Wednesday, 21 May 2014

New Look 6071 Revisited


New Look 6071...number4

This is the fourth time I have made New Look 6071. It is just such a flattering style and I don't think I have finished with this pattern yet. Unfortunately I think it has just become OOP, so if you want to give it a try you had better get in quick.

The first three versions I made were all pre blog, but I still wear them a lot.

First version

The first version I made was sleeveless and I used a size 14. This was a little big and the back neck gaped.

Second version

For the second version I went down to a size 12 and added short sleeves. I also cut the neck binding a couple of sizes smaller than the pattern. This eliminated the back neck gape.

Third version

For the third version I stuck with the size 12 with shortened neck binding, but used the long sleeves.

Fourth version

For my most recent version I used a size 14 because I made it with a ponte which was a lot thicker and less stretchy than the previous fabrics used. This paid off and the fit is pretty good. I also lengthened it by 8cm. Sorry about these dreadful photos. I really should have worn my sunglasses to avoid that awful squinty look, but your only supposed to be looking at the dress...right?

Side View

Back view

I just love the clever cross over front. It is really flattering and even though it is quite a plunging neckline, it hugs the curves and doesn't gape at all.

Bodice detail

Back neckline finished with self fabric binding.

By shortening the length of the neckline binding by two sizes and stretching to fit, has eliminated any gaping. The neckline now sits nice and close to the body.

Hems sewn with a twin needle.

I turned the hem up 3cm and stitched with a twin needle. This ponte is lovely and stable and the hem turned out nice and neat, without any skipped stitches. I sewed the majority of seams on the overlocker and I set the sleeves in flat, as I do with all knits.

I am really pleased with how this dress turned out and I think it will be a real workhorse in my work wardrobe. You have already had a sneak peak in my Me Made May round up from last week when I wore it for the first time, hot off the sewing machine.



Happy Sewing

16 comments:

  1. I can see why you love this pattern. All your versions look great on you!

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment Beverly. Isn't it great when you find a pattern that just really works for you.

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  2. I agree with Beverly, this style looks so great on you! All the versions look so unique with the different fabrics

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    1. Thanks Carrie and that's why I will probably make a few more of these, because they can be made look quite different simply by varying the fabric choice.

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  3. Beautiful color on you! I can see why you love this pattern, you have the fit down perfectly, it is quite flattering

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    1. Thanks so much Kelly. I'm really happy with the fit straight out of the envelope.

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  4. This is a very flattering style and can see why you have made so many. Love the colour of the ponte and thank you for the hint about the neck binding!

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    1. Thank you Sharon for your lovely comment.

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  5. This pattern is working so well for you! and I love all the versions you have made, The bodice is really lovely :)

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    1. Thanks so much Carolyn. The bodice certainly is the drawcard for this pattern. It is really quite simple and easy to execute too.

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  6. This dress looks great on you in all its versions! I have made it once, and shortened the neck binding by one size, but next time I will go down two sizes because I wish the bodice was just a bit tighter. I love the photo with you and your dog:)

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    1. Thanks Angela. Shortening the neckline binding certainly makes the neckline sit well. I had more trouble with gaping at the back, than the front buts it's all fine now. Ollie is a great companion and he is always at my side. He often sleeps in my sewing room when I sew (but he snores very loudly) :-)

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  7. Lovely to see all the versions they look great on you. How do you think this pattern would be for large bust?
    Also glad to hear it is easy to execute the bodice part, it looks tricky.

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    1. Thanks Jenia for your lovely comment. I can't see why this pattern wouldn't work for a large bust. The biggest tip I can offer is to make the neckline binding about two sizes smaller to stop any gaping. You would just have to choose the pattern size that corresponds to your bust measurements I guess, or maybe do an FBA. Sorry, I can't really help you with this. There are no darts in the bodice. The shaping is achieved by the way the fabric is folded.

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  8. What fabric did you use for version 1 & 2. They are my favorites. I for sure want to make version 2.

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    1. I used a poly jersey with spandex for the first two versions Lori. Thanks for your comment.

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