Simplicity 6301 - My Most Worn Make of the Summer!

by - 9/02/2018

My Most Worn Make of the Summer!
Hi pinups! It feels like it's been ages since I last wrote a sewing pattern review. But if you follow me on social media or over on YouTube, you'll know I've been in a bit of a sewing funk this summer. No matter how many patterns I was lusting after, or fabric I bought, I just couldn't gather the enthusiasm to actually make anything. I touched on this in my last post HERE so I won't dwell on it now and we'll move on to this pattern review!

Every so often a pattern comes along that is an instant hit with me. That was simple to sew, easy to fit and fun & flattering to wear. That's pretty much all I'm looking for when it comes to sewing these days! I've been hooked on wrap dresses since last summer, and now I'm even more hooked on the jersey variety. So I'm currently on my quest to test out all the jersey wrap dress patterns I can find! The Simplicity 6301 will be hard to beat...

Here's a peek at the pattern:

There are some great variations with this pattern and it's a great pattern to start with if you're new to jersey wrap dresses. I used the body of A/B, you may notice I've used a different sleeve. Like I have before on a couple of makes, I pinched the Sew Over It 'Eve' dress sleeve (another favourite wrap dress pattern!). I'm obsessed with flutter sleeves, I don't know what it is about them! I think they balance out my larger bust, whilst also cover the tops of my arms which I can feel self conscious of. The combination worked perfectly!

This pattern was a great sew from start to finish. The fabric is one of my all time favourites, like a 1940s style ditsy floral tea dress print, I could wear prints like this forever and never get bored. The weight is perfect for this dress and it provides a lovely drape, whilst holding it's shape and isn't see-through.

The sewing process was also nice and simple. The bodice has a couple of darts/pleats to create the faux wrap, which I think is a nice design feature. I also like the added touch of binding around the neckband. I do have a bit of gaping, but it's nothing a safety pin won't fix and I'm very happy with the overall fit.

Sewing Summary:
Notions: None.
Sewing time: Half a day.
Modifications: Switched the sleeve pattern. 
Fit: Great.
Difficulty: Confident beginners and beyond.
Watch out for: Spend extra care with the neckband and it'll make all the difference.
Make Again?: Yes! I'll be making a lot more of this one!

This was the make I needed this summer! After a few crappy weeks of feeling a bit down on myself for not sewing all that much, this dress came along just at the right time to revive my sew-jo. It's been my go to dress over the past month at least and has me craving more jersey wrap dresses! I've actually brought 3 more fabrics for wrap dresses, one is a particularly exciting one... so you'll be seeing some more wrap dress love again very soon!
Are you as hooked on wrap dresses as me? Have you got any pattern suggestions? Let me know!
Thanks for reading, pinups!Abi xo

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  1. I really like your dress! I like. This is done in a very simple way, but it looks beautiful. The red color fits you perfectly! You must use this color more often! Beautiful stylization!