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New Look: 6243 (Misses' Dress and Bolero) - Type:Dresses    printable version
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Reviewed by:SuzyBee
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Posted on:12/15/13 7:23 PM
Project Photo:New Look: 6243 by SuzyBee

New Look: 6243 by SuzyBee  New Look: 6243 by SuzyBee  
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Pattern Rating:Great Wardrobe Builder
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Pattern Description: Keep your style up-to-date with this illusion bodice dress and full skirt. Yoke can be made in contrast fabric, sheer fabric or lace. Bolero is perfect to keep warm and stylish.

Pattern Sizing: I made a sz 20 with adjustments

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Sort of, I changed a couple of things in the design of it.

Were the instructions easy to follow? They were ok.

Fabric Used: A thin cotton.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I used Colette Éclair bodice to adjust the fit (its basically a 1" FBA)
I wanted to copy a dress I had seen so I cut most of the pattern pieces on the bias and also added seam allowances to the centre of the front and back skirt so I could cut them on the bias.
I made the straps adjustable.
Shirred the back and added piping to the front bodice seams.
The back pattern pieces are quite curved near the armholes so I straightened them out.
Added pockets from Simplicity 2588.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Not sure if I would sew it again, how many chevron dresses do you need? I would recommend it to others, the pattern itself is fine and it has a lovely half circle skirt.

Conclusion: This is a copycat dress, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. The fabric probably wasn't the best choice, its a bit thin and stiff all at the same time and made sewing the bodice interesting to say the least!

I have more pics on my blog
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Elizabeth made this said...
Love your play with the stripes!
12/15/13 10:07 PM
RachelKennison said...
Great dress!
12/15/13 11:56 PM
The Dreamstress said...
That is a gorgeous dress! Just fabulous! Beautiful stripe matching!
12/16/13 3:14 AM
tigergirl said...
I saw this on your blog - it looks fantastic.
12/16/13 5:32 AM
Danmar said...
Really good looking dress. Nice job on fabric and fit!
12/16/13 6:22 AM
Twinset said...
Great dress and great fit!
12/16/13 10:39 AM
nothy lane said...
This dress looks amazing in stripes. Great job.
2/21/14 9:53 AM
Flying Seamstress said...
Wow, what a beautiful, flattering, breezy, summer dress! Love your design changes.
2/22/14 10:39 AM
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