For The Love Of Creativity

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I have long heard of September being the National Sewing month through years of countless email blasts from fabrics.com and joann.com but I haven’t actually bothered to look into the history of that until today so definitely a fun fact and this is what I learned, “The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.” (nationalsewingmonth.org)

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As a tribute to Sewing month, I’m taking the opportunity to blog about a Cynthia Rowley inspired dress I created. Of course I added a few tweaks to it like a funnel/mock neck instead of the plain round neckline and picked a quatrefoil patterned jacquard fabric to construct it with rather than a solid fabric. In the past, my wardrobe was filled with solid colored frocks but now that I am getting older, I am leaning more to patterned dresses. I dunno what the psychology is behind older ladies and print but I can say I am definitely there. Lol.

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The dress inspiration is quite obvious, the beautiful, statuesque lady in royal blue, and then there’s mini me. The length is just right for my own personal preference since I lean more on the conservative side. My version looks a little bit more stiff due to the weight of the fabric being a jacquard compared to her lightweight and flowier crepe which also has a better drape. I wonder if fabric softener would actually fix the stiffness. I haven’t actually tried that on jacquard.

I didn’t buy a dress pattern for this although Cynthia Rowley actually licenses her designs with Simplicity patterns. However, I’m not sure if they carry the exact pattern for this particular dress. I drafted my own from a simple shift dress sans ruffle hem RTW with the exact cut I wanted with a few tweaks. The ruffle hem pattern was easily achieved by cutting a long rectangular piece of fabric, however this was the most tedious part since I manually did the ruching with the needle and thread. I liked the fabric so much I didn’t want to take a chance on the automatic ruching feature from the serger plus it gave me more freedom to make the ruching more uniform and adjust if needed.

If you have a stash of fabric just sitting there, go do something with it. If you haven’t sewn before, give it a try. It’s definitely quite rewarding. What are you waiting for?

[Image Credit: Main Photo – craftsy.com]