August 2015 Spotlight: Tabitha

August 2015 Spotlight: Tabitha

Meet Tabitha S.

Owner of TJ Sewer, LLC.
Instagram: tjsewer | cheapbutchic
Pattern: Cyntha Rowley for Simplicity 1873

Hi Everyone! My name is Tabitha. I am a cofounder of Pretty Girls Sew and have been sewing for a little over 2 years now. This months challenge is a great way for beginners and expert seamstress’s to show off their work. I would consider myself an intermediate seamstress. I’ve learned so much over the past 2 years and Pretty Girls Sew is a great outlet for inspiration and motivation.


The dress that I made most recently was something I wore to a friend’s wedding. I knew I wanted something fun, flirty, and not to take anything way from the bride, but I wanted something bold that stood out. The pattern that I used for this dress was Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity 1873. The shape is modern, yet fun take on a vintage inspired look, the short length is flirty, yet classy, and the fabric itself was the boldness I was looking for. The fabric I chose was a rose gold leopard print brocade fabric that I got for 60% off at Hancock fabrics. I estimated that this dress cost me about $15 to make. Great deal right?!

What did you like least?

Simplicity patterns have always been a least favorite of mine because their instructions are very difficult to understand. Because I have experience with pleating and zipper installation, this pattern wasn’t hard for me. Thankfully, I’ve gotten to the point to where, I rarely have to look at instructions since I am familiar with where and how pieces go together.

Would you sew it again?

Yes! It’s a really classic shape.

Learn anything new? Any advice for others working on this project?:

My advice for this pattern is to look for outside tutorials on zipper, lining, and pleating installation. The instructions in this pattern is so confusing. The instructions for the zipper installation in particular in this pattern was not an easy technique. I would recommend using YouTube or other popular sewing blogs for assistance with this. Be familiar with how to do basic things such as zippers, hems, lining, etc. It will make sewing so much easier.

Check out more of Tabitha’s creations on her blog!

The Wedding Guest Dress

  • Johanna Ali
    Posted at 10:55h, 11 August Reply

    Lovely. I am such a fan.

  • Cas...
    Posted at 14:25h, 20 August Reply

    Nice dress. My favorite silhouette.

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