Diving into Neoprene – Cynthia Rowley Simplicity 2443

 After the success of my checked shirt, I was keen to keep sewing and to continue to learn something, anything, that would enable me to continue to grow as a sewist. After flicking through my boxes of patterns, I settled on another Cynthia Rowley, as I haven’t been disappointed by any of her makes yet, and have had successes here, here and here. The 2443 looked like a lovely, casual dress, and was quite different from anything I’ve made before. I chose some fabric that I have had in my stash for a few months, that I had originally thought of as jersey, but on closer examination it was much too dense and heavy, although it was stretchy. I’m fairly sure it’s something like scuba, or neoprene, neither of which were recommended explicitly on the pattern sleeve, but I persevered nonetheless.


It was a dream to cut out with my rotary cutter, no fraying or tricky parts to navigate. There weren’t too many pattern pieces, and I opted to include the pockets, but to try without the zip – as a stretchy fabric I thought it was unlikely to be necessary, so ploughed ahead. The pockets turned out to be the biggest headache of the make! Although I have made them before, I somehow attached them wrong THREE TIMES before getting it right on the fourth – which was a pain. Have I mentioned I’m not one for unpicking? Apart from that, I sewed the wrong seam along the back neckline straps, but only did so once which paled in comparison with the pockets.

Towards the end of the make, which came together smoothly other than my silly mistakes, you have to pin the straps to the bodice. Placing the two pieces side by side I could see how they would fit together like a jigsaw, but in a similar way to princess seams found it really hard to work out how to place raw edges together to pin and then sew. I did so, but it was tricky and even with loads of pins, matching up all of the curves and corners felt like a losing battle at some points.

Doubtfully, and with little other option, I stitched where I had pinned, then unpinned, re-sewed one small section along the back where it hadn’t caught, and then folded the straps back to where they should be. Somehow, it had worked, and it didn’t look half bad.All that was left to do was hem. I hadn’t even attempted to press any of this make a long the way, it would have either melted the fabric or not worked whatsoever, so I used the width of the machine foot to sew my first hem, then folded it up again so it was a double hem. I was worried it might be too bulky but I think it turned out ok. I’m really pleased with the finished make! I love the fabric, and I think I have enough left for a skirt or some kind of top. The racer back means I need to give my underwear some consideration, but after a paperclip related tip from Nat I think my worry may be unfounded. I’m pleased with the drape of the fabric, even though it’s heavier than prescribed, and feel I could wear this dress to an occasion or just a day out, or possibly even work, with a cardigan. I would like to make another in some plain ponte di roma, but as I’m on a bit of a self-imposed fabric-buying-ban, I feel I should try and work my way through at least some of what’s in my stash first. I did find myself browsing Cynthia Rowley patterns on eBay earlier, though… 

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17 responses to “Diving into Neoprene – Cynthia Rowley Simplicity 2443

  1. Wow this looks fantastic. Get you and all your Cynthia Rowley dresses. I love how the strap part worked even though it didn’t look like it was going to! 😀

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  2. Love this, beautiful print and I can imagine it keeps its shape well. Cynthia Rowley designs really do stand out, don’t they? Great job, look forwRd to seeing you in it soon…

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  3. Looks great! Well done on all the tricky bits, if in doubt pin the hell out of it I say! Love the strap detail too. I’ve never tried a Cynthia Rowley pattern but I have seen some on here that look amazing – I’ll have to try one!

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    • Thank you – I used so many pins on the corners and it was still tricky to match up the raw edges. I have about 6 CR patterns, there are a few more that are maybe a big too statement-y for me but there are some beauties too. Let me know if you do choose one 🙂

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  4. corrineappleby

    This looks ace! I really like racer back – very daring!

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  5. Love it! Well done persevering, was so worth it! Don’t forget to show us you wearing it and give us a twirl! 😀

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  6. Your dress looks lovely. I’ve never sewn with neoprene but it is on my list. Great job😄

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  7. Looks fab. Bet you look stunning in it. That fabric is gorgeous.

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  8. I like the strap detailing and the prints lovely.

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  9. This has a lovely finish on it – looks ever so neat 🙂 Well done you!

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  10. Ooh scuba jersey! I’ve heard how much of a dream it is to sew with and have seen a lot in fabric shops but for some reason, always resisted. Probably mostly because the design hasn;t won me over. It’s great that it worked out (love when that happens in sewing; you feel like you don’t quite know what you’re doing or whether you’re doing it right and it works) and it looks like a great make to me! The racer back is hot! I’ve not tried any Cynthia Rowley yet but I know a lot of people have a good experience with her patterns.

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