Sunday, May 1, 2011

New Look 6936

Somehow I mistakenly thought this was the last day of April so I was hustling to get a couple more blog posts in before the month ended. I can't believe how fast April went by.  No worries, guess I'll just start the month off fresh with a post. As I mentioned in my last blog post, I had 1 1/2 yd of fabric and had to find some creative way to make a dress out of it that wasn't too short or revealing since I wanted to wear it to church. Well I decided to give New Look 6936 a shot and am happy I did. Nothing overwhelmingly fancy about the pattern but considering I was using a pretty bold print I needed a more subdued pattern so this fit the bill perfect. Here's my review.......


New Look 6936

Pattern Description:
Knit dress with bodice variations and elasticized waist. I made view B.

Pattern Sizing:
I cut a 10 on top and a 12 on the skirt.


Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, yes!!!

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very much so but always count on me to overcomplicate things a bit.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the gathered shoulders and ties, the high waist and elasticized waistline.

Fabric Used:
A black, red, white floral print matte jersey.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

1. Added 3" to the length and only made a 1/2" hem.
2. I did as other Pattern Reviewers recommended and made fabric ties instead of using ribbon for the shoulder seam. I cut 1.25" wide & 18" long strip, sewed them and turned them inside out. I made 4- 2 for each shoulder.


3. I created a elastic waistline casing using the waist seam allowance and did not sew the casing down through all layers as directed. Instead I simply pressed it down.
4. I added clear elastic to the neckline and coverstitched it down.
5. Also there's ALOT of ease in this pattern so because I didn't want 6" of ease in bodice I scaled down a size. Just keep that in mind when choosing your size.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I think I might. It's a cute and quick dress (pattern says 2 hours) if you don't make a bunch of blunders like I did. Let's see it took me a extra couple of hours to make and I accidentally cut 3" off of the back skirt and had to serge it back on (fortunately with the print you can't tell) and I didn't like having to make the shoulder ties (I was just being lazy and slow).  I had too many distractions to be trying to sew. But I made this in an evening's time so that's not too bad.

Conclusion:
Pretty and yet simple and easy dress to make. It's a great dress and in my case it was a nice way to highlight a cute knit print.

24 comments:

  1. Nice dress - it looks great on you!

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  2. Really nice print! Your dress is super cute. I really like the shoulders.

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  3. Such a pretty dress! I really like that fabric. :]

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  4. Beautiful, love your fabric choice

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  5. Great dress and fabric. I love the shoulders.

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  6. I'm extremely impressed by how you serged on the hem again!

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  7. Beautiful dress! Love your fabric and the shoulders!

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  8. That is a love knit dress! Nice work as always... I wish I could sew knits more confidently....

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  9. That is great to knock out such a cute dress so quickly. You are right, the print is great with a nice simple style.

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  10. Very, very cute dress! I love this print and just as we say, quick, cute and stylish! Love those shoes!!!

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  11. So pretty! I especially love the gathered shoulders w/ drawstrings!

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  12. Very nice. Looking good lady.

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  13. That's a very pretty dress. Love the rushing on the shoulder and the ties. It's a perfect Sunday dress.

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  14. looks great and to me appears way better than as on the pattern envelope.
    you have inspired me to try more knits.

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  15. Pretty dress and perfect print for it.

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  16. You know, I really like that fabric for this dress. You did such a nice job...it's a perfect Spring dress.

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  17. Love this dress! Very flattering fit. Great fabric.

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  18. Found your blog through Singer and Sew..

    Great job on a quick dress. I am now a followers.

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  19. Totally gorgeous. Love the shoulder detail.

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  20. Great looking dress. very flattering.

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  21. Your version of this pattern is awesome. You look great in it. You are right about the ease in the bodice. That's why I was unhappy with my version. I sure do love the ties at the shoulder for a design feature.

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  22. I love this dress! I am so impressed with the way you handle the knit fabrics. If you have time, I would love some advice about what kind of knit fabric would be good for a first time try at a knit top.

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  23. I have just bought this pattern and have never sewn knit fabrics before. Yours is lovely. So here goes!

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