The Aztec dress

This week we have had unusually warm weather for January, yesterday was a high of 70. I know this will be short lived and I am way jumping the gun, but it has me giddy for spring and new fun dresses! I found this amazing tribal/Aztec knit on Etsy and I found myself envisioning it made up in Simplicity Β 2443. This has a simple silhouette with a gathered skirt and a racer back.


I’ve made this dress once before in a peacock print blogged here, and I totally forgot what a pain it was to attach the bodice to the straps. I used a solid black knit that I had in my stash to add some contrast to the straps, I had hoped I would be able to leave off the interfacing however this knit was super flimsy so there was no way around it. I think the interfacing made the straps fit a little strange, and I about lost my cool trying to get the racer back sewn in nice and even. I ended up just top stitching it on and it still is lopsided and less than great… grrrrr… I may go back and try to fix it before I wear this in warmer weather, but for now I plan to wear a sweater over the dress so I am going to give it a rest for now.





Other than the back I love ow it turned out, I am totally digging the tribal print trend right now. Its bright and fun, and this dress is super comfy. I can’t wait until spring gets here! Here’s hoping that ground hog doesn’t see his shadow in a month.





27 Comments on “The Aztec dress”

  1. Amanda says:

    Ohh! That fabric is fab and I love the solid colour straps- such a great feature. I say roll with the cardi for the back and fix it up later on. πŸ™‚

  2. gingermakes says:

    This is SO cute! I love it!

  3. prttynpnk says:

    Its lovely- you always pick the pattern and prints that work best together. Hey, I thought about you this week- I saw a sweater for a molting chicken on etsy!

  4. This dress is super cute! Great print!

  5. Almond Rock says:

    This is super cute. What great fabric! I have this pattern but haven’t tried it yet.

  6. m says:

    beautiful print!

  7. sewbusylizzy says:

    Wicked fabric! Looks great

  8. You are so darn cute. Perfect pattern/fabric combination! And you know I love those shiny pumps!!

    • cjgal says:

      Haha oh stop… No go on! Hee Hee jk. I’m looking forward to your next creation, I feel like we make the same items at the same time. I guess we have good taste πŸ˜‰

  9. Vicki Kate says:

    Wow, that’s gorgeous! I’d be intimidated by the racer back so well done you for tackling them!

  10. CGCouture says:

    Looks awesome! I agree with Amanda, wear a cardi now, and later you can fix it…or not, maybe you’ll have forgotten by then and your hair will cover it anyway. πŸ™‚

  11. The colors and print are so gorgeous! What a great dress.

  12. Katie Elliott says:

    Hi there! Loving your blog, my name is Katie Elliott I am the creator of Tag a ( The website works like this: each week I announce a new fashion trend, and people then tag themselves on Facebook wearing that trend. This is done by tagging their picture with the Tag a Trend Facebook page. The other option is to directly add your pics to the facebook wall at or to email pics to The best pics then appear on my site.
    This week’s trend is aztec print and as can see you are loving the trend, I thought you might be interested in getting involved and tagging yourself in this fab print. The picture will appear on both my site and Facebook (both with a direct link back to your blog.)
    Look forward to hearing from you!

  13. sewingforfun says:

    I just made this outfit for my daughter. I LOVE your version. The print is wonderful on you πŸ™‚

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