You’ve got to love a free pattern, especially one that you manage to make seven different dresses from! The Simplicity New Look 6262 came with my first ever sewing magazine purchase (thank you Sew Magazine) and taught me how sew darts, gather, insert sleeves and invisible zips and apply facings (it was the second garment I ever made). I loved the style and fit of it so much that it’s become my go to dress pattern.
I made this first version last year using Rose and Hubble cotton poplin.
I followed the instructions to the letter (except I used a standard zipper foot to insert the invisible zip). It was the second garment I’d ever made and is still one of my favourite items in my wardrobe.
Second was a sleeveless version in an Indian cotton. I got all girly and added a pink ribbon to the waistline for this one. For some reason the zip pulls away from the body at the top and the back neckline is a bit high (any suggestions?) but otherwise I love it!
Third up was the standard view B with added embellishment on the neckline. I lined this one as I made it in the winter and needed some extra warmth. This fabric was an eBay purchase that looked much darker on the computer screen. It’s a great print but the colour doesn’t really suit me so it’s only been worn a handful of times.
This next one shows that I was starting to feel more confident in my sewing. I changed the neckline, narrowed the sleeves and used a pleated skirt (Simple Sew Grace skirt) instead of the pattern’s gathered skirt. This was also fully lined and I added some lace trim too.
I then decided to try out the v-neck version and made two more dresses in quick succession. In hindsight, I would have changed the back neckline to a v-shape too but these still work well as they are.
For my most recent make (exactly a year after my first), I revisited the design of the purple ditsy print dress (4th version) but made it without sleeves. I loved the progression in my skills that this one demonstrated- it was so much neater and better fitting than earlier efforts. I changed the back too to make it lower and slightly narrower at the top.
My love of the NL6262 continues and I’m sure they’ll be more in my sewing future. In the meantime, my sister has requested a NL6262 as a birthday gift (September) so hopefully I can share the love of this great, reliable and versatile pattern.