Simplicity 6220 – from a vintage curtain

Slowly getting on and finishing off projects that have been abandoned for sometime, this one has been in the project pile for a couple of years! Simplicity 6220, made from a length of unused vintage curtaining which I found in an op shop, the curtain was lined, and in mint condition. It was asking to be made into a sweet little cocktail frock.


Simplicity 6220.

I used the existing lining to line the bodice, it was a lightweight cotton, which had shrunk a little, so I used some polyester lining fabric from my stash for the skirt.

Simplicity 6220 fabric

Fabric detail.

I had a little trouble with the fabric, I was a little stretched in areas, the weave is easy to snag, so I did a bit of manipulation as I went to make it work. I also had just enough for a small hem, so that was also a bit of a challenge!

Simplicity 6220 zipper

Getting it all to line up.

I was unsure the colour would really work, it was just long enough for me to add a false hem, just! And it is a touch shorter than I would otherwise have made it, but I love it anyway, and look forward to getting this frock out over summer.

Simplicity 6220 dress long2 Simplicity 6220 dress long

Here are a few details.

Simplicity 6220 waist2

I love the triangle shaped center bodice piece, such a flattering shape, and a little different.

Simplicity 6220 dress

I think the fabric has great body, and works really well with the pleats and lines of the bodice.

Simplicity 6220 dress3

I’m wearing nana’s hat and imitation pearls, plus some cream vintage gloves.

Simplicity 6220 neck

Nice to get this one out for some fresh air.

Simplicity 6220 vintage hat


  1. I think its a great length on you. totally fabulous dress (if you had wanted it longer I think some bands of thick satin ribbon could be used? but personally I think its perfect – good find!)


    1. Thank you! And your suggestion would work well with the fabric. Funny thing is I actually like the length too, though I probably would have gone a little longer if I had more choice at the beginning.


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