Completed: Simplicity 6266

14 Aug

How often do we fall in love with a pattern and swear that we’re going to make a million versions, and then end up with just the original one? Yeah. I definitely made this pattern like 3 years ago, and I definitely have been saying ever since then that I need to make it again. Whoops. Better late than never, anyway!

Simplicity 6280

The pattern in question is Simplicity 6266, which, 3+ years later, I STILL can’t find anywhere on the internet. EDIT: Definitely had the pattern number wrong. Dunno what that was all about hahah! This post has been corrected πŸ™‚ I made this forever and ever ago in a slinky poly cheetah print, with adorable little tulip sleeves. It’s the best dress. I still wear it all the time – it is kind of awful in the summer (polyester not being breathable and all), but I do it for the ~fashion~. Truth me told, the OG cheetah version is one of the few dresses that I actually altered to fit my new size after I lost weight, rather than get rid of it (which happened to most of my closet, if you were around for the Great Closet Etsy Purge a couple years ago). Now you know that’s true love!

Simplicity 6280

I knew I eventually wanted to make it again – it stayed in my pattern queue piles for years, and I waffled back and forth on fabric choices. I finally decided to bite the bullet and just fucking make it – and I used a special/hoardy fabric to do it. Might as well kill two birds with one stone! Get’er done and all that!

Simplicity 6280

Simplicity 6280

Remember when I said that I had to alter the original dress after I lost weight? Well. I knew the pattern was going to need some adjustments, since it was completely unaltered and thus the original size (which was for a 33.5″ bust, sadly larger than what I’m rocking these days), but I threw all fucks to the wind and just charged ahead with making this before I changed my mind. So, there were a lot of last-minute fitting alterations to get this thing even remotely sized like I am. I took quite a bit out of the side seams, as well as raising the shoulders a bit (not much, less than 1/2″. Maybe more like 1/4″. I don’t remember! Sorry!). The resulting fit is pretty good, I think, but it definitely added quite a bit of unnecessary unpicking and re-adjusting that I could have avoided had I bothered to make a muslin and do some flat pattern adjustments. With that being said… did I make those adjustments to the pattern after these alterations? Hell no! Do I look like I operate on common sense?? πŸ˜›

Simplicity 6280

All that aside, once I got the fitting sorted out – the rest of the dress came together beautifully. This is the kind of project that I just love doing – working with a pattern that I know I love to wear, made up in a beautiful and special fabric, and spending the extra time on parts of the construction, such as blind-stitching the hem by hand (I can’t even remember the last time I did that! What is wrong with me?)

Simplicity 6280

Simplicity 6280

I kept most of the construction true to the pattern, but I did change out a few things. For one, I left off the arm hole facing and used bias facing instead. Since there’s a lot of topstitching going on with this dress, the topstitching for the bias facing doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb. I also traded out the lapped zipper for an invisible zipper, because it looks a bit more polished. I did not make the waist tie for this dress (on my cheetah dress, I made it, just didn’t attach it to the dress), instead I added some thread loops to hold my belt in place.

Simplicity 6280

The fabric was another gift from the fabric goddess herself, Sunni. This, too, was part of the awesome care package she sent me last year. I’ve been waiting so long to figure out what to use with it, but I’m happy that I decided to match it up with this pattern! This fabric is rayon challis that has the most gorgeous, fluid drape. Really really lovely stuff. It shed like a hairy little monster, but otherwise sewed and pressed well. It is slightly translucent, so you can see the facings shining through the front in some lights, but that doesn’t bother me. I just wear skin-colored undergarments and get on with my life.

Simplicity 6280Similar to the cheetah version of this dress, I tacked the front surplice together to prevent it from gaping when I bend over. Unlike the cheetah version, I literally just sewed the two pieces together (see the stitching line? It’s aligned with the topstitching so it doesn’t show from the outside), instead of using a snap. A snap seems kind of silly with a mock-wrap dress – I mean, when am I going to unsnap it? Never, that’s when!

Simplicity 6280

Because the fabric is so drapey and shifty, I added a strip of stay tape to the waist seam to prevent it from stretching over time. Just sewed it to the seam allowance at the waist, and then topstitched it down on the outside. Not shown but also there – I interfaced the zipper seam allowance with a strip of fusible interfacing, before I added the zipper. This not only adds strength, but also keeps the fabric from wrinkling by the zipper. I know there are still a few puckers – alas, the nature of the beast – but it’s not nearly the horrifyingly wavy thing that it was threatening to be pre-interfacing.

Simplicity 6280

I love making belt thread loops! Ha!

Simplicity 6280

Simplicity 6280

Simplicity 6280

Simplicity 6280

One of my favorite parts of this dress is this section right here – the dart + the lines of the surplice neckline. I just think it’s so pretty!

Simplicity 6280

Really glad to finally get a good idea for that fabric so I could give it the love it deserved! I actually almost made a Hawthorn with it – but decided at the last minute that it might look a little too cutesy with the polka dots. This sleek 70s mock-wrap is a good alternative because it’s a classic style in it’s own right, and I know I love wearing it. Ideally, I’d like to make this again for winter with the long sleeves – but I also know I’d have to do a lot of pattern adjustments to the tissue before that happens. We’ll see!

In the meantime – I used some of the remaining fabric to make a really adorable bra, so stay tuned for that!


As a side note – have y’all heard about the Made Up Initiative that was just launched yesterday? Karen and Love Sewing Magazine have dreamed up a great fundraiser, where you pledge a donation and set your own challenge to make something before September 10 (it doesn’t have to be sewing related! It can be anything!). There will be prizes for those who complete their personal challenge on or before the deadline. All the money raised goes to the National Literacy Trust.

I love the idea of pulling the sewing community together to accomplish something like this, and bonus if it’s for literacy! Reading was a huge part of my childhood and I fell in love with it at a very early age. I come from a family of voracious readers and it saddens me that not every child (or adult, for that matter) has those same opportunities that I did. So I’m definitely on board with this, and have contributed and made my pledge – I will be making a swimsuit before we go on vacation next month. It’s a pretty simple pledge – I really wanted to make something show-stopping, like a coat or some shit – but I realized that time is pretty short right now and I need something low-key if I actually want it to be finished by the deadline. Plus, I want an excuse to use this 70s-fabulous string bikini pattern that I bought at the flea market a couple of months ago. We are going to Cancun, Mexico, the first weekend of September, so time is short!

I encourage all of you to consider joining the Made Up Initiative and set your own challenge! Again, it doesn’t have to be a big fancy project – it can be as small as making a couple of napkins – or even sewing related. You just need to make something by the deadline. And even if you don’t think you can manage anything by the deadline, maybe consider donating anyway. Even $5 makes a difference!

For all the info on the Made Up Initiative, check out Karen’s blog post. You can also donated directly to the Just Giving page – as of this publish, it’s at 91%, which is awesome. Think we can double that? C’mon, y’all! Do it for the books! β™₯


47 Responses to “Completed: Simplicity 6266”

  1. Paige August 14, 2015 at 8:34 am #

    It’s really bad when I read your blog in my email because I get the update notice in my email before the website updates. We’ll just side step the borderline stalking to talk about your FABULOUS dress. I did have a question, what is in your closet right now? You have so many makes, but I’m genuinely curious about what you liked enough to keep in your closet and what has made its way to Goodwill (hint hint, blog post).

    • LLADYBIRD August 14, 2015 at 8:50 am #

      I’m pretty ruthless when it comes to purging my closet and I have no problem getting rid of anything that no longer fits my body or personal style , or if the fit/construction was off to begin with and I no longer feel good wearing it (this is the case for a lot of the stuff I made when I was crazy about following a bunch of blog hops/pattern testing/contests/etc. Which is why I don’t do that stuff anymore!). Although I usually try to pass stuff off to friends before it travels to Goodwill πŸ™‚ I don’t really do big purges so much as I just pull things out as I notice they no longer work for me – there’s not really a structure to it. I don’t know if that would really translate over to coherent a blog post, but it’s something to keep in mind πŸ™‚

  2. onewarpedengineer August 14, 2015 at 9:07 am #

    That dress is the essence of cuteness. I’m going to Cancun over Labor Day too! I’d say hope to see you there, but it’s a large place. πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD August 14, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

      Haha true! Well, if you do see me – say hi! πŸ™‚ hahaha

  3. Aj August 14, 2015 at 10:18 am #

    Super super cute!

  4. Aubrey August 14, 2015 at 10:50 am #

    For some reason the polka dots in the dress make me think of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman at the racetrack. The neckline is different, but it’s such a classic look!

    • LLADYBIRD August 14, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

      It’s definitely a classic look! Look me some polka dots πŸ˜€

  5. Chris Griffin August 14, 2015 at 10:57 am #

    Love the dress! I have a thing for polka dots πŸ™‚ I think Karen is going to make her goal by the end of 48hrs, I’m hoping that by the end of a month it can be Way more than she expected. I love reading, and I think it’s a great thing to donate to.

    • LLADYBIRD August 14, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

      She’s 98% there right now! I am also hoping that it’ll be crazy over what she was expecting. It’s for such a good cause!

  6. sheseams August 14, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    Supper cute dress, thank you for the zipper interfacing tip πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD August 14, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

      You are so welcome! πŸ™‚

  7. Deborah August 14, 2015 at 11:56 am #

    Would love to see the pattern for the 70s bikini you plan to make. I trust you will blog about it?

    • LLADYBIRD August 14, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

      The pattern is McCall’s 4330. And yes, I’m hoping to blog about it! Even if it ends up being a big ol’ fail hahahaha

  8. dramaqueenseams August 14, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    Supper cute!!!

  9. Katie Lynn August 14, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

    That dress is so great. I am considering tracking down a copy to make one for myself!

    WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE SHOES? I would very much like a pair to come and live in my closet.

    • LLADYBIRD August 14, 2015 at 7:12 pm #

      Well, it looks like i had the pattern number wrong so you’ll probably have better luck finding it now πŸ™‚

      The shoes I bought from Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, on the clearance rack like 3+ years ago. The brand is Fergalicious hahahaha

  10. justineabbitt August 14, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

    I love your fabric and pattern choice. It looks perfect on you! I always forget to adjust my pattern too, since I usually do all the fitting on the form while go, and almost never make muslins. I don’t have the patience!

    • LLADYBIRD August 14, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

      I always feel like I don’t have the patience for a muslin, until I realize that I DEFINITELY don’t have the patience to unpick and re-fit as I go! πŸ™‚

  11. Marie (Ree-Sewn) August 14, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    Awesome dress. I do this all the time – “I love this pattern, I’m going to make twelve more right now” aaand then I forget about it for a year or more. There are just SO many things to sew, it’s hard to prioritise!!! For my Made Up donation pledge I’m making a dress that has been “in the queue” for over a year. So glad to finally have a kick up the bum to make it as well as supporting such a great initiative. xx

    • LLADYBIRD August 14, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

      Oh, that’s awesome! Definitely the best kind of kick in the bum πŸ™‚

  12. Susan - aka Knitters-Delight August 14, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

    Beautiful dress!

  13. Thami August 14, 2015 at 6:32 pm #

    Hey, I actually have that pattern in my stash!!!! I’ll have to dig it out and see what size it is. You definitely inspired me to want to sew it up, though! That cut looks so cute on you, and seems like it would be flattering on me as well. Thanks for the inspiration! ;o)

  14. Thami August 14, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

    I just found it in my stash, and mine is numbered 6266, but it’s exactly the same! Mine is a size 12/34 bust. I’d have just shipped it off to you if it was smaller than the one you have, but no such luck. ;o)

    • LLADYBIRD August 14, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

      HA, looks like I had the pattern # way off (what the heck, Lauren?). Whoops! Thanks for the head’s up! And while it’s a bummer that it’s not a smaller size, at least now you can make it up for yourself πŸ™‚ It’s a fun pattern!

  15. samalander August 14, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

    so because it’s more fun than working I went searching for the pattern (and because dang that’s a cute dress!)
    it’s actually Simplicity 6266 (rather than 6268) & there’s a store on etsy that has one πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD August 14, 2015 at 7:20 pm #

      You are totally right! Thanks for the correction – I’ve updated the post with the correct pattern numbers. NO IDEA where I got those other numbers from! I guess my brain is just ready for the weekend πŸ™‚

  16. abailey0674 August 15, 2015 at 5:30 am #

    Love the dress! I purchased a similar dress recently and it is super flattering. I just found the pattern and plan on sewing one up myself.

  17. Becky Thompson August 15, 2015 at 7:39 am #

    That dress is perfect for you and looks great. Love the polka dots! Too cute. I “met” Sunni in her Craftsy video for zippers and she taught me about using stay tape for zipper insertion then and I’ve never looked back. I use either that or interfacing for every garment zipper now because the end result is just so good. As for the challenge, I’ve got an event coming up in Oct where I need to dress in Revolutionary War period 1776 and have only just begun the bodice. Considering how much more fabric storage space will be freed up when I get those miles of fabric to make the floor-length gown out of the drawers, I think I’ll do that.

  18. didyoumakethat August 15, 2015 at 7:57 am #

    That dress is truly beautiful. Thanks so much for the shout out for Made Up and for the donation. We are currently at 112% of our goal. I’m really excited to see where we get to. Thank you!

  19. MoosePatch August 15, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    Are you related to Sunni? You look so much like her.

    • LLADYBIRD August 17, 2015 at 7:49 am #

      Haha no, not that I’m aware of πŸ™‚

  20. Sew it up Buttercup August 15, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

    I love your fabric choice for this dress. This is one of the sweetest dresses you have ever made. Well doneπŸ˜ƒ

  21. gingerella August 16, 2015 at 5:06 am #

    I’m not usually a fan of wrap/faux wrap dresses but this one looks great, and comfortable too. Brill fabric choice.

  22. Kayse August 16, 2015 at 11:07 am #

    This dress is fabulous!!! I love the fabric you used for this pattern!

  23. Kit August 16, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    You ROCK! as always. Excellent job`

  24. Jane August 19, 2015 at 2:14 am #

    Gah! I love every single thing about this dress, but especially the fabric. I bet you’re pleased you made it again?! Right, I’m off to try and hunt down that pattern! x

  25. Persevering Heart August 20, 2015 at 11:27 am #

    Lauren, I just love your blog. Love. it. You’ve made me so much more brave with projects–you are smart, and think through, and do the math, but then you just throw in and do it. Thank you!!!! I’ve learned so many skills from you, and the ability to not be scared, and just say, “I’m diving in! Here we go!” So, thanks to you, like a psycho, I’m about to make drapes for my whole house. Haha!

    • LLADYBIRD August 21, 2015 at 8:12 am #

      You are so sweet! Thank you so much for this awesome comment, you just totally made my day πŸ™‚

  26. Margo August 28, 2015 at 8:02 pm #

    Wow.. I really love this dress! You are right about making a mock wrap with the polka dots….not too cutesy at all. I loved to hear that you did alterations kinda on the fly…that’s the way I do it too and I often think that I should be more “proper” about it but it works for me…Awesome dress as always!!

  27. Mary Sinclair January 17, 2018 at 5:26 am #

    I was reading through the Boylston bra tutorial trying to find what fabric was used. I found it on the trackbacks to be polka dot rayon, is this correct as it looks like a linen effect up close. Please could you confirm. Thanks Mary

    • LLADYBIRD January 17, 2018 at 6:38 am #

      The fabric is indeed a polka dot rayon. It was a gift that I was given several years ago so I am not sure where it was originally sourced from.


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