Hot! The “African Print” Dress

Fabric:Lovely cotton print given to me by Alana during WALTHAMSTOW meet-up/swap.

Pattern: Cynthia Rowley pattern 2497


Notions: Invisible zipper

Time to complete: 6 hours

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. Having consider the changes I made.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.

Did you use new skills or a particular skill: Invisible zipper technique

Did you make any alterations or modifications? 
This dress started as is on the package, with the only modification being the zipper on the back instead of the side.I basted all the seams with exception of zipper seam and went to bed. When I tried the dress on I wasn’t keen on the excessive volume on the hips and the bust area. I have big boobs and the volume made me look frumpy. Changed made were: creating bust darts, eliminate the volume by creating a cross seam similar to Lisette 2209. The back pattern gained slim darts and lost the band. The neckline is nice and I may add the ruffle at some point, in the meanwhile I decided to have fun with it as obi belt, back bow and even a turban( Kazz inspired).

First worn: May 2012

Wear again? Yes. Very comfortable but Its too cold in the UK. I don’t know why I keep making summer clothes as I cannot wear it often.

Will you make it again? Yes

Conclusion: Maxi dresses are easy to style and so comfortable. I like how this turned out.I just love the print of the fabric.


House of Pinheiro

Brazilian, brainiac ,fashionista ,happy ,creative, tall ,fun ,foddie, perfectionist ,inventive ,passionate, impulsive and highly opinionated ... I am taking a break from my job as 6 Sigma Black belt to take a MBA in Creative Industries .


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  1. I hear you about the summer clothes! I have sat down and made a realistic sewing plan – less sleeveless dresses, more long-sleeve tops and things I can wear at work. It’s not fair!

    Good work on the bold print, it’s glorious!

  2. Cuteness this is. Definitely a fan of the obi-like belt.

  3. Very pretty dress. Looks stunning on you and I like the contrasting color in the belt.

  4. Beautiful dress.. It looks great on you.. And I love the changes you made..
    Happy sewing.

    ps so fun to see one of the 2011 girls here..

  5. The orange really pops out against the main fabric. You look tall and elegant.

  6. Very pretty dress. You made just the right adjustments because it flatters your shape perfectly. The belt is just the right pop of color too.

  7. Keep up he great woRk, you’ll just need to travel to some where warm to show off those summer frocks.

  8. Love that print. You have just reminded me how badly I need to make a maxi dress for summer. If we ever get one – I totally know what you mean about summer clothes and the English weather.

  9. Love this Rachel, you wear everything with such confidence and you look hot in a turban :) Love the mixing of cultures. Superb, winning combo.

  10. Love the turban photos. That orange really lifts everything.

  11. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. lots of love

  12. Love the hint of colour with that obi belt. The dress looks fab…..I so hope the weather hurries up so you can get plenty of wear of it this summer!