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Cynthia Rowley 1607 – The Hummingbirds Dress

June 17, 2015


Cynthia Rowley 1607

Cynthia Rowley 1607

Today I’m excited to show you my newest dress, made with fabric bought on Goldhawk Road at a sewing meet-up last year, and the Simplicity Cynthia Rowley 1607 pattern.

Sparkly shooooeeeessss!

Sparkly shooooeeeessss!

Last summer I made the crazy strap version of this dress, and although it was fun to wear out on a hen night, the straps really got on my nerves, so I haven’t worn it since.  However, I really liked the shape of the dress and so I finally got around to making the other view of the pattern, which is the same silhouette but with a vest style bodice with a mini crossover detail at the back.

Cynthia Rowley 1607 - back view

Cynthia Rowley 1607 – back view

This dress is very fitted around the tummy, and as it’s not exactly my best feature I wanted to build some support into the dress, so as well as interfacing the midriff section (which is basically more of a waistband), I also interfaced the ‘yoke’ section (i.e. the stomach bit), and made a facing for that as well, and then I thought I might as well add in a skirt lining so that I can wear the dress over tights in the winter.

Midriff and yoke interfaced and lined with main fabric, skirt lined with premium viscose lining

Midriff and yoke interfaced and lined with main fabric, skirt lined with premium viscose lining

When the dress was made I was pretty unhappy with the crossover straps at the back – they stuck out and looked really silly, so I had to unpick the stitching and reposition them.  I love the strap detail but the dress would work just as well without, as a low V back.

New dress!

New dress!

At first I thought the dress was too tight, but having worn it today to walk to school and back, and to take my son to playgroup, I’ve decided I don’t care!  It wrinkles a bit at the back, but I’m not going to let that worry me.  I think it goes without saying that I did not wear those shoes all day, however!  I wore these for the photos then changed into my silver Birkenstocks!

Max weight 45kg. LOL.  I laugh in the face of danger.

Max weight 45kg. LOL. I laugh in the face of danger.


  1. June 17, 2015 4:11 pm

    I love this frock! It has reminded me how much I love a dropped waist. And the back detail is lovely 🙂

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      June 17, 2015 9:02 pm

      Thanks. I’ve never had any dropped waist dresses before but I really like this style. It’s nice not to have any bulk around the waist. Although it does make my bum look huge! 🙂

  2. June 17, 2015 5:14 pm

    Perfect fitting dress! Beautifully done👌. Off to add pattern to wishlist😃

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      June 17, 2015 9:03 pm

      Thanks. This view of the dress is definitely very wearable.

  3. rosemary permalink
    June 17, 2015 5:38 pm

    Lovely! And your insides look so nice!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      June 17, 2015 9:04 pm

      Thanks, I do try to make the insides pretty!

  4. June 17, 2015 9:25 pm

    So pretty! I like the cross over on the back, sorry it was such a pain to make it work. I do think it was worth the tweaking though!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      June 17, 2015 9:51 pm

      Ah, it wasn’t that bad! Definitely worth the effort 🙂

  5. June 18, 2015 3:59 am

    Cute back details are a serious weakness of mine, but I’ll agree they are nearly always fiddly and have to be redone at least once it seems like. I think this dress looks amazing on you! So did I read correctly that you interfaced the waist so that it “holds you in”? Does it work pretty well and is it comfy? Like better than shapewear?

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      June 18, 2015 7:45 am

      It does work well although because there’s no stretch element it does ride up a bit, like when I sit down etc.

  6. June 18, 2015 10:24 pm

    I love this. It looks fabulous on you. A wonderful print too!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      June 19, 2015 12:34 pm

      Thank you. I’ve just realised I didn’t include a close up photo of the print, actually! I must add one!

  7. June 19, 2015 11:37 am

    This is a lovely shape on you, I liked your other version of this pattern too but totally get that it could be annoying to wear!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      June 19, 2015 11:57 am

      Those straps were definitely annoying! This version is much easier to wear 🙂

  8. June 25, 2015 1:24 pm

    Great dress! The print works really well with this style and I like what you did with the lined yoke. I’m not sure how the straps looked before but they look great now.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      June 25, 2015 1:27 pm

      The straps are fine now. Before I altered it they were basically too long and the angle wasn’t quite right so they stuck right out! 🙂

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