Simplicity 1606 and Kudos to LLadybird

This dress was made with a large thank you to my sewing idol, Lauren from Lladybird. If anyone out there is not currently stalking her blog as I do, you should. Lauren made a knockout By Hand London Anna dress with fabric from her local area (Nashville) that I loveeddd! She was kind enough to help me purchase a few yards of it myself so I could be a copycat. 🙂

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Ladies and gentlemen..sparkly, fuzzy leaves!! It’s pretty great. Lauren’s best conclusion, which I would agree with, is that this is a silk organza. It is sheer with a nice amount of body to it. I know people tend to barf over the color combination of black and brown, but I can really dig it sometimes. I wanted to play up the combo in this fabric, so I actually used a brown satin for my underlay, but..you can’t really tell. I added the brown ribbon around the waist so that I didn’t feel too defeated.

 

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I didn’t add loops at the waistline for the belt (mistake) and I didn’t really want to tack to ribbon directly to the dress. This unfortunately results in me fiddling with the ribbon constantly to keep it in place (and looking kind of like a monkey). Example..

 

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Not cute. When I wore this out to a party recently, I ended up taking the ribbon off mid-way through the night. Oh well. Anyways, this dress is made from Simplicity 1606. I had already made the pattern once as a homecoming dress for my boyfriend’s niece. I like the pattern, but Simplicity’s whole “Amazing Fit” line nonsense is whack. All of the side seams are meant to be sewn with an inch seam allowance so that I could “perfect the fit”, but that just seemed really unnecessary and not helpful to me. Plus, I kept forgetting about these larger seam allowances and sewing at 5/8ths and then getting irrationally annoyed. So if you sew this pattern, perhaps brace yourself to annoyed by stupid instructions (at least in my opinion).

 

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I added a little bit of length to the bodice and hacked ~4 inches or so off the hem. The pattern only calls for a lined bodice, but I lined the entire dress with Bemberg rayon. I inserted the zipper in the back by hand and decided to add some beaded detailing. I’d never done this before, but I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. I love special detailing, especially in fancy dresses.

 

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Check out that sparkle, guys.

 

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And one more picture of me looking really dumb..

 

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Hahaha

 

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And Mr. Puff’s final look of approval before posting.

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11 thoughts on “Simplicity 1606 and Kudos to LLadybird

  1. Oooh I love it! The fabric looks so good made up in that shape, makes me jealous that my dress doesn’t look like that too, with that nice full skirt 🙂 But yay for being dress twins! 😀

  2. That is a beautiful dress. I love the beads on back. Close-ups of your work and the fabric is a great idea. You just can’t see the detail in the full shots.

  3. I have a few questions. I’m actually looking to make this dress and the cover model dress didn’t impress me but I like yours. Did you change the underlay neckline to be scooped? Instead of sweetheart? And did you make your skirt fuller than the pattern showed. I love your skirt, the one on the pattern doesn’t look as full as I want mine. Thanks

    • So sorry for my late reply! I did not make many modifications to this pattern other than shortening it by a few inches. I left the neckline as is. My skirt turned out nice and full partially due to hacking off some length, but mostly due to my fabric choice. I used a fairly stiff organza for my overlay and underneath is a crepe back satin with significant body. You should give it a shot! I was underwhelmed by the model as well, but pleasantly surprised by the outcome!

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