Feathers and Flowers – Simplicity 1103

Feathers not flowers!  At first glance of this colorful summer print, you think flowers.  I liked the placement of the feathers and decided to order two colors of this print, with the second one being the black, teal, red, and green.  This stretch cotton twill is light and breezy.  It has a smooth hand and sews up with no problem; easy breezy.  Don’t let the audacious print intimidate you.  It’s perfect for summer dresses, tops, and pants.

Some people believe that less is more.  I believe it depends on how the “more” comes together to complete the desired look.   I’m always looking for new ways to add some interest to the garments I make; whether it’s an inspired design or some sewing technique that I want to try.  In this case, I was first inspired by Andrea, a member of the Haute Couture Club of Chicago.  She made a beautiful floral print dress that she added some embroidery to add “more” interest.  I loved her idea and wanted to make something similar.  But I wasn’t ready for the embroidery part. 😉

In my search for more inspiration, I found several images of 3-dimensional floral applications.  So I decided to try adding silk flowers to my feathered dress.  I found the perfect flower, orange orchids, at JoAnn’s Fabrics.  I pulled the flowers apart and tested where to place them on the dress.

I used Simplicity 1103, view D without the overlay.   This is a “V” neck princess seam drop waist dress with a half circle skirt.  It comes in sizes 6 -24.  Of course, I had to do my usual pattern adjustments before cutting out the dress:

  • FBA
  • Sway back adjustment
  • Prominent shoulder blades
  • Lengthen the skirt a few inches

My final sizing was between 14, 16 and 12.  I sometimes start with size 16, but find size 14 is closer to the size I need in most areas except the bust area.

Here are my initial pattern alteration photos:

My dress looks like the drawing minus the overlay and the placement of the appliques.  The instructions were typical; nothing confusing or hard about them.

My likes: 

  • drop waist princess seam bodice.  I don’t have any dresses with a drop waist.
  • back closure (tip – I used stay tape along the upper edge of the lower back bodice to keep it from stretching out of shape.)

No dislikes


I’m not sure I will sew this again for myself, but I do recommend this pattern to others.  It’s easy and stylish.



Parting shots: Here is Andrea and me at the Haute Couture Club of Chicago Annual June luncheon.  She is wearing a dress made with Mood Fabric. 😉

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Comments


  • Sarah Gunn
    July 9, 2015

    What fun flirty feathers, Cennetta!, and a great accent for this print! You and Andrea must have a great time together at the luncheon 🙂

    • Cennetta
      July 9, 2015

      Thank you, Sarah. We did have a great time at the luncheon.

  • Andrea Birkan
    July 10, 2015

    Cenneta you dress looks wonderful. You did a great job. Thank you for all your lovely compliments about my embroidered dress. And for including me in your wonderful blog post.

    • Cennetta
      July 10, 2015

      Thank you, Andrea. My pleasure.

  • Lauren
    July 10, 2015

    Cennetta, this is amazing and you look incredible! I had the idea of adding flowers to a floral print dress many years ago (although mine wasn’t quite so sophisticated – I just wanted to deconstruct a cheap lei for my flowers haha), but I could never decide if it was a brilliant idea or a tacky one. Your dress turned out beautiful and it’s not tacky at all! I love the dimension and texture from the addition of the flowers, and as always, the fit is spot on. Love it!

    • Cennetta
      July 10, 2015

      Thanks, Lauren. You are too kind. BTW- great minds think alike. 😉

  • Sallie
    July 10, 2015

    What a fabulous dress, Cennetta! I love your eye for prints, and the addition of the flowers is inspired!! What a gorgeous textural element! It really makes this dress something special!

    • Cennetta
      July 10, 2015

      Awww.., Thank you so much, Sallie. 🙂

  • ME Pendleton
    July 10, 2015

    Really nice job on the fit – I’ve looked at this pattern but didn’t really like it until I saw your version . I’m more timid with color but this looks great on you !!!

    • Cennetta
      July 10, 2015

      ME Pendleton, I’m glad you like it. Thank you!

  • Amy
    July 13, 2015

    What a fun pairing of feathers that look like flowers with actual silk flowers. You look great! Orange is a really nice color on you.

    • Cennetta Burwell
      July 17, 2015

      Thanks, Amy. At first sight I thought the feathers were flowers.

  • oonaballoona
    July 14, 2015

    i’ve been eyeing flowers lately too! dior, especially. and i’ve been eyeing that print– i love what you’ve done with it!

    • Cennetta Burwell
      July 17, 2015

      Thanks, Marcy. Door flowers sounds lovely. And you should purchase some yardage of this great fabric. It comes in black, teal and red too.

  • Lori
    July 15, 2015

    Perfect fit and love the back of the dress, too. The flowers are a perfect touch.

  • Sonja
    July 15, 2015

    What a gorgeous dress! I adore it!

  • Erica B's DIY Style
    July 22, 2015

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the embellishments!

    • Cennetta
      July 28, 2015

      Thanks, Erica. This was a quick and easy one. 😉

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    July 25, 2015

    I love orange – and especially on you. Very clever embellishment as it really does accentuate the fabric rather than dominant it.

  • Cennetta
    July 28, 2015

    Thanks, Lizzy. I love the vibrant color of orange combined with the feathers too.