Simplicity 1612, back to my knits!

It has been a wile since I have made a knit dress, which is unfortunate because I have so many of them in my stash in a lot of fun prints! I used to make a LOT of knit dresses, and now I remember why! They are so soft, comfy and forgiving, but still really cute! They can be dressed up or down, and with the right style you can even wear one to a wedding if you want. I know people are deathly afraid of knits, however there are endless tutorials online to help you deal with troublesome details like neck bindings (luckily this dress didn’t need one!

This dress is Simplicity 1612, one of the new patterns for knits that Simplicity released this year. It has such a cut keyhole around the neck line, and the back is also really pretty with a cut out and necktie. I used a super soft knit that has an ikat print in charcoal and cream. I love that this dress can be worn both casually and a little more dressed up since it has the neckline details. My mom just turned 65 so I wore this out for her birthday dinner. Happy birthday Ma!




I followed the directions on this one exactly as they were listed. It wasn’t difficult putting the bodice together, however there were a few instructions that they sort of clumped together. So just be careful to read everything thoroughly and use the picture diagrams. I cut the dress in a 12 and it just happened to work out and fit perfectly. That never happens!! I was stoked, other than just taking in the sides a bit I had virtually no adjustments to make.


The keyhole is a little big, so beware if you are a little more busty. I have never really been shy about showing off some cleave but if you are then I would take it uo a little bit and add a little more length to the bodice. I guess I am just a little hussy!

I did my best t match up the print, but there were a couple places that it was slightly off. This seems to be an eternal problem of mine, matching up prints! Bah!!




Isn’t the back so cute? The main issue I read about in other reviews of this pattern was the facings and how they just kind of hang inside the dress. I would classify these more so as self liners than facings, the bodice facing is the same pieces made up as the right side, and the back was a rectangle that encases the straps and elastic on the back. I ended up tacking both of these down at the side which worked out great. The back peeps out a little with movement, but it isn’t anything major. Β Another version that I love is blogger Nikki’s dress, I love the print she used- it looks like yarn knitted together. Super cute!



Speaking of cute, harper wanted to get in on the blogging action. She’s so stylish! I don’t know anyone else who pulls off wearing white better than her πŸ™‚

37 Comments on “Simplicity 1612, back to my knits!”

  1. Katherine says:

    That dress is fantastic! I love how it has the keyhole front and the detail in the back. So perfect!

  2. Super cute! This pattern wasn’t even on my radar, but it’s awesome. And your choice of fabric is pretty stellar, too. πŸ™‚

  3. sewmanju says:

    CUTE and love your fabric.

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  5. CGCouture says:

    You look fab.u.lous, daaaaaahling!! Great dress!

  6. Rikki says:

    What a fun dress! I like the keyhole front and especially the tie back. Looks great on you! Harper does pull off the white I must say πŸ˜‰

  7. Great version of this dress! I have this pattern and it has been waver on my top 5 list for a while now. I think you just bumped it up a bit πŸ™‚
    I agree knits are great to work with and I am glad to see there are nice knit patterns coming out recently from the Big 4, you just have to be careful of the ease. Sounds like this one fits pretty spot on, though?

    • cjgal says:

      You should try this one! Everyone who has made it hasn’t mentioned too many problems. I think it is one of those magical patterns that turns out great for everyone! I used to find that simplicity always ends up with a surplus in the bodice but the few I’ve tackled lately haven’t been too bad. Maybe they are getting some sizing kinks out

  8. Helena says:

    The front and the back both have interesting details. The print is great, I wish I could find such things here :/

    • cjgal says:

      Thank you! Where do you live? I usually order my fabric online, we don’t have too many good shops around here either

      • Helena says:

        I live in Sweden, there’s not many fabric stores here and the knit selection isn’t very good IMO. A new store will open in September, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I’m a little picky about ordering online since I want to touch and feel the fabric.

  9. prttynpnk says:

    Oh i love this- its knit and fun, but also structured- great fabric choice, too!

  10. Amanda says:

    Nawww, Harper!
    And this is epic- that print is so perfect and I love the keyhole cutout! Awesome work πŸ˜€

  11. Wow, super cute front and back bodice details. Great job–this dress looks perfect! And Harper is really wearing the white sooo well πŸ™‚

  12. gingermakes says:

    This is so cute! It looks great on you! Happy birthday to your mom!

  13. Bonnie says:

    Lovely dress! You look great. I forgot I had this pattern so thanks for the reminder!

  14. Zoe says:

    Love the dress, the keyholes are so pretty!

  15. ksgentry says:

    I read your review on Pattern Review. I am about to attempt this dress but in version #3. After reading your review and looking at the pattern pieces I realized that I am certainly going to have to made some adjustments to the bodice. Even the largest size may be just a little too small. I love yours! Beautiful fabric!

    • cjgal says:

      Thank you! It was a fun one to make, I haven’t tried the other version but I like the twisted back and front details. I think it would be easy to make the bust fuller, and the fact that it is for knits and has some stretch should help too. Looking forward to seeing your version!

  16. Lisa says:

    I agree with Amanda! Love the dress, print and Harper sooooo cute!! High five!!

  17. Oh wow. This is Sookie Stackhouse sexy (simple but hot). Well done with the print placement and ..the dog XD OMG what a cutie. haha β™₯

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