Review: Simplicity 1607 | Florals and Cutouts!

11:30 AM

When I saw Simplicity 1607, it had Mikaela's name written all over it.  I knew I was going to make it for her.  
This design is from Cynthia Rowley and here's the retail version.  
I found the perfect fabric, a beautiful black, white and pink cotton sateen at Joanns.  
I cut the size 6 and graded to the size 10 from the waist down.  Mikaela is an athlete... a size 0 in ready-to-wear, but she has a solid build.
The only other alteration I made was to shave about two inches off the hemline so that it would fall above the knee.
Since the spray of polka dots ran along the selvage, I cut the skirt on the cross grain.  And also used that part for the side front pieces. 
Once I got past the criss cross front and back straps, which was like assembling a pretzel, this dress was quite simple to make.  What I really like is that it has an invisible side zip, so it won't take anything away from a gorgeous printed fabric.  This is a great dress with a lot of  youthful style.

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62 comments

  1. Adorable dress and pretty young lady.

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  2. Beautiful! My daughter has also earmarked this pattern for me to make for her:)

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    1. Thanks Angela! Your daughter will love this dress!

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  3. So Pretty! Both The Dress And The Young Lady :)

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  4. Very nice dress and lovely daughter. I remember those days of making dresses for my daughters....what am I saying, I still make them things often and they are all grown up. LOL

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    1. LOL! I know the feeling Necie! Thanks!

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  5. Mikaela is beautiful - what a smile! Gorgeous dress!!!

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  6. Fabulous dress for a gorgeous daughter! Love the print!
    Happy Mother's Day Erica! Have a great weekend!

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  7. She's certainly growing up! Gorgeous and the dress is perfect for her petite figure. Happy Mother's day!

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    1. Thanks Nancy and Happy Mother's Day to you!

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  8. Very CUTE! I love her purse :)

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  9. Aww she's gorgeous!! Love her new dress!

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  10. beautiful dress;
    which i could sew like you!
    beautiful daughter.

    This brings back memories as my mother sewed for us 3 girls

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  11. Oh wow, I love this! And I can't believe how grown up your daughter has become! The pattern placement really takes it to a whole other level. I bought this pattern and was thinking of removing a design element or two, but the mixed pattern of the fabric somehow ties all the design elements together. I'm probably not making any sense. Anyway, it's perfect and looks awesome on your pretty girl!

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    1. The design elements are what really make the dress special. Without those, you'd just have another fit and flair dress. And there are plenty of those!

      I see her everyday and I'm still amazed at how she's grown up! Thanks Amanda!

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  12. Gorgeous! Kayla is over my shoulder asking for one lol

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    1. Make her one! Thanks Adrienne!

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  13. What a stunning dress for a beautiful girl. Those shoes are a killer too. A gorgeous look all over. I am assuming that Mikaela is your daughter? If so, she certainly has the fabulous style of her mother.

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    1. She most definitely is my baby. It's highly unlikely that I'd post that many pictures of somebody else's kid on my blog! Thanks Beajay.

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  14. OMG Mikaela looks stunning in that dress. At first I thought you had mixed two prints, the way you have used the fabric is very clever. I love everything about this dress except the fact I might be too old for it!!

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    1. Thanks Allison... I feel the same way about being too old for it!

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  15. I agree with everyone else...your daughter is stunning in this dress!! Love how you manipulated the fabric to get what you wanted!

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  16. She, and the dress, are stunning!

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  17. Your dress is almost as beautiful as your daughter. LOVE the use of the border print.

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  18. Oh, my, she is positively darling. Apple doesn't fall far...........

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  19. Your daughter is beautiful and so is the dress! I have this pattern for my girls and I love how you were able to manipulate the print for different effects.

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  20. A budding fashionista just like her mom!

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  21. Adorable! What a great print, and it works perfectly with the dress silhouette! Mikaela is gorgeous!

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  22. That print is perfect for this dress!

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  23. Your princess is a beautiful little lady. Great looking dress too.

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  24. Beautiful!!! Both the dress and your daughter!!!

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  25. Gorgeous dress, love it! Your daughter is such a doll, love her hair style as well.

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  26. Your mini-me looks gorgeous! I love the dress. Good job Erica!

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  27. Erica that is so cute on your little princess! As always great job.

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  28. So cute on your lovely girl. Well Done Erica

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  29. Your daughter looks beautiful in her new dress, and I love the way you used the print.

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  30. Your daughter looks beautiful. Love the cut-outs, the fabric and the fabric layout. Adorable!

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  31. I found your blog after a friend mentioned it during our road trip yesterday, and since I slept a bit in the car I'm wide awake at almost 6:00 AM EST and I'm pretty much stalking your blog LOL

    I randomly clicked a post where your daughter was 9, and I nearly hit the floor when I saw this one. I thought I was seeing things LOL Oh my goodness, she has grown into such a gorgeous young lady!! This is a fantastic dress as well. Love love love!

    You give this sewing newbie so much hope :-)

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    1. Thanks Candyce Nicole! I see her everyday and it's unbelievable to me too!

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