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!
Grecian Green Simplicity 1006
Pattern and Fabric
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.