Sunday, August 22, 2010

New Look 6910- A Whole New Look

After my success with NL 6910, View D, I decided to take advantage of such a good experience with a pattern, and make View B, the slim skirted version with scooped neck and sleeves.
I can't say that I'm as pleased as I was with the first version, but it will do. Adding sleeves definitely changed the fit of the bodice a little bit. And although I do like the scooped neck, which is the perfect depth for work and/or church, it is a little bit wide for my taste. I have to push my bra straps all the way out to my shoulder to hide them.

You can see in the side view above, and in the rear view below, that there is something off about the fit in the back. This dress uses the exact same back bodice pattern pieces as the first dress, so I can only conclude that the problem is with the skirt, or at least how the skirt is joined to the bodice. I feel like I need to take out some length at the waist seam.

I used denim for this dress- the same fabric that I used last year to make Burda 01-2009-132. Except this time, I used the wrong side of the fabric. It's a deep magenta with a subtle sheen to it.

You can see the wrong side of the fabric here, as well as the purple leopard print cotton I used to line the bodice.

The bodice and sleeves are fully lined, the skirt seams are serged. I used an invisible zipper to close the back, and I still need to add a hook and eye to the top.

Once again the bodice is a size 14 through the shoulders and neck, and a 16 from the underarm down. I cut the size 16 skirt at the waist and tapered out to an 18 at the hip. I have plenty of room, but if I make this again, I will add a tiny bit to the back of the skirt to make sure the side seams are straight. I find I need a little bit extra to go around my caboose.
I also found this dress to be quite short- much shorter than the full skirt version. I had to add 2.25" to the length of the skirt, and even then I ended up turning up a scanty 5/8" hem. I definitely recommend checking the length before cutting!
I did not have enough denim left to make a belt, so I will be on the lookout for a RTW belt to accessorize this dress. Although, after looking at the pictures, I think I could wear it without a belt.

In other sewing news, I have finally finished the first piece of my Sew-As-You-Go project. Stay tuned for a review of McCalls 5590. In the meantime, happy sewing!


Shannon said...

You look mah-velous darling!

I love the purple!

gwensews said...

Pretty dress. We are always hard on ourselves, and knit-pick about things that others would never notice. It looks very nice on you.