This amazing vintage-inspired silhouette is so perfect for the holidays, and it's so easy to make. Check out my post to learn how! >> MaddieMadeThis.com

Grecian Green Christmas Dress (Simplicity 1006)

When I made this Christmas dress last year, I had the best intentions of blogging about it in the new year!  But life took over, and here we are a year later.  Better late than never, right?  While I was in Chicago over Thanksgiving, I had my dad take photos of it, and today we’re talking about this Grecian green Christmas dress, Simplicity 1006!

This amazing vintage-inspired silhouette is so perfect for the holidays, and it's so easy to make. Check out my post to learn how! >> MaddieMadeThis.com

Grecian Green Simplicity 1006

Pattern and Fabric

This amazing vintage-inspired silhouette is so perfect for the holidays, and it's so easy to make. Check out my post to learn how! >> MaddieMadeThis.com

This Christmas dress was totally and unabashedly inspired by Allie’s vintage green dress.  She used Simplicity 8013, which looks like an amazing pattern.  But, it also takes a ton of fabric.  I mean, her skirt looks pretty full, right?  And she used HALF of what the pattern calls for!  I used Simplicity 1006, which I call the poor man’s version of 8013.  It has a very similar silhouette, but takes about half the fabric.

The fabric I used was from JOANN last winter.  It was a Casa Collection fabric, and has a heavier crepe feel.  I haven’t seen it again this year, but I really like their fabric in general.  Any medium-weight silky fabric would be a good fit for this pattern.  I saw this matte satin in my local JOANN earlier this month, and it feels like a similar weight and drape to my fabric.

This amazing vintage-inspired silhouette is so perfect for the holidays, and it's so easy to make. Check out my post to learn how! >> MaddieMadeThis.com

I added 8″ to the length of the skirt, and 3″ to the sleeve, #sewingtall friends. The skirt is a little long in 3″ heels, but not enough for me to do anything about it…

Sewing Simplicity 1006

This dress was time-intensive, but not complex.  There’s gathering at the shoulders, the waist (top and skirt), sleeve heads, and cuffs.  Now, I did alter the long bell sleeves to have a cuff.  They’re probably too big to really be cuffed, so maybe take a little width out of them if you’re doing the same thing.  I also really recommend a muslin of the top.  It’s a little big for my chest as written, so I use double sided tape to stick it closed.

This amazing vintage-inspired silhouette is so perfect for the holidays, and it's so easy to make. Check out my post to learn how! >> MaddieMadeThis.com

Once you’re past the gathering, there’s nothing super complex about this pattern.  There’s an invisible zip in the back, so as long as you’re comfortable installing those you’re good to go.  I really like the waistband, so I left off the sash.  If you’re dying to identical-twin with Allie, though, the pattern does include one!  Just tie it in the front.

This amazing vintage-inspired silhouette is so perfect for the holidays, and it's so easy to make. Check out my post to learn how! >> MaddieMadeThis.com

All in all, this pattern is a great Christmas dress.  It’s comfy and chic, and the long sleeves and skirt protect against cold Chicago winters.  I’ve actually worn this dress a few times this year, and it seems to be a hit with my friends (@ Meg hey).  While it’s definitely vintage-inspired, I think that the silhouette is classic enough to work for a variety of occasions.  If you’re looking for a 70s dress but can’t quite come to terms with the fabric cost for Simplicity 8013, Simplicity 1006 is an awesome dupe for about half the cost!

This amazing vintage-inspired silhouette is so perfect for the holidays, and it's so easy to make. Check out my post to learn how! >> MaddieMadeThis.com

Do you ever wear vintage in your daily life?  I’m not a vintage dresser per se, but I am definitely drawn to classic apparel.

14 comments

  1. I LOVE IT. gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. <3

    1. Thanks Allie! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. The version is so beautiful! I wish I had an occasion to wear such a stunning dress.

    1. Thank you! I’m a firm believer in forcing my friends to do an occasional dinner where we all dress up – maybe you can institute something similar!

  3. oh my lord, thank you for this! i adored allie’s version but knew i’d never wear it. this is perfect, beautiful job!!

    1. Thanks, Rhonna!

  4. Such a gorgeous dress! Green maxi dresses are the best for the holiday season.

    1. Thanks, Alexandra! I totally agree – they’re timeless!

  5. What a stunning dress! It looks amazing on you.

    1. Thank you! ❤️

  6. I had just ordered the pattern and was looking for ‘real-life’ versions of it, and I absolutely love how you’ve made it. I was also thinking about changing the sleeves and omitting the belt! Love it! Thank you for posting – even a year late.

    1. Thank you! I hope my haphazard details are helpful to you!

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