New Look 6000: DIY Shift Dress or The “Readers You Were Right” Dress….

New Look 6000
New Look 6000

Hello Readers,

How are you all? We have had a couple of glorious days of much needed sunshine here, and then we have gone back to cold, foggy blah. But it was dry/ bright enough for me to snap a few shots of this dress before we went to church this morning.

Do you remember this dress? It is New Look 6000. I made it last year, and it featured in my Top 5 of 2013, as one of my Top 5 Misses. This was my first version:

New Look 6000 Polka Dot Frock Fest!
New Look 6000 Polka Dot Frock Fest!

I featured this as one of my Top 5 Misses of last year because I felt it just wasn’tย  my style. It was a combination of the polka dots, together with the cuffs.

Anyway, when I featured it as a Miss, a few of you left comments saying you felt this dress was a good pattern on me. Never let it be said I don’t value what my Readers say! I thought about it, and decided to give this pattern another shot. What do you think of version 2?

New Look 6000
New Look 6000

I didn’t make any fitting changes other than I swapped the elbow length cuffed sleeves for short ones (which are pleated at the top – I like the structural look they give!) The fabric is, like last time, a cotton/ elastane mix. It is, again, unlined, and this time I used the facings that were included in the pattern envelope.

New Look 6000
New Look 6000
New Look 6000
New Look 6000

Overall, I think this dress is much more ME! I love the print. It isn’t an animal print, but it has almost a snake skin look to it. And it is neutral in colour, which means I can combine it with lots of other colours…like red shoes ๐Ÿ™‚

So, I would like to say a huge thank you to Angelique from Black Label, Fiona from Seams Straightforward, Jean Margaret from Sew, Jean Margaret and Leah who all had the wisdom to speak up and tell me that this patternย was a good look on me, and gave me the encouragement to try this pattern again in a fabric that I love. Sometimes, we have to have the courage to listen to what others tell us in a positive way and not be down on ourselves. And that’s what’s great about being part of this world-wide sewing community!

Have a great week ahead!

New Look 6000
New Look 6000





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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at

57 thoughts on “New Look 6000: DIY Shift Dress or The “Readers You Were Right” Dress….

  1. This version looks better:-) You look great!! The dress shape suits you and the sleeves look perfect (I love the fabric!!). The polka dot version didn’t do you justice and the sleeve length was too long for you. Great job!!

  2. Yes! This dress is fabulous on you! I’ve made the plain version several times and love them all, have yet to try this pleated version.

    1. Hi you all. I made this dress for a wedding and it seems to me that the neckline was crooked, after making the pleads, the shoulders look one larger than the other. Any subjestions. Thanks

  3. This dress is great on you. The shorter sleeves make a difference and balance off the dress. Why don’t you change the spotty dress to shorter sleeves, I think you would prefer it?

  4. You look lovely. The pattern & fabric look perfect together. And I think you could save the polka-dot version by changing the sleeves to a cap style.

  5. Version number 2 is just wonderful and seems to suit you so much more, in every way! The pattern is a definite keeper and fabrics like the one in version 2 seem to be very flattering to you. Great job with the end result and that you were willing to try it again!

  6. I really like both dresses on you; the second version is a true winner. I think the shorter sleeves and no cuffs was a good design change. I really like the fabric also!

  7. This dress is a winner on you! The sleeve change makes a big difference. I agree with the comment above that you might be able to rescue the polka dot version by changing the sleeves. This is what I love about sewing clothes – the challenge of not only finding the right pattern but getting the fit right and finding the best fabric for both the pattern and the wearer! I’m still learning on all fronts and posts like yours help! Thanks

  8. OH OH OH……..OOOOOH this pattern is YOU. My goodness, your newest version of this pattern is downright gorgeous. I think the fabric is a perfect match & you look incredible in this. I loved the polka version too – still one of my fav’s of your me-mades ๐Ÿ™‚ Well done for giving this another shot. Absolutely stunning.

  9. Wonderful new version! It’s hard to believe that’s the same pattern. You are right, this is much more flattering. I think the larger print with the lower contrast is much better on you. Great fabric choice, and thanks for the encouragement to try a pattern ‘miss’ again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. You look great in this dress – and you just inspired me to try out the same pattern. I bought it just two minutes ago and can’t wail to get started. Great fabric choice too!

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