Cynthia Rowley 1783

Hello friends, I am back from my sewing hiatus! Its been a busy school year and I’ve pretty much been running around like a headless chicken. However despite the madness I have finally graduated with my Masters and have some “me” sewing time over this Christmas break. Not to mention a much needed little getaway trip to Nashville the next couple of days- super excited! He also just graduated with his MBA so we are both ready for a little R and R 🙂



Aww aren’t we so cute and studious?

Anyhow, I have been working on the Cynthia Rowley skirt of the newer pattern 1783 and finally got to finish it this week. After seeing Suzy’s version in denim I became obsessed and had to shamelessly copy this great skirt. I LOVE the big front pockets and the front pleat. She had switched her pleat to the back, but I stuck with the original instructions and kept it in the front. I made mine as simplistic as possible and used a hook and eye closure only instead of a button. I also left off studs and embellishments and just used blue thread that matched the denim. I wanted this to be more of a basic piece in my wardrobe.



The construction of this skirt was very easy, and I actually found that the zip fly instructions were much simpler than the last zip fly project I made on my Thurlow jeans. This of course may be because I made two pairs and have some zip fly experience under my belt, but it seemed to be more straight forward on these. One thing that did throw me was the patterns requirement for a 7″ zipper. This is waaay too long! I already had a 7″  denim zipper that was perfect for these that I found at a flea market, so I stupidly turned a blind eye and used it. Although the skirt zips up and down perfectly fine and you can’t see any gaping holes or anything, there is about 3 inches of zipper extending on the inside of the skirt. A 4″ zipper would have been much more appropriate. Surprisingly no one else seemed to notice this problem on the other reviews I read for the pattern? Strange oversight…


The only other alteration I made was narrowing the hem of the waist line. I have such a short torso the 2-3″ hemline was way too thick and swallowed me up. Overall I am happy with my skirt, it will take me through winter and summer alike. Can’t go wrong with multi seasonal pieces!

I hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas and enjoy the rest of the holiday season!



15 Comments on “Cynthia Rowley 1783”

  1. Jessica says:

    Congrats on your graduation! It’s a great feeling to be finished.

    Love that skirt – I don’t even think I noticed the pattern before!

  2. punkmik says:

    congrats! thats awesome news!!! I never made it to a masters yet but know from friends how hard work it is! well done! and yay for a multi seasonal item! love denim skirts for that reason and this pattern turned out great!

  3. sewbusylizzy says:

    I’m so glad to see you back & blogging – I’ve missed your happy posts & comments! Happy Christmas & New Year.

  4. Amanda says:

    Congratulations on your graduation! What a year 🙂 I am loving this skirt- it looks super cute with the boots!

  5. gingermakes says:

    Super cute skirt! I love it! And congrats to you and the mister! 🙂 You two look cute as buttons in your little reindeer caps!

  6. IngeMaakt says:

    Conngratulations with your masters! I love your skirt, nice colour and the pleat is a very nice detail 🙂

  7. Dawn says:

    Congratulations, thats pretty impressive! I looks like a really good sewing job on your skirt, nice. Adorable hats!

    • cjgal says:

      Thanks! The skirt came together surprisingly easy, sometimes these more structured items just work themselves out exactly as you envision with little fight. Note to self: make more structured pieces!

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