New Look 6525- a dress with a cowl neck

I made New Look 6525 recently. It’s my 5th time using this pattern. The first time I used this pattern was to make a dress for my daughter. New Look 6525. I also made her a top using this pattern. I used this pattern again to make a top for myself. It was supposed to be a dress but I had difficulty attaching the gathers at the bottom. A good thing that came out of that sewing project was that I learned how to gather using a serger. What a difference! I made a top using this pattern at the beginning of this year as well. New Look 6525- A comfy at home top

This is a swing dress with a cowl neck and cuffed, gathered long sleeves. I used an ITY knit and it was my first time sewing with this type of fabric. I like the feel of it. It’s very soft but I must admit it’s difficult to sew with. Sewing with a serger helped alot but it was still pretty slippery. I had the most difficulty with the cowl neck.

I like the way it turned out.

I like the look of the gathered, cuffed sleeves. They were fun to sew together too.

Happy Sewing!

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New Look 6525- Black and white plaid top

I made New Look 6525 a few months ago. I was excited to give this pattern another try and this time, to make a dress for myself. I made a dress and a top for my daughter using this pattern a couple years ago. New Look 6525

I had some fabric in my stash that I bought to use with another dress pattern. I bought it a few years ago so it’s been in my stash for many years. I finally decided to use it for this dress instead. It’s a double knit fabric. I had a little difficulty making the gathers for the skirt and with this project, I learned that I could make gathers using my serger. What a game changer! I had difficulty attaching the gathers to the bottom of the skirt as directed so I ended up making the dress into a top.

Plaids don’t match but that’s ok 🙂

I actually like it as a top. It’s really comfortable. Plus I think I’m more likely to wear it as a top than as a dress.

Happy Sewing!


Another Simplicity 1693- My TNT pattern

I made another Simplicity 1693. This might be one of my TNT patterns. Tried and True. I made about 4 tank tops using this pattern in 2016. I recently made a short sleeved blouse with this pattern and now I made a long sleeved blouse.

I used some leftover fabric that I had from making a dress recently. It is a silky type fabric that I bought from Joann’s for about $4 a yard since it was a doorbuster. It was a little difficult to sew with because it’s very slippery but I managed.

I think I like this pattern because it’s a good way to use your leftover fabric since it only calls for 1 yard for the tank tops or a little more than a yard for the sleeved blouses. I think I used about a yard and a half for this one since it has long sleeves.

I didn’t add the casing around the waist, although I wanted to, but I forgot to lengthen the bodice. I also did not follow the directions to use bias tape to hold the elastic at the end of the sleeves. I did it the good old fashioned way. But it was good to learn another way to hold elastic using bias tape. The casing around the waist also calls for using bias tape. I’ll use this technique next time.

I was happy that I was able to at least use my newly made bias tape for the collar. It even matched a little bit.

All yellow and matchy. Oops, the label stitching is a little messy…
My TNT pattern

Happy Sewing!