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Pattern Review: Simplicity 6301

As some of you may know I started a new job at the end of March which also happened to be the beginning of the organisation's peak event times. I haven't had too much time to sew, but we had a launch event and I decided last minute to make a dress for the occasion.

I have made Simplicity 6301 twice before here and here, so I knew that this would be a quick make. The star of this version is the fabric. This is a border print fabric that I picked up during my holiday in New York City in mid May. We met up with some family during our stay and went for a mothers day brunch and after headed to Belmont Avenue for some fabric. 

This ITY knit was a bargain at $4 per yard. It is actually a border print so it was a bit tricky to squeeze out all of the pattern pieces. I ended up having to cut the neck and arm bands out of the black border, but I think that it ended up being a nice detail.

I was worried that the lack of fabric would mean that my pattern placement would be extra dodgy but other than the centre back of the dress it isn't really noticeable. Other than taking an inch out of the top centre back and grading to an 18 on the top of the bodice for extra coverage I didn't make any other alterations to this version. 

This is truly a tried and tested pattern for me! It works for a casual dress and also for something more dressy. I absolutely love ITY knits for how comfortable they are. It was great that I was at work and still felt glamorous and comfortable. I have no doubt that this pattern will show up again on my blog. 

You can see my Pattern Review here.

Do you have patterns that you dress up and down depending on your wardrobe needs? 


  1. Looks fantastic. Love the drama of black and red.

  2. Beautiful dress. I love the gorgeous colors and print of the fabric.

  3. Such a great use of a border print fabric. The dress fit is perfect for you and you look so lovely! Great job!

  4. Wow, your blog is so inspiring! Thanks for sharing. I am working on simplicity 1884.

  5. This is lovely! You need multiples.


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