Out Of The Closet: Heart Shape Button Dress

One day I was scrolling through my blog (which I have been keeping now for a year already!) and discovered a dress I had kind of forgotten about.



I promised to write a post about it back in September, but never got to it, one reason being that I moved to Estonia shortly afterwards and only the last month here has been giving enough reason to think about summer dresses; and secondly, I am not exactly thrilled with the dress for purely emotional reasons.

I was extremely stressed the time I made it (in late 2011) and I believe this is the reason why I have been wearing it only a few times, it just brings back memories. Purely objectively thinking, I think the dress is beautiful and I really liked the fabric when I bought it, but nevertheless, it is never the first item I pull out of the closet.

The pattern is Cynthia Rowley Simplicity 2215, view A.



I cut size 12, but the bodice part of the dress was extremely long, which I somehow failed to notice until it was nearly completed. For a moment I even thought of dropping the project, but then realized that I could fix the problem relatively easily by ripping the shoulder seams, cutting off approximately 2 cm from front and back pieces and stitching again. Because the bodice is lined, doing this was not too much fun, but after this trick, the dress fit just fine, so it was worth the trouble.

The fabric is viscose, and also found really cute heart-shaped buttons. It was my first project with buttonholes and it took me a few tries with the first one to get it right.






The pattern is not too difficult to sew, just a lot of patience is needed with the countless pleats on the skirt.

After a very long time, I wore this dress for a barbecue evening with friends and I must admit, it is very comfortable. So comfortable, that I was riding my bicycle with it!



20 responses to “Out Of The Closet: Heart Shape Button Dress”

  1. I LOVE the lace detailing. I have this pattern and feel so inspired to make it after reading your post on it.

    1. Thanks! I am happy my project inspires you! Good luck with yours!

  2. Väga ilus! Ja mõnus suvine!

  3. Mul on nii hea meel et sa selle kapist üles leidsid 🙂 isegi kui see su esimene valik ei ole, siis see on siiski nii ilus ja materjal oli ka niiiiiii mõnus 🙂 kallistan.
    Ja kadi rõdule sobib ta ka imehästi 😉

    1. Aitäh, Tuuliki! Kallistan kõvasti vastu!

  4. Really lovely dress!!!

  5. That looks like a great pattern. Very versatile. I love polka dots.

  6. The lace on the hem is so gorgeous! I’m glad you are able to put emotions aside and wear this dress because it is too beautiful to sit in a closet. Love!!

    1. Thank you so much! I want to point out that it is the fabric that has lace PRINT border, I am afraid the photos might be slightly misleading!

  7. I have that pattern in my stash. Thank you for inspiring me to dig it out and finding all the problems first!

    1. Thank you, Eryn! Our bodies are all slightly different so be careful when sewing, because you may have totally different problems with the pattern (or none at all)! Good luck with the project!

  8. Very sweet dress, love the Cynthia Rowley patterns!

    1. Thank you very much! Yes, I love these patterns as well!

  9. Πολύ όμορφο βγήκε! Μπράβο σου! Τα κουμπακια ειναι τόσο γλυκά αλλα το ύφασμα που χρησιμοποίησες όμορφο κ μέσα στη μόδα! Και πάλι μπράβο!

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