Season’s Greetings everyone! It’s the…eve before Christmas Eve, so I thought I’d share this pretty little holiday look. Made using Simplicity 1650 with the last minute addition of 3/4 length sleeves, this turned out to be my perfect dose of Christmas sophistication!
Pattern and Construction:
Simplicity 1650 (Dress):
This was a very simple make. Taking approx 1.5m of fabric, I was able to put this together in no time at all!
- Cut the size 4
- View A Bodice
- Long Skirt
- Added an exposed zipper
- No lining (as per instructions)
Butterick 6240 (Sleeves):
Once I had the dress together, I opted to add sleeves to give it a more sophisticated look.
- Size 6 sleeves
- Shortened by 3”
- 2″ hem, slip stitched
- I rounded out the shoulder instead of making a slash for the dart
- Heavy satin blend, woven
- On sale for $7/m x 2m, from Fabricland.
I absolutely love this material! The sheen on it gives a look of luxury which is exactly what I was going for. However, there’s absolutely no stretch to it which means …
wearing this dress is sort of like wearing skinny jeans before ‘stretch denim’ became a thing.
Because I wanted this dress to be nice and snug, there isn’t a whole lot of room to move around in it. See, on one hand, I managed to get the perfect fit (yay!). On the other, the perfect fitted pencil dress in a woven material means it’s definitely NOT means for dancing! I suppose could loosen it up a bit, but then the silhouette wouldn’t be as nice…the things we do for beauty lol! Guess who won’t be eating much in this dress haha!
This was my first time making the entire dress from Simplicity 1650 (minus the sleeves). I’ve used the bodice before in other dresses (see them here, here and here), but I wanted to make full use of this pattern and see how ‘easy’ this it really was. Let me tell you, it was a quick make and I’m very happy with how it turned out! If you have the chance to get your hands on this pattern, give it a shot. I already have plans to make this dress again! (Probably in a more breathable and moveable material though haha!)