn.

Bobbi Bullard said...

What a score! Can't wait to see you in this dress!

jmarcherrera said...

Good clothes.
Your execution is very clean, I love it!

Rūta said...

That dress is amazing, love that coral color.

SewinDiva said...

l love love looovve that dress, please post it when u are finish i am so eager to see it

Anonymous said...

I love Cynthia Rowley, but beware if you are petite and busty! They tend to not be flattering on me due to a lack of shaping, but I still collect all her patterns because I love her style!

Zoe said...

I love the Cynthia Rowley patterns from Simplicity. I've been tempted to buy a few but I don't need anymore evening dresses. Good luck with your project I'm sure it will turn out great!