Homer and Howells Cissy dress

Homer and Howells Cissy dress in orange all-cotton needlecord

I’m really looking forward to wearing this Cissy Dress from Homer and Howells (https://www.homerandhowells.com/shop-online/cissy) in the autumn and winter. It is so so comfortable on and yet makes me feel properly put together. I’m surprised that the bright colour works so well on me. Happy dance! I’ll probably add a necklace, and then boots later in the season.
I had seen a few beautiful versions of this dress made up in bright colours so I decided to risk it. I had got this needlecord for just over £4 a metre so I didn’t have much to lose cost wise.

Excellent instructions

The instructions are excellent and made this a really enjoyable sew. No head scratching moments!
I measured the pattern and could see that the sleeves would be a bit tight for my biceps. So I made the bodice and one sleeve up from an old tablecloth guessing what alterations I would need. I had got it right so added the changes to the pattern.

The muslin for the Homer and Howells Cissy dress: made from an old tablecloth

I needed some minor alterations

I needed a few other minor alterations. They were:
• 1/2” forward shoulder
• Lowered bust dart 1”
• Graded from 16 at shoulders out just past size 24 at armholes, and back in to size 20 at the waist. I did this so I could do a cheat’s biceps adjustment by using the size 24 sleeves.

More versions planned!

I have another one in a purply-blue needlecord planned; and maybe a tartan wool one too. Though I would have to line that.

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