New Look 6413- A subdued 80’s Vibe Dress

I made this dress back in October. I wanted to make a dress that I could wear to work. I used a crepe de chine fabric that I bought from I really like the print of the fabric and felt that it would go well with this style of dress. The print kind of reminds me of an 80’s style dress with it’s geometrical patterns except not as loud. No neon colors in this 80’s vibe print, so it’s a more subdued 80’s vibe.

There are 4 views and a belt pattern included in this pattern. There are 2 options for sleeves- short and elbow length dolman sleeves. There are also options to make pants, a short dress or a midi dress. The pants option is a jumpsuit. I decided to sew up view D which I chose because of the sleeves and length of the dress.

I decided not to sew in the zipper since it’s not really needed anyway for the dress. I took the front piece, folded on the line and took into account the 5/8 seam line on each side. I also took that into account for the front facing piece which is also part of the zipper. My calculations were not perfect (and also not correct), so the V neck was not a perfect V shape. Somehow it worked out. Another sewing lesson learned.

I also sewed in the pockets, but somehow when I put the elastic into the waist, the pockets stuck out. I think it’s because the pockets are aligned with the waist where the elastic sits? Or maybe and most likely, I didn’t sew them in correctly. I tried to figure out how to tack down the pockets, but nothing worked so I ended up removing the pockets… What’s a dress without pockets!?!

Overall, with all of it’s flaws, this dress turned out pretty well and most importantly, still wearable. In fact, I wore it a few times already (mostly to work). It’s very comfortable. I really like the print. I like the sleeves. I like the 80’s vibe. If I make another dress from this pattern, I hope that I’ve learned my lessons from the mistakes that I’ve made so that I can have a smoother V neck and most importantly, pockets! I might consider making the pants jumpsuit. I’m not very good at invisible zippers yet, so I might wait until I’ve mastered that.

Practice makes (almost) perfect! Happy Sewing!


New Look 6525

One of my New Year’s resolution is to sew more clothes. The new year started off right because I sewed another dress! I started this project during the winter break. It started out as a dress for my daughter, but actually ended up being a shirt.

We were in Joann’s and she saw this pattern and asked me to make her this dress:

New Look dress, so hip

She asked me to make View D (the one the model on the envelope is wearing). She picked out a black knit fabric. It had speckles of white in it. It kind of looked like splatters of white paint. It was the perfect fabric for her dress.

Sewing this pattern started a little rough since it was my first time sewing with knit fabric. I had a little bit of difficulty cutting out the pattern pieces. There was so much stretch in the fabric, I had to make sure that it didn’t stretch out too much before cutting it. I just let it sit for a little bit before pinning the fabric to the pattern and then cutting it out. Luckily, it all turned out well and I was able to start sewing. Sewing the dress together was not as difficult as I thought it would be. Mostly because I finally purchased a walking foot and what a difference it made!

The cowl neck was easy to sew. The sleeves were also easy. I was happy with how everything was turning out until I got to the gathering at the bottom of the skirt. I tried gathering it the old fashioned way but I wasn’t having any luck. I was having difficulty because of the stretchy knit material for some reason. After that, I remembered that I have a gathering foot so I set out to use that. I have used it before without a problem, but this time around, I ran into a lot of problems. For one thing, it wasn’t working properly. So I spent a lot of time trying to fix the gathering foot. Eventually I gave up and decided just to sew the bottom without gathers. That didn’t work out too well either. So I told Sabrina she would have to settle for a long sleeved cowl shirt. She liked it. I even made made her a matching scrunchy for her hair. I was able to finish this project before she left to go back to London. But I promised her that I would make her a dress, just without gathers.

I used the same material and it turned out great. I pretty much sewed View B but with the tight sleeves not the bell sleeves.

Here’s how it turned out:

I did a test run of this dress and wore it to work. I was surprised to receive a lot of compliments on it, even from strangers. My friends were surprised that I sewed it. I guess I did a good job on this homemade dress.

I hope Sabrina likes it too. I’ll just have to wear it a few times first (wink, wink).

Today I am grateful for pretty dresses, creativity, sewing, compliments from strangers in the elevator and homemade dresses that pass off as store bought dresses.


McCalls’s M7120

I picked the McCall’s M7120 dress pattern for my summer sewing project collection. I picked this pattern because it is designed for beginners. It’s a pattern that is really easy to put together and the instructions are easy to follow.

There is no zipper since it’s a pullover dress. It also teaches you how to sew darts and make a fabric belt.  This dress has a semi fitted ease. The pattern is designed for medium weight woven fabrics such as linen, chambray, cotton blends and crepe de chine.

I picked view D. View D has a high-low skirt which I am not really fond of but figured it would be a good lesson in sewing. I used a lightweight chambray. It was my first time sewing chambray fabric and I realized very soon that it’s an easy fabric to sew. I opted to not make the fabric belt. Here’s how it turned out:

I ironed the dress a couple times with steam but it still came out pretty wrinkly. I guess the fabric itself wrinkles easily.

I figure wrinkled dresses are part of my style anyway. This is a great dress to wear for Spring or Summer.

I can’t wait to wear my new dress!