Saturday, March 23, 2013

Finished Project: New Look 6180

Yay! I finished something and took a picture. I'm quite proud of myself.

This is New Look 6180, a pattern that I would have continued to ignore had it not been for Mimi G.

New Look 6180 view A

See the pattern envelope:


When it was released, I took one look at it and thought "Ugh. Never going to bother with that." I'm also  not a fan of elastic waists on dresses and usually ignore patterns with them. The dress looked a bit frumpy. I admit, I thought the line drawing looked a bit frumpy too.

Then I saw Mimi G's version and I had to make it. You mean that frumpy dress pattern actually turns out to be a fantastic shirt dress?!  I want to make it in green gingham just like this dress from Gap:

Gingham tie-waist shirtdress

I also want to make it in a floral lawn and perhaps even madras. I love this pattern so much. My love of shirt dresses has been well documented on this blog. This dress could be The One

I checked the finished measurements first before cutting anything out. There is an alarming amount of ease in this pattern. I highly recommend checking the measurements before you start. Usually my measurements fall around a size 18/20 in New Look patterns. This time around, I cut a size 16. The fit is perfect. It's relaxed without being baggy.

The skirt is full with pleats and has a slightly A-line shape. It's very flattering without being poofy. I made view A but made the skirt length about half-way between views A and C. I finished the hem with a hem facing. I left off the pockets. Boob pockets are a no-no for me.

The fabric is from Hancock Fabrics, found in the clearance/value fabric section. I think it was 60% off and I bought it for around $3 a yard. The bolt end read "end-on-end shirting" which was a poly/cotton blend. This fabric is lightweight and soft. I love it. I wish I could find more of it.

The instructions were clear and easy to follow. Really easy all around. I have no complaints whatsoever.  I will make this again. And again. And again.

1 comment:

  1. I see what you mean, the dress does look rather frumpy on the pattern packet. Your version doesn't however! I think sometimes you just have to go with it and hope that if it turns out unflattering you can fix it somehow.


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