Monday, December 5, 2011

Pattern Review - New Look 6067



I'm so excited, I finished my first dress! It's New Look #6067 and I've been drooling over this pattern since I first saw it. I originally intended to use some of my "Soft Ikat" sateen fabric from Spoonflower, but decided I'd better make a test one first. Instead of muslin, I chose to use some of my sample fabric (Snake Skin Gray) from my Backyard Baby collection and I'm so glad I did b/c I just love the way it looks on this dress.

In fact, I think the subtler, tone-on-tone is nicer than the busier Ikat would've been b/c it allows you to see all the lovely pleating and details. Unfortunately, it's a bit small on me, I had to let out the side seams just to be able to get the zipper up! In fact, it's so tight it's starting to pull the pleat stitches apart as you might be able to tell in the closeup shot, maybe I should've used a shorter stitch length?



I also like that this dress has a separate belt. I plan to make some more of these to use with other outfits. The pleating on the bodice does seem to pucker a bit, but when I'm wearing it and moving around I don't think it's that noticeable. I'm pretty sure I'll be making more dresses with this pattern, and using the next size up.




I  have a second dress in the works using the Ikat fabric, a pattern with a simpler shape that I think works better with it. All it needs is a zipper and a bottom hem and it too will be finished. I had no idea sewing my own clothes would be so addictive!


14 comments:

  1. Wow, Patty, that dress looks gorgeous! I agree, the tone-on-tone print on the fabric works really well and I love the yellow detail!

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  2. It's beautiful! And the yellow accent is perfect! Now I want one!

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  3. I LOVE that dress! Well done.

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  4. Thanks girls! Finishing this dress made me ridiculously happy, even if I can't breathe in it. :)

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  5. I grabbed this pattern right away, too. This is the first one I've seen made up, and it turned out great. You are right about the smaller pattern allowing you to see the pleats and details. Good call with the contrasting piping, as well.

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  6. I love that dress! I probably would have just passed that pattern. I love the piping, everything!

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  7. Thanks Crystal and Justine! If you're curious to see a few more pics of this dress pattern made up with different fabrics (I know I like to see other people's end results), there's a few on PatternReview here. There's a faux suede one that came out nicely, something I wouldn't have thought to use.

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  8. I just found your blog through Hawthorne Threads. Love your new fabric -- and your handiwork in this post! Dresses are not easy (even if the pattern states that it is "easy"). It is even more difficult to fit a pattern on yourself. If this is your first attempt -- you are doing a great job! Remember to add in the "ease" or "breathing room" -- which is normally about 2".

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  9. Thanks so much my happy bluebird, encouragement is always muchly appreciated! My biggest weakness is not having the patience to try patterns out first with inexpensive, but unwearable fabric. This one turned out pretty decent, aside from the squeeze, and I definitely agree that more ease is a good thing! :)

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  10. Hello!
    Thsi post was featured on New Look's Facebook page. I will include the link to the page so you can have a look. Please invite your followers to see your post on our page. I hope you continue doing wonderful work and include New Look into your designs.

    http://www.facebook.com/simplicitypatterns#!/newlookpatterns

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  11. (Following from the FB link)

    I Love how this turned out! Nice job! I bought this pattern last year and am finally getting around to making it. The only problem I'm having is I don't know what size to make. According to finished measurements a 10 would fit, but going by the amount of ease I should be making a 14! I barely even wear size 6 from a store bought dress! Did you find this pattern ran smaller than normal? I'm fairly small framed but have a hard time fitting in these streamlined styles from New Look. Any recommendations or help on this dress would be greatful! =)

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  12. Thanks! I'm probably not a great person to be giving tips because I didn't really follow the pattern sizing like I should've. This was my first dress and while the pattern envelope said I was a 12 on bottom, 14 on top, I usually wear 8/10. I thought I could get away with using size 10 (in the middle) and adjust the seam allowance, especially since I knew I wanted it well-fitted. The bottom half turned out perfect, but turns out I had to let out all but 1/8" of the seam allowance on top and my diaphragm still has barely enough room to expand! I can get the dress on, but can't wear it anywhere I plan on sitting down. :) Love the dress though and definitely plan on making another one very soon. I hope that helps, good luck with yours!

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