Being still relatively new to this blogging/ sewing thing, I am discovering new sewing blogs every day that the rest of you have probably been aware of forever! A few weeks back, I came across Scruffy Badger Time’s brilliant blog, and she had just announced her February Challenge – Polka Dot Frock Fest. The challenge was simple enough: make a polka dot version of the much loved New Look 6000 (currently 23 reviews on PR.com – I am sure this number looks set to rise following this challenge!)
I had New Look 6000 in my stash, so it was an excuse to try it out. I confess, I probably wouldn’t have selected polka dots as my first choice for this sewing project, and did go through a bit of a “why did I say I would do this challenge?” moment, but then came across this navy stretch cotton sateen at my local market, and the decision was made. Lately, I have been making muslins for most things I sew, but this time, I decided to use my TNT sheath New Look 6123 pattern as a “sloper” of sorts.
New Look 6000 runs to a size 16, but I knew this would not be enough for my hips. The alteration was simple enough: I simply laid my TNT New Look 6123 pattern over the New Look 6000 pattern (matching waistline markings), and traced around the extra inches I needed onto extra paper I had taped onto New Look 6000. A picture can tell a thousand words…have a look:
Here is the front of the envelope picture:
I chose to make view C, without the collar. Enlarging the front piece pattern with the pleats was a little tricky: I measured the difference between the size 14 and the size 16 and just enlarged the waist a size, but then used my TNT measurements to enlarge the hips etc. I didn’t move the position of the darts/ pleats. When I made New Look 6123 I felt the darts were ok. Hey, all in good time!
The dress came together very quickly. I didn’t line it, and that may prove to be a mistake as it does cling to my tights, but I can’t get hold of stretch lining locally, and (if we ever get a summer) I think the lining would have made the thick cotton a tad uncomfortable in the tropical weather we are definitely going to get in the UK this summer (haha).
I didn’t bother using a facing at the neckline: I used bias facing. I decided to add contrasting mustard buttons at the cuffs, and a mustard coloured exposed zip at the back (used Gertie’s tutorial for a clean, easy finish).
Overall, I am fairly pleased with this dress. I thought it was a bit to baggy in the front, and sewed some of the pleats so they extended further to try and improve the fit. Also, I think I would prefer to have more shaping on the bust.
Anyway, thanks to Winnie for coming up with this challenge….it made me:
- Try New Look 6000
- Try using my TNT pattern as a sloper – it worked ok I think – see my pattern review below for full details
- Try Polka Dots – don’t have any in my wardrobe!
I can’t wait to see every one else’s versions!
Misses’ retro style dress with front, sleeve and neck variations.
4 – 16. I enlarged one size at the waist and maybe a couple of sizes more at the hips.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. Note, I sewed my pleats on the wrong side. Doesn’t bother me, but easily done.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the sleeves and the cuffs. Apparently sleeve length that ends at the elbow draws the eye to your waist, which is a good thing IMO. I don’t like the fact there is no shaping around the bust, but I think if you select the right fabric this is not such a huge issue. I also think the front is a little baggy…this is due to my alterations possibly, and I would alter if making again.
Stretch cotton sateen.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
This pattern runs to a size 16, but I knew this would not be enough for my hips. The alteration was simple enough: I simply laid my TNT New Look 6123 pattern over the New Look 6000 pattern (matching waistline markings), and traced around the extra inches I needed onto extra paper I had taped onto New Look 6000.
I omitted the facing at the neckline and used bias facing. I added 2 inches to the length. I used an exposed zip in a contrasting colour for a bit of fun.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Hmmmm…not sure I would sew it again myself….or maybe I would try another view. Yes, I would recommend to others.
A great, fun, easy to wear dress that came together very quickly.