Completed: The Simone Dress

19 Jul

Can we talk about Victory Patterns today?

Simone Dress

Specifically, let’s talk about the Simone.

Simone Dress

This is new for me in two ways – a new pattern company (well, new to me) and a new shape. Seriously, guys, I do NOT wear these loose-fitting dresses… I feel like my body gets swallowed up in the fabric and I lose my waistline, which just isn’t a good look for me. But I’ve been wanting to try this pattern since it was first released… I’m not even ashamed to admit that 100% of the reason was because the girl modeling this shit is a fucking BABE. For real. Go have a look and try to tell me otherwise. I’ll wait for you to come back.

Simone Dress

I don’t think this dress pulls me quite that far into babe-ville, personally – it’s still not totally the best shape for me – but I’m surprised at just how much I like it!

Simone Dress

For my Simone, I cut the size 2 and decided to add piping and a couple pops of contrast. Originally, I had the whole front yoke purple (like the racerback), but after I finished sewing the piping on, I pinned everything together, stood in front of the mirror… and realized how weird it looked. Like I was wearing a big, purple bib. I think the contrast yoke is a good look (the version of the top has a contrast yoke), but not with my particular fabric choices. So I ripped that shit out and made my yoke in the same fabric as my main fabric, with a contrast placket, racerback, neck binding and piping.

Simone Dress

I did have to make a couple of modifications to the pattern – namely, the original length of the shoulder straps and racerback was much too long, making the armholes sit too low (like exposing a good 1″ or more of of bra too low). Since I’d already sewn on the armhole binding at that point and I didn’t feel like ripping it out (so sorry, so lazy), I pinched out about 5/8″ at the shoulder seam and another 5/8″ out of the center of the racerback. Honestly, I should have considered these adjustments BEFORE I cut my fabric – I’m petite and I generally have to shorten those areas – but my quick fixes worked just fine, I think.

Simone Dress

The only drawback was that I now had a weird seam right across the middle of the racerback. I covered it with a little tube of my main fabric. Done and done!

Simone Dress

I also shortened the back of the hi-lo hem – it was a little too long on me, almost hitting my ankles. I did not shorten the front of the dress; that is the original length.

Simone Dress

I will admit, I didn’t care much for this dress while I was sewing it. I think it’s mostly my fabric choice, but this reeeeally looks like pajamas to me. And something about the shape of the tab reminded me too much of a tiny tie, which was throwing me off. It wasn’t until I completely finished the dress and put it on that I decided I liked it. Actually, scratch that – I LOVE it. I don’t even care if it makes me look sorta preggers from the side. This shit is COMFY and it feels amazing to wear during this heat wave.

Simone Dress

I do think the instructions on this pattern were a bit lacking, and definitely earn it that “intermediate” mark. The diagrams were mostly helpful, but there were a few that made absolutely no sense to me at all. Some of the wording was a little off, and there were a couple steps that were completely missing (such as sewing the button on the tab to anchor it down. At least… I think you’re supposed to sew a button there, or at least invisibly tack it down??). The hardest part was deciphering the pleating instructions – the diagrams showed them sewn in one direction, but the photos showed the opposite.

Simone Dress

Still, with that being said… this dress took a couple afternoons to sew. It’s not hard and you can always hit up another resource if you get stuck.

Simone Dress

Shoulda topstitched that armhole binding in purple, but I didn’t. Oh well.

Simone Dress

Isn’t this fabric fun, though? It’s another design from my new favorite new-heard-of-’em-before-Mood designer, Thakoon. Just like my previous piece of Thakoon loveliness, this stuff is super soft, super drapey, and feels like pure love on my skin. It is a little bit on the translucent side, but as long as I wear nude colored underthings, it doesn’t seem to be too noticeable.

Simone Dress

I used a gorgeous purple sateen to sew all the contrast. This one is soft and lightweight with a rich color and no stretch. I used the wrong (aka non-shiny) side to sew the tab, the neck binding and the racerback, and the shiny side to make the piping. Looking at the fabric as one piece, the two sides are quite different… but when looking at the dress as a whole, you can’t really distinguish much between sides. Oh well!

Simone Dress

This is just a random button from my stash. I thought it looked good!


Simone Dress

This dress looks awesome belted!

Simone Dress

I know so many of y’all are probably groaning so hard at my love affair with belts on everything (sorry, not sorry), but I’m actually really surprised at how well the shape looks with a cinched belt. It totally changes up the look!

Simone Dress

Personally, I plan on embracing the dress as-is, in all it’s flowy goodness… but for those of you who have been hesitant to try this pattern due to the volume at the waist, perhaps you can consider this as a solution!

Simone Dress

I can’t wait to try more patterns from this company! I already have the Lola (which, sadly, is going to have to wait until the weather cools down a bit!), but I’m also loving the Nicola too.

Who else loves Victory Patterns? Let’s fawn over them together!

61 Responses to “Completed: The Simone Dress”

  1. Jill @ Made with Moxie July 19, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    I think this dress looks best belted! Nice work.

  2. zilredloh July 19, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    I would never in a million years thought to sew this up since I have curves. But so you do and you look fab! 😀 It looks okay un-belted, but even better belted. I have a hunch that the un-belted version looks just as nice when you’re in motion since the fabric is so fluid & flowy, no?

    I just saw the sister fabric to yours as beach pajamas over on Grainline studio’s blog. I was debating this fabric… but it’s so modern for me. heh But the breeziness of the fabric is calling out to me in this summer heat.

    Total aside… Guess who’s wearing her silk crepe top today to beat the heat?! 🙂

    • LLADYBIRD July 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

      You’re right, it looks way better in real life than it does in photos, since it moves so much. And yeah, I saw Jen’s upcoming beach pajamas, so obviously she was thinking the fabric looked pajama-y too, ha 🙂

      Also, YAY silk crepe twinz! I am totally making a top with my leftover. Maybe I’ll even embroider it 😉

  3. Beth B. July 19, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    I want to try the Nicola SO BAD! This dress looks great on you. I *do* like flowy dresses (so comfy!) but they almost always look better belted.

  4. Sabs July 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    This is SO NOT the wrong shape for you – it looks great!

  5. Sarah W. July 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    So cute! And perfect for hot weather, like you said.

  6. Heather Lou July 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    I was actually like LAUREN IS WEARING A FLOWY SHIFT! LAUREN IS WEARING A FLOWY SHIFT! And then i looked outside to see if hell had frozen over. It’s always a treat when you see people do a little style 180 and when it ACTUALLY WORKS FOR THEM. I think this looks fucking smashing on you. I hear you on the waist issue (I can get pretty hung up on my maintaining my little hourglass thing) but there is something crazy liberating about waist freedom. Nothing sticking you or squeezing you, nothing to unzip or loosen after a big meal.Just a little wisp of a fabric caress that blows in the wind and hints at what’s underneath…. I’m a convert to flowy shifts, can you tell? Don’t even get me started on that fabric (LURVE).

    I bought the Roxanne and haven’t found the right fabric yet, but trust me, nothing beats a flowy long blouse on your can’t be bothered days. Nothing.

    • LLADYBIRD July 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

      Right?! Between this flowy dress and the mullet hems, I’m totally making strides outside my comfort zone! FEELS GOOD.

  7. lucysb July 19, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    I love the look of this dress ( especially in a British heat wave!)…can’t get my head around the tab thing, would it work without it?

    • LLADYBIRD July 19, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

      Oh, totally, it’s just there for visual interest – it wouldn’t affect the structure of the garment if you left it off 🙂

  8. Beth July 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    The dress looks great!! I’ve never used Victory patterns before. Definitely something to check out!

  9. maddie July 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Accentuating your waist is good for your figure, I agree and you always look great when you show it off but I like you in flowy, loose fitting dresses too. It’s very feminine and great for heatwaves!

  10. Chickeys July 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Sooooo cute — I love it both ways on you (belted and not), and I’m not usually one for flowing, semi-shapeless dresses.

    Also…that fabric is LUSH. I love geometrics, and the B&W print is awesome without making me think, “if I look at that too long I’ll get a headache.” 🙂

  11. Kathy July 19, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    I agree will Jill. I think this dress looks the best belted too! Love the dress! Good job! 🙂

  12. Adrienne July 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Oh, I’ve been wanting to try this pattern forever. It’s so gorgeous. I must admit that the silhouette really is something to keep in mind if loose-fitting garments are difficult to wear — they certainly are for me. But your detailing and craftmanship is great, for sure!

    • LLADYBIRD July 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

      Definitely try it! If anything, it was really fun to sew 🙂

  13. Nakisha July 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    The Nicola kind of reminds me of V1343…but those sleeves are PRETTY awesome!

    I love this dress belted, on you. I think that really takes it to a different level. And the fabric is luscious!

  14. Trice July 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    I really like this belted on you. It looks nice unbelted too, but yeah loving the belted version.

    I purchased the Ava and Roxanne, but might end up making that after I get back from my Philly/NYC/NJ trip.

  15. mollyblossomdesign July 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    I will fawn over Victory Patterns with you, but I think I will have to continue fawning from afar. I have wanted to try Anouk forever, but haven’t seen ANYONE that can get it to fit right in the bust and get that little peep hole tab across the top to lay flat. Now I can’t buy this one because you said “tiny tie” and that’s ruined it for me. I don’t know if I should get Lola because of my big bum… sigh. I love the look of them, but I don’t know if they were really made for me. Looking forward to more of your VP makes, though.

  16. Aubrey (@Aubreyland325) July 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    First off, dress totally puts you in babeville territory, in which you should know you are on a daily basis. What a great choice of fabric/accent color! Second, the minute you expressed doubts about the looseness I kept thinking, “Add a belt!” and you DID and I felt like I was in your brain. 🙂 Hope to see you soon!

  17. Patricia July 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    Very on-trend and cute look on you, Lauren!

  18. kaloskraft July 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Ha, it’s funny because I have been looking at the pattern and I love the top part of it-but I didn’t think it could possibly be a flattering dress. I think I am sold on this dress now though, it looks great on you-and the belt looks great too!

  19. kristiellkay July 19, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    I’ve never been big on loose, flowy-type shifts because once I got chesticles, that shape turned into a muumuu on me, and I’d like to think I’m at least 100 lbs shy of muumuu territory, still. But since you’re so tiny, it looks fab! Not gonna lie, though, I think it looks better belted. =D

    Can I just say THANK YOU for introducing me to YET ANOTHER indie pattern company?! I think my heart stopped for a moment when I saw the triple-pleated collar on the Roxanne. No lie. I’m all like, “Here, have all my money, I can get married next year or something, right? People don’t need cake at weddings…” =p

  20. AJK July 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    re: wishing you had sewn the back arm facing with purple thread…
    maybe this is super ghetto but i was sewing a black and white striper the other day and both white and black thread looked crappy on the other stripe color so I sewed it with white thread and use a sharpie to color the thread on the black stripes black. worked like a charm and should be permanent. woot! love your blog!

    • LLADYBIRD July 22, 2013 at 9:50 am #

      Haha, no worries, I’ve done that before myself. Who cares how trashy it is if it actually works, amirite? 😀 Sadly, I don’t have any purple markers on hand, haha

  21. Jenny July 19, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    Love this pattern and LOVE your version! This is probably my favourite Victory Patterns pattern, but for the same reasons as you shied away from the dress length version because this is not a silhouette that I really wear. But somehow all this loose flowiness is amazingly flattering. Just goes to show that stepping outside your comfort zone can yield fabulous results 😀 Will definitely be sewing this one up once summer rolls around.

  22. Marie July 19, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    I love that you ventured out of your comfort zone with this make, because it’s so pretty and looks great on you! It’s good to know how lovely it looks with a belt too, as that could be a good option for curvier chicks like myself ;o) I was just ready to cut this pattern out as a top, but now I’m wondering whether to make the dress instead…hehe!

  23. Dawn Redmond July 19, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    You look beautiful in this dress! I think its my favorite of all your projects. If its not too personal would you tell us how tall you are? My daughter in law is just 5 ft and I’ve been looking for a pattern that will flatter her.

    • LLADYBIRD July 22, 2013 at 9:50 am #

      Not personal at all! I’m right around 5’2.5″ 🙂

  24. MMI Blogs July 19, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    I have the same feelings about Roxanne from Victory Patterns! Completely wrong shape for my body type but I love the thought and twist Kristiann put into it. And damn comfortable to wear in the summer heat. Just stumbled onto your blog – it’s awesome!

  25. LK July 19, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    A pattern I’ve been wanting to try, in a fabric I’ve been wanting to buy. My jealousy is seeeeething over here. That’s a really great dress 🙂

  26. Kelly July 19, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    This is such a different look for you- but I think it looks awesome! Very modern and cool, and you don’t look preggers at all. I think it looks best loose, without the belt. And the fabric- I love it! I am visiting LA next month and I told my husband I HAVE to go to Mood while we are there, and I want to check out the Thakoon fabric for sure! I have the Nicola pattern, just need to find fabric for it.

  27. crystalpleats July 19, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

    This is one of the Victory Patterns I’m most eager to try. It seems to have really great shaping. The looser style dresses and blouses are truly perfect for hot weather when you don’t want things hugging your skin. Glad to see you giving a new look a try, because you look great.

  28. Lori July 20, 2013 at 12:08 am #

    This looks so good on you without and with the belt. Perfect for hot July days. I like your piping and button and all the other extras. Oh, I like the Nicola, too, just clicked your link. I want to get Lola for sure.

  29. Megan July 20, 2013 at 1:10 am #

    I really like this dress both ways. I’m not sure if it would work on me, but maybe!

    I’d love to be able to get fabric from Mood, but I don’t think I can afford to have them ship to Canada (although I’m excited that they’ve started shipping internationally!)

    • LLADYBIRD July 22, 2013 at 9:52 am #

      I heard that their international shipping rates have gone down quite a bit, so I’d definitely recommend checking it out before you swear it off forever 🙂

  30. Amanda July 20, 2013 at 2:47 am #

    Loving this hard with the belt- and the contrast and piping totally makes it. Epic work!

  31. Hazel July 20, 2013 at 4:02 am #

    This dress looks great on you, both belted and un-belted! I’ve made a couple versions of it and I love mine as well! Also really jealous of your fabric, I’ve been eying it up on the Mood website, but can’t bring myself to pay the postage to the UK!

  32. CGCouture July 20, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    Love the dress both ways, and thanks so much for pointing this pattern out, I’m ordering it right now! 🙂

  33. aem2 July 20, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    I love how this looks on you. I love the look of a lot of the Victory Patterns, but I think you have to be curvier on top to make them look right, or be a complete stick. I have, sadly, the other problem. I do have the Chloe pattern, though.

  34. sewcookgardenrepeat July 20, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    I’m definitely a sash or belt at the waist type girl so I can see why you’d be hesitant, but it looks lovely.

  35. Nat @ Made in Home July 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    I love the neckline details! I did not now that dress but will check it out. I think it would be great as a top as well…

  36. Nette July 20, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Really like Simone, too! Especially the racer back. Your version looks great…with or without belt!
    I have this pattern printed for some time already. Really should give it a try.
    So far I have tried Chloe from victory pattern.

    • LLADYBIRD July 22, 2013 at 9:52 am #

      Ooh, I love the colors you chose! So pretty!!

  37. Carolyn July 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    I really like this dress both belted and unbelted. And I thought that the tie on the back was part of the design…so that was a great cover-up! I really enjoy seeing what you make with indie pattern designers. They won’t work with my lifestyle but it’s nice to see what you do with them.

  38. Kazz July 21, 2013 at 4:59 am #

    I love that you stepped outside of your comfort zone, the dress turned out great and as for the instructions not being too clear I never noticed, I guess I stopped reading them once I’d worked out how everything sits. Next time I make this I’m ditching the mullet. Great fabric choice, great job.

  39. Anonymous July 21, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Yea Chickie, those quick adjustments you made . . . yea, I prob would’ve done the same thing. I like the belt option. Very much.

  40. Kim July 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    I really like your dress! I just finished my Simone shirt and I had quite some problems while making it.. Does yours fit properly at the neckline? I can’t get mine too close and look nice.. I also had some problems with the pleats and the instructions, glad I wasn’t the only one! I’m going to blog about mine this week 🙂

    • LLADYBIRD July 22, 2013 at 9:54 am #

      You can see that the placket area doesn’t lie completely flat against my chest – it gapes open a bit. I’m not terribly stressed about that, as it does the same thing on the pattern model (which to me means it’s a matter of physics at that point, ha!). Can’t wait to see yours!

  41. rachelinred July 21, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    I’ve never sewn with a Victory Pattern before, but I fancy the Chloe dress for a while…
    your dress is gorgeous and I like the belt. Tiny belts are great and they do emphasize your waist! But in the heat I can imagine you’d rather do without.

  42. Gjeometry July 21, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    The dress is absolutely gorgeous!! I think it’s so great you tried something out of your style zone, because it is totally you! The fabric is nice and airy as well. The whole look flatters you well, I hope you will make more of this style!

  43. Katja July 22, 2013 at 4:45 am #

    This Simone is awesome and to me you look like a total babe 😉 I have the pattern for ages but can’t seem to find the right fabric, that kind of flowy dress would be perfect for that heat we are experiancing right now. Never thought about belting it, but that looks great too. Thank you for all the inspiration!

  44. Sarah Sew Love July 22, 2013 at 5:27 am #

    Great work Lladybird 🙂 This dress looks great on you its nice to have something loose and floaty during the hot months..Its cold over here and so I whipped up my first Lola this afternoon. I love a lot about Victory Pattern designs but also that they do PDF’s …I ordered my pattern at lunchtime, popped down to the print store and come dinner I am sitting in a new frock. goodness! craving some sunshine and a summery dress like yours though, Simone is def on the list. thanks for sharing your pics and story.

  45. Tina C.i July 22, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    TOTAL Babeville! Seriously hot! I’ve been eyeballing this dress but am wary–I’ve got girls and am wide shouldered a combo that with a “shapeless” dress typically spells disaster… but seeing this belted is giving me cause to pause…

    and seriously. BABESVILLE.

  46. dangerousalice July 23, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    GORGEOUS. I’m totally sold on Victory Patterns now, and shall have to try them.

  47. Becca July 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    I love it! That fabric is so perfect for that dress. I’ve never even considered that pattern, but yours makes me want to give it a go, especially seeing how great it looks belted.

  48. missjoiedevivre July 24, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    Oooh, this looks great on you both ways! And as you are absolutely my style icon (sorry to gush) I love seeing you wearing something different to your normal look – and still making it look so fine.

  49. gingermakes July 27, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    I really like this! You look super cute in this loose style! I think the key to wearing something less fitted you’re used to is to make it in a drapey fabric, which you’ve done, and look how great it looks! Plus, there’s some waist shaping in there and the bust is fairly fitted so it’s not a tent or anything. Love this!

  50. Manue July 28, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    I love it!!!


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