Review: Simplicity 1873 | Minty Fit & Flare!

10:45 AM

 I haven't sewn for the girls in a while... well since September.  Notice that she's no longer wearing her glasses.  She'd been begging for contacts for the longest.  And during the winter break, she got her wish.  And she's been doing great with them. 
Mikaela needed a dress for this past Saturday and I'd been loving Simplicity 1873 - Cynthia Rowley, view C.  I thought the shorter skirt view would be perfect for a leggy teenager.  And the fit and flare style is so trendy right now. 
Mikaela, being the little fashionista that she is wanted her dress in the color mint.  So I found this really pretty mint green swiss dot fabric at Hancock.  The pattern only suggested that you line the bodice.  But since I used cotton lawn, I added a full lining.  And I used a mint green broadcloth.
I cut the size 6 and I didn't have to lengthen, but I did have to take the bodice in.  I love that the pattern instructed you to make a 2 1/4" deep hem.  It added to the "twirl factor"!
I'm a fan of orange as a contrasting color with mint, so I bought her these great Steve Madden wedges.  And an orange necklace from me and also my vintage frame clutch purse.

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73 comments

  1. SOOO cute! She looks great. I love the orange and mint combo too.

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  2. She looks incredible ...what a great outfit, what a beauty.

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    1. Thanks Shiny Green Penny!

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  3. Gorgeous outfit and beautiful smile.

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  4. What a fantastic outfit and Mikaela looks gorgeous in it. Boy, is she growing up fast!!!

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    1. Carolyn, I had to page back to my first Mikaela entry in Jan 2006. It's amazing to see how she's growing up! Thanks!

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  5. Leggy is right! How am I jealous of a teen girls' gams? LOL. She looks terrific and this dress is the right look for a teen. Great job.

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  6. What a dress!!!!!
    xoxo

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  7. Love the colors! Gorgeous... :)

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  8. She is gorgeous! And the colours fit her so well.

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  9. Oh my goodness, hasn't she grown up! What a beautiful girl she is and how pretty she looks in that dress. Its just perfect for her Erica - you must be so proud!

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    1. Thanks Pin Queen! I am!

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  10. Your daughter is so pretty and she looks just like you. I would love to have that dress!

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  11. She is TOO cute! Working that camera just like her mother! Love the color combo. :)

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  12. So cute! Your daughter is beautiful. Oh, and the dress is nice too!

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  13. She looks great! It is the perfect dress for a leggy teen. Boy how time flies; she looks so grown up!

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  14. Mikaela looks gorgeous! and this dress is adorable! Great Job!

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  15. Georgeous girl (She really has grown up so much in the short time I've been reading this blog), gorgeous dress, gorgeous picture. My daughter is just turning 13, and is all about jeans and tank tops---I keep HOPING the girl gene will kick in so I can sew pretty things for her! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Celeste, Mikaela loves her skinnies and tshirts. But every now and then, she HAS to wear a dress. Thanks!

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  16. beautiful! She looks amazing and so age-appropriate! =D

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  17. So cute! Perfectly ladylike for a teen.

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  18. Your daughter is an absolute spunk! She looks fantastic in this dress! I think I might have to give this a go myself. Love it with the orange shoes.

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  19. Beautiful mini fashionista!!! You did a fantastic job, as usual, on the dress and styling!!

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  20. Wow like mother like daughter...beautiful both daughter and dress!,

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  21. Such a pretty dress for such a pretty girl!

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  22. What a doll! Perfect dress for young lady in her teens. It looks darling on her.

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  23. Erica, you don't have a baby girl anymore. She's a young, beautiful woman. Such a great look on her!

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  24. She's a stunner, but still adorable! Very nice work on your daughter's dress.

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  25. She's all grown up and looking beautiful! Looking like a little fashionista!

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  26. You have a beautiful daughter. This dress is perfect for her. Love the color.

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  27. The mint color looks great on her! Absolutely adorable dress it fits her perfectly. So pretty!

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  28. She looks beautiful! The shape+color are so perfect for her :)

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  29. is that the baby girl?? GOODNESS she has grown! (you know i think i "know" y'all, i've been following you for so long-lol! smh)

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    1. Yep, that's the almost 15 year old "baby"! LOL

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  30. A beautiful dress for a beautiful girl.

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  31. Thanks Orchidophile!

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  32. My gosh, she's got some legs on her :D Good call on the length to show off her legs. She looks very classy/classic. That's rare in teenagers these days who are quick to dress too sexy.

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  33. Nik, she's all legs! LOL Thanks!

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  34. Great job mom on the dress and the daughter she looks great and most of all she looks age her age which is good to see !!!

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  35. Your Daughter is a doll! I bet she's smart as a whip, too.

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  36. Thanks Ladykatza! Indeed she is!

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  37. Mikaela is beautiful. Mint is a great color on her. Pretty.

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  38. So, so cute! Love the color and fabric texture. Looks great on you! I have that pattern but have yet to try it with the belt!

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    1. Thanks! It does look great on HER!

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    2. Thanks! It does look great on HER!

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