Cynthia Rowley #junglejanuary

Jungle January is here so Simplicity Cynthia Rowley 1607 rose to the top of my stash with a large animal print fabric. Funny how that happens.

You’ll see how the line drawing has lots of interest in it. 

While I’d love to wear a full skirt, I decided to extend the skirt yoke to create a straight skirt option keeping View A’s awesome bodice. It is awesome.
It was fun deciding what parts of this print would be on the bodice and what would be on the skirt. I tried to keep the dark colours on the front bodice.

Then I grabbed my trusty side pocket pattern for this skirt. The left seam has the side zipper. I used the construction method used in Simplicity 2215 – the Cynthia Rowley dress I made in October. It’s very clever as the pocket is sewn into the front skirt piece only but you can still sew the side zipper in #clever.
I’ll have to adjust the back bodice a bit on the next version.

This dress is amazingly cool to wear on a hot Summer’s day, especially in the evening when meeting friends for dinner. Granted you can’t eat like crazy but I felt I could be comfortable while enjoying a lovely Summer night in Sydney.

Caution:
If you make this version, mark the strap pieces and interface each one. The instructions and illustrations will guide you through this process but I would have loved it if there were more notes on the seam lines of each pattern piece so it was a faster jigsaw puzzle to solve.

You can see the neckline straps are wide and my version doesn’t have a gap between the bodice and straps as you’ll see on the line drawing above. That’s because I had to lower the straps on this version so the front bodice worked.

Once I petite down the straps, I’ll post up these changes.

Bonus design feature:
I thought I would need to wear a convertible bra with this dress. I was able to wear a normal strap bra with this dress.

Conclusion:
I’ll be making this again because I’ve got an African wax print in the stash that beckons.

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