I have been lacking in the sewing department so far this summer. I had plans for making this particular dress for a wedding back on June 23rd but unfortunately I didn’t get the opportunity to complete it for that day. I had it cut out and ready to go but a few things popped up, one of them being my daughter. She was the maid of honor and couldn’t fly in until the Wednesday before the wedding and her dress needed to be altered. I had to do the alteration on Thursday so that she would have her dress to take up to the location site on Friday morning. The alterations entailed three layers of fabric, one of them being chiffon, not my most favorite fabric to sew on; there was some removing of boning and adjusting seams and placing the boning back as well. The alterations took a wee bit longer than I had anticipated so I didn’t get to the sewing of this dress until after the wedding. Which works out because I have another wedding next week that I needed a dress for as well and this will do nicely.
Here are a few pictures that I took with the new Nikon DSLR using a tripod and remote.
Lola wanted to get in on the picture taking act.
Close-up of the side drape detail and left bodice.
A review of this pattern for Pattern Review:
PR: New Look 6123
Pattern Description: Misses’ Dress in four versions
Fabric Used: Ponte Knit
Pattern Size: 16
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn’t use the directions but looking them over they seemed fine.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked this pattern and ease of construction. I used an invisible zipper and that worked out nicely once I got that technique down. All these years of sewing and this is only the second time I have used an invisible zip.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The adjustments I made to this pattern were: I added 2” to the length of the skirt and drape, dropped the bust ¾” and moved the dart accordingly, made separate back pieces to accommodate for adjustments due to my scoliosis, eliminated the front and back facings and fully lined the upper portion of the dress as well as a full skirt lining.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I would sew this pattern again and would probably make a combination version using the dress from View D with View A sleeves.
Conclusion: A quick dress to construct that can be used as a formal or casual look depending on your fabric choice.
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