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?