I Spy a Floral Print!

Pattern Review: New Look 6301


I am addicted to floral prints! I would say a good 85% of my stash is made up of floral print fabrics. Following on from my last two garments (blogged here and here) I decided to stick with the current  floral theme and sewed up this New Look mock wrap dress


My sewing group are currently running a Summer garment sew-a-long and I thought that a this floral fabric would fit the bill. I did sew it knowing that Autumn/Winter time this will be paired with a cardigan, tights and boots so I am really classing it as a transitional item :-)

I cut a size 14 for this dress. For the top of front bodice pieces (i.e. the cleavage) I cut the size 18 lines as I knew that I would want a little extra coverage. This worked perfectly and means it is work appropriate without a camisole underneath - win! 


I changed the construction process slightly for the bodice. I attached the front to the back at the shoulders first so that I could fit and remove some excess (1") from the top of the centre back. My only other alterations were to remove 5" from the length of the skirt and I omitted the waist elastic. These last two alterations are simply personal preference and nothing to do with the fit. 


The fabric is a matte jersey purchased from a Daslton Market during a fabric shop with my sewing group at the end of November. I am pretty sure that I paid £2 per metre for this fabric (and definitely no more than £3!) 

There are some nice details in this pattern and I feel it is well thought out. I like the armhole and neckline bands to prevent gaping. I am a fan of the stay tape on the shoulders too. I know that the waist elastic is also there so that the dress holds its shape. When I make this again - which I definitely will! - I will lengthen the waist ties. For me they are a tiny bit short for my liking.



I used double stitched seams, overlocked stitched the waist seam and I left the skirt hem raw. This is a first for me (and if I am honest still feels a bit weird) but I actually like the way it looks. It means that nothing interrupts the soft drape of the jersey which is great. If I find it too upsetting then it will be no problem to hem it.

You can view my pattern review here.

Stay tuned for more floral prints (I might have a floral skirt currently on the sewing table...)
Anyone else's fabric having a theme at the moment? 

Happy Sewing!




Comments

  1. Your dress is beautiful and you look super in it!

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  2. This print looks nice on you. Love the fit!

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  3. Your dress looks great! My fabric shopping has definitely had a theme lately - linen! For me nothing says 'summer' more than that :)

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  4. This is just GORGEOUS and I love the pretty print. Fabulous!

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  5. This dress is seriously cute, I like it. Beautiful fabric.
    I am curious about what you said about closing shoulder seams and the fitting and removing an inch? I wonder if the back neck was gaping, or was it just too high?
    I very much want to get better at spotting fitting issues in my own sewing and it helps to see the issues on other people's projects.
    Enjoy wearing the dress!

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