Monday, June 6, 2011

New Look 6723- Bring on the Flamingos!

Say hello to New Look 6723, made up in 100% cotton covered in pink flamingos:
I made view B, the sleeveless, boat neck view. This was one of the easiest patterns I've ever used. This dress goes together like a dream, and the only adjustment I made to the pattern was a 1/2" princess seam FBA. I didn't even add any length, and that almost never happens.


I didn't even use the instructions. I've made enough dresses to kind of know what I'm doing, and this is a very simple design. I think the pattern called for a regular zipper, but I used an invisible one.


I cut a 14 through the shoulders and a 16 from the bust on down. Because the skirt is full, I didn't have to go up a size at the hip. And speaking of skirts, I love this one. It's an A-line with a curved waist. What this means is that even though it's gathered to the bodice, it's not too full and/or bulky at the waist. It's a full skirt that doesn't make me feel like a parade float.


The bodice is lined edge to edge with coral broadcloth. I love this lining technique, which finishes the neck and shoulders at one time. It looks very nice, too.


I decided to finish the hem with bias tape. It was easy, and I thought it might give the hem just a tiny bit more "oomph." (I just adore those flamingos!)


I love the dress, but it definitely needs a belt. I bought a narrow, pink one, but I didn't like it with the fabric. I think a narrow, black patent belt would be perfect. Any suggestions on where to find one online? I might even try making something out of black ribbon.

I just love this dress. It's so simple to make and it's got great retro flair. I'm already planning my next version using a large scale Asian print I've been hoarding.

One tiny word of caution: the boat neck on this is rather high. I like it and did not make any adjustments, but others might find it too high for their taste. It would be very easy to just scoop a little bit out to lower it. I recommend a muslin to see if you like it or need to adjust it.

In other sewing news, I have Butterick 5464 under construction and getting close to being finished. I'm falling out of love with the fabric and this version may end up being a muslin. We'll have to wait and see.

I'm also expecting my Vogue patterns to arrive any day now, and I just ordered some knit fabric, which should arrive this week. Stay tuned for more knit dresses!


I hope your sewing is going well!

15 comments:

Karin said...

Love the whimsey of the flamingoes! Your dress may be simple, but the fit is spot on, and the fit is very flattering on you.

Linda said...

Really like this dress! Cute fabric.

kbenco said...

What a fabulous fit. The flamingos are extremely appealing.

sewing spots said...

What a cute summer dress! Great fit! I love the lining, too.

Sorry, I don't have any advice on where to buy a belt :( Good luck finding one.

Mommyof2girlz said...

The fabric is too cute and love the high neckline on you, another great dress!

Kathy said...

don't you just love it when everything just goes together . Great dress!!!

KID, MD said...

I LOVE this dress!! So cute and fun. The fit is excellent. Nice work!

Audrey said...

Beautiful dress. The fit is perfect and the print is fun. It looks like a pattern from far away and then you get close and see the flamingos! It makes me smile.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

It is lovely! If I may can I suggest the ribbon belt...I think it would work so well with your flamingo fabric!!!

gwensews said...

What a cute dress! I love pink Flamingos.

Kyle said...

GREAT dress!! Rock it!!

Maria (viola33) said...

A lovely dress! I love these flamingoes and the colour fits your skin colour perfectly. Re. the belt, I think the narrow pink one would be my first choice but since you don't like it then a narrow black belt would be nice.

Rose said...

I love the flamingos! You wear them well!! I vote for the ribbon belt.

MushyWear said...

This is such a neat dress and fits you like a dream!

Sheila said...

Such a fun and pretty dress. Really like the shaping and Carolyn's idea is a good one.