|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.
The first version I made was sleeveless and I used a size 14. This was a little big and the back neck gaped.
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.
For the third version I stuck with the size 12 with shortened neck binding, but used the long sleeves.
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?
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.
|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.