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|New Look: 6968 - Type:Dresses |
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|Posted on:||10/26/12 8:28 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Available for sale on PR: $4.49 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||suiting [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|I swear it looks better in person than in the following PICTURES Not sure why the pics make my boobs look square? I blame my husband who took the pictures|
I've updated the pictures since my modifications for fit. I finally determined what was causing the creasing under the armpits and across the back sleeve: ME! When I redrafted the bodice to accommodate a long sleeve, I inadvertently widened the bodice. I ended up removing the sleeves and trimming the armscyes slightly then reinserting the sleeve. Honestly it could have used another 1/4 inch but I was afraid of taking too much. In the future I'll just lengthen the included sleeve since NL drafters have more experience than I do!
NEW LOOK SAYS: Misses' dress with collar and bodice variations.
I SAY: Basic sleeveless or short sleeve shift dress pattern shaped with darts and waistline seam. Options include neckline and sleeve darts, tie neckline, and faux welt pockets
New Look isn't very creative on their descriptions but usually offers a good deal with many options at an everyday price (I love not waiting for a pattern sale)!
8-18 in one envelope; I love when the don't split them up
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except for my few changes
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions seem pretty good; however I was making so many modifications that I didn't follow them
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The tie neckline looked so wonderful in everyone's review that I just had to make it.
Suiting fabric that has been in my stash forever; the background color is a deep plum accented with mustard, hunter green, and blue. I lined everything except the sleeves with a navy lining fabric
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Given my giant broad shoulders and the decreasing temperatures, I decided modifications were necessary.
*I lowered the neckline and lengthened the ties. My hope was that this modification would open the neckline slightly and not give me as much visual width on top.
In response to godesscpsmom:
lowered back neckline 3/4 inch
lowered front neckline by 1 5/8 inches
removed 1/2 inch at inside shoulder
Finished tie measurements:
short tie- 11 inches attached, 7 inches free
long tie- 14 inches attached, 11 1/4 inches free
1 1/4 inch open space at neckline between the ties
*I applied the collar in a different way than the instructions indicated. I made both pieces pointed on the ends and applied so the ends are free and can be tied instead of just inserting through the loop created (as per the directions)
*I also redrew the armscye to accommodate a 3/4 length sleeve that I added
*I lined the bodice and skirt
*The instructions have you install a facing at the neckline with the tie AND lining. To me this seems like it would be a tremendous amount of bulk. I drew my own neckline and armhole facings in interfacing (no fabric, and about 1 1/4 inches wide) since I had changed both and fused these directly to the lining to support the weight of the tie and prevent the neckline from distorting
*I approached the back vent with lining a bit differently than I have in the past. I recently purchased a gorgeous and very well made vintage dress that I intend to alter and wear for a friend's 1950s themed wedding. I noticed that the lining was finished with a back slit but the fashion fabric was finished with a vent. They were not joined together and kept totally free. This prevented the bulk that sometimes arises when joining the fabrics and is completely invisible on the outside. It's much simpler and seems to be a better result so I think I'll be doing this in the future!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This is a great basic pattern and once fitted to you would be very quick to put together in nearly endless options. I really liked how BlossomKyle's looked with a princess seamed bodice, so would like to make a future version like that. Between a princess and darted bodice, I would have a lot of sheath dress options
I had to make several modifications for fit but they are in no way the pattern's fault
*I cut a 10 but graded the bodice and waist down to approximately a 9
*I cut the hips through the rest of the skirt an 8, this was still way too much ease for my non-existant hips, so graded down to approximately a 4 resulting in a very slim fit (which will keep me from eating too much whenever I wear this)
*I think my shoulders are a little too sloped for the original pattern, so I angled the outer edge of the shoulder by 1/4 inch
Happy with the result, but the fit could use some more tweaking.
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