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New Look 6225

I made a loose woven tee! As usual I had to ham it up for the cameras and play dress ups with my new tee, please forgive me, it’s all in fun!

(Click to enlarge the images. My annoying wordpress template shrinks them. Must get on that soon!)

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I think this is a good top for wearing with skinny jeans or tight fitting bottoms, the loose fit of the top makes it a bit more relaxed and I guess ‘demure’.

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The top goes with a lot of accessories…Gingham is practically a neutral right? well I’m sure that’s debatable!

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With a leather brooch I made. Is it too silly/clown like? I kind of love stylized daisies (perhaps it’s a 60s thing)

Sewing/Fitting notes: 

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Above: I did an invisible hem on the sleeves and the bottom of the top. Still obsessed with my invisible hem foot!

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Above: up close and personal with my tee!

Sewing notes: The original plan was to make a shift dress using the pattern New look 6225, which was the same pattern as i used for  this dress. I thought this quick project would be a fabulous antidote to drama I had with my Mad Men Megan dress.

LOL have a look at my pattern notes (perhaps I need a better system)….

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I remember transfering all the alterations/changes to the pattern tissue, the last time I made this dress, but somehow the fit was looser and it came out a lot more boxy than I wanted it to!

Unlike my first shift dress using new look 6225, this one does not not have a CB seam (but that’s what the pattern intended) perhaps that had an effect on the fit?

The gingham I used is also less drapey, it’s a bit crisp and has a lovely hand. I bought it during a 40% off sale at lincraft around $6 a meter. Anyway really not sure why the fit is so much looser…

I always intended this fabric to be a shift dress but I tried it on and it looked like hospital scrubs (not cute). So I thought “wow I better shorten it!” -That’s when I went far too crazy and shortened it too much. It seem’s to be a mistake I often make. I like short dresses but this is too short. It was that weird no-mans land between ‘top’ and ‘mini dress’, just covering the bum.

As you can see below it was too boxy, but also too short to be a dress and I didn’t feel like taking it in at the side seams

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I could either add a contrasting band to the bottom or shorten it into a top.

I’m so glad I shortened it and made it into a top, because this top goes with almost anything! I like how it’s slightly cropped, but its still a little modest because of how loose it is.

I cut this dress/pattern some time ago, but I decided to time my sewing. It took about 3.50 hrs (not inc cutting time), then an additional 2 hrs when I umed and erred over shortening it for the 3rd time.

A loose woven tee is actually the perfect addition the my wardrobe. It’s one of those basics that’s not super exciting when blogged, but when added to a wardrobe like mine, its a real workhorse. After trying it on in daylight, I think the top is actually too wide, if you took some excess fabric out of the cf it would sit much better, but it’ll do 😉

That was a crazy long winded post for such a simple project, need to learn to edit!

Time for me to go eat and vacuum up the endless sewing threads that cover my living room/sewing nook and thanks to this project I leave you with this “sewing wisdom”

 

 

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I know this is a very simple dress, but I am pretty happy right now! I feel more ‘me’ when I’m wearing this dress!

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To me that’s what makes a successful ‘make’– When you feel like you are really showing your personality/personal style in the garment and it fits your lifestyle.

Let me tell you something about my lifestyle:I live in a small apartment in Sydney Australia, I am at home a lot, and right now it is HOT. I love the heat, always have, but it really does feel like I’m living in a greenhouse, so a loose fitting cotton shift dress is just what I need!

I went shorter than I ordinarily would…because the dress is such a loose shape I felt like the short length made it more flattering/youthful.

Material notes:

The pattern is New Look 6225. It’s actually a top pattern, but I always planned to lengthen it into a dress (because I love love love raglan sleeves).

The fabric is a mysterious cotton bought years ago at Spotlight. There was a whole roll of it for sale (over 6 meters) for something crazy cheap like $9 for the roll. I bought that whole roll. That was an awesome day!

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Things I love about this dress:

  • This is the perfect dress for hot weather. It’s loose fiting and the fabric is light and breathable
  • The bold ‘geometric print cotton fabric I used. I have made a dress from this fabric before, but I feel like this shift dress works much better with the print!

Things I love about this pattern:

  • It’s a good pattern to showcase a bold print (because it’s such a simple style)
  • Raglan sleeves. More flattering on my wide shoulders AND much easier to sew than the dreaded set-in sleeves
  • No zipper/notions or buttons required! This dress slips over my head. Gotta love that!
  • Quick and easy too make.
  • Wide round neckline. Round necklines are a favourite of mine and suit me better, not really sure why

If you try this pattern do be aware that it has a LOT of ease. I recommend going down a size and/or sewing the seam allowances bigger (in my case 5/6mm further in)

Fitting/sewing notes:

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Normally I would be apprehensive about using a ‘new look’ pattern, because the fit of ‘new look’ patterns is often very poor, but because it was intended to be a loose fitting garment I went ahead and tried it.

New Look patterns are is the king of too much ‘ease’. This is why I made a size 8 and sewed the seams allowances at 2cms, rather than the usual 1.5cms (in effect removing 5mm from the seam allowances from all the pieces).

I made view B (with the lower neckline)

I added 9cms to hem of top, in order to make it into a shift/mini-dress

I used the sleeve pieces B,C and shortened the sleeves by around 5cms

I made my own bias binding…

I used a 85cm long bias strip for the neckline. I made it much wider than the pattern suggested (so it was easier to work with).

I didn’t use bias binding on the sleeves, I just turned and stitched them like a regular hem. Truth be told I am not a massive fan of using bias binding. I love the way it looks, but it feels sloppily done when I do it. Perhaps I just need practice!

I can’t remember why I did it, but I added a seam to the center back, rather than cutting it on the fold. It may have just been a more economical use of fabric in this case (it would probably look better cut on the fold).

Seam treatment: I just overlocked them, but this kind of dress that would have been a good candidate for french seams. I’m pretty lazy when it comes to changing the colour of my overlocking thread… I overlocked the garment with white overlocking thread. Yes I am THAT lazy! Sorry.Once I am more professional perhaps I will make the insides of my garment nicer!

I am already planning more dresses using this pattern. I love the idea of doing one where the sleeves are in a contrasting fabric. Fun!