The 60's Smock Dress

This is my newest favorite pattern Simplicity 6386 from 1966!  The 1960's smock dress.  I am going to run it into the ground just like my shift dress pattern.  I love the many options that you can use for the trim and color blocking on this dress.  The sleeves are great too!  I am planning several dresses using this pattern that you will see very soon!

I just finished this new smock dress last night and wore it out to a church event.  I used a tiny corduroy from my local Joann Fabric's  that was super soft and cozy. I added contrast color yoke and pocket because the print needed to be toned down a little in my opinion.  I am hooked on this style now.  It is super loose and free with a cute classic look.  The peter pan collar makes it so fresh and fun.   I used to wear dresses like this in the 80's in high school and college.  Laura Ashley was one of my favorites.  This totally reminded me of one of her dresses with a 60's twist.  I opted for a shorter length to give a younger look and keep it from being a mumu.  I have nothing against mumus though. :)

    Etsy is a great source for vintage patterns and I have acquired quite a few recently.  I have had to stop acquiring until I sew some of them so that will be my project over the next month.   I will share my finds as I make them to challenge me to use the patterns that I have before purchasing more.  I am also going to use the fabric stash that I have because I am starting to remind myself of my mother who has enough fabric in her stash to open a fabric shop!


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