Thursday, March 29, 2012

Not so simple Simplicity

Well I am back with my finished project- Simplicity's New Look 6067 dress. It was probably the longest project so far I have ever done. I started it just before St Patrick's weekend and just simply had no time to sit down and finish it, so I eneded up sewing it bit by bit, and, boy, am I happy to finish it finally!!!! I am not a fan of long term projects. My inspiration fizzles out fast enough and normally, I love getting everything done in a day or two. Which could easily be done in this case too, given enough time.




Back to the pattern. My measurements fell almost perfectly on their size 10 on top and just beyond 12 on the bottom, but i kept it close to 10 anyway as the skirt is quite loose fitting. Generally this pattern is quite good- I found it fit very well and didn't need to many adjustments. The only thing I changed was the shoulder width as my back is quite narrow- I took around 2.5 inches ( 5 cm) off the shoulder width.



I had a cut of thick double knit grey jersey lying around that I used for this "pattern trial" project. The first challenge I met was the thickness of the fabric- it really created an enormous bulk at the front pleats, especially when I connected the bodice and the skirt. The instructions suggested pressing the seam allowance towards the bodice, but maybe spreading the bulk evenly to both sides would work better. The solution came to me a couple of days later- but it really worked to hide all the bulk- a little cute bow)))



I would also have liked to use interfaced lining as a facing fabric for the opening at the neckline  if I had a change to turn time back )))) The instructions that came with the pattern were quite good par from one very important part- the lining of the sleeves. it suggested lining the sleeves and then attaching to the bodice as one part…. very strange considering this sleeve is very short and every time you raised your arm, you could see the ugly seam allowance should you follow their advice. Well i do consider using 6067 pattern more in the future and I will definitely line the dress, just not the way the instructions suggest.
I will also consider balancing all my darts and trimming one side of seam allowance at waist to minimum, to have a nice clean professional result.

For now though, a skinny belt helps hide the seam and overall it is not bad for a first go.

The conclusion is- Simplicity New Look Misses' dresses 6067 is a fab pattern, i am delighted to have it in my collection and I am looking forward to trying it out again soon!!!!




15 comments:

  1. I like this dress on you. Shows your good shape. Well done!

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  2. I love this dress on you, so fabulous! Great style lines also!

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  3. I think it looks fantastic on you, very cute and modern shape which will work for day and night.

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  4. Your dress is simply gorgeous; elegant and very chic.  Well worth the extra time to finish it...
    Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog; it really made my day!!

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  5. Hello! Thank you for your nice compliments on my top. I´ve been having a look at your blog and you have very interesting proyects, like this one. It looks great! Congratulations!

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  6. It's a very flattering shape on you.  I imagine this would be even better in a thinner fabric.

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  7. Thank you! Finally found the best shape for my pear figure

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  8. Thank you so much

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  9. I am quite surprised how a very boring double knit jersey could work so well in this style. 

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  10. You are very welcome. After I've seen that red dress i just had to finish mine )))))

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  11. Great to see you have visited me back, I am doing my best. Please stay in touch

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  12. So do I. But the top part needs to be stiffer for it to work- maybe next time I will underline the bodice, using a thin fabric as a main fabric, but not underlining the part where all the pleats are. Tricky, but doable.

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  13. Nice! It looks very cool with the skinny belt!

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  14. This is lovely- if I ever work up the courage to put all these pleats on my midsection- I'll be stealing your bow idea!

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