Sophisticated Cissy

A review of Homer + Howells Cissy Dress

Reviewed by Eversewoften on 2nd March, 2020

The instructions were thorough, well laid out and with just the right amount of detail. Construction was very straight forward, though I did reinforce the waistline with ribbon as seam tape, since the fabric was quite delicate and prone to fraying.  Two and a half hours in, I had just inserted the invisible zip when I received a message from Nic Homer via instagram wishing me well with the project and offering to answer any questions I might have.  This was in response to a story I’d posted the day before about my Cissy dress plans.  Such a generous offer, but not really necessary as I completed the make without any problems. The deep pleats on both the front and back of the dress are stunning and perhaps the floral design on my detracts from this detail.

I fully intend to make another version in a solid colour using either a Tencel or medium weight crepe, though I would need to shorten the dress.  At 5 foot 7, I was surprised that the dress hem fell at my mid calf, as the only full length photo on the designers’ website shows the hem just below the knee.