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New Look 6184-Navy Blue and Palm Frond

New Look 6184 was the first pattern I ever purchased back in 2015 when I first started sewing. I bought a black cotton fabric (which was actually a quilting fabric but I didn’t know that at the time) and I watched Professor Pincushion on YouTube to learn how to follow a pattern and sew a dress. The dress actually ended up wearable and I wore it to work. I wish I saved that dress (for nostalgic purposes) but I ended cutting it up since I didn’t plan on ever wearing it again. I later used the fabric to make masks. I made that first dress using quilting fabric and although it’s fine sewing dresses with quilting fabric, it’s not my preference. I didn’t know much about apparel fabric back then. What’s interesting is that this dress has darts and a zipper in the back. For a beginner, that’s a pretty good start. Now I avoid zippers only because I don’t like sewing them in, so I felt this pattern would be good practice since I was already familiar with it. I want to start sewing up dresses with zippers again.

This pattern make was on my list for my 2021 sewing plans. That plan started off as a February plan, but I felt that I was being too ambitious.

New Look 6184 is described as a sleeveless dress with a pleated neckline. It has a back zipper, waistline seam and can be made with a flared skirt in two lengths or a knee length pencil skirt with a back vent. There are belt options included.

I chose View E, which is the style the model is wearing but minus the belt. I chose a shirting fabric in navy blue and camo green with palm fronds all over it. It has a very tropical feel and has a Tiki look to it. I chose a camo green thread and it matched perfectly even though there is a lot of navy color in the dress.

I made my usual adjustment of cutting off 1 inch from the bodice. I didn’t do a narrow shoulder adjustment on this one, but I usually do for about 1/2 an inch. The pleats at the neckline and the waist darts were easy to do. It reminded me of my first time making this dress so it was kind of fun. I remember not having such a hard time with the back vent at the skirt, but this time around, I had to read the directions over and over in order to make sure I do it correctly. It ended up looking great.

The thing I was most nervous about was the zipper installation. I avoided zippers before only because I don’t like installing them. To me, it’s very difficult due to lack of practice. Over the summer last year, one of my first makes of the lockdown was a short jumper with an invisible zipper and I totally messed that up. Big time. I think I was still a little traumatized from that. This zipper was not an invisible zipper, but a regular zipper. I took my time with it and it ended up looking great, too!

It’s not perfect, but I’m happy with it

After I was done, I put on my dress and there was a bunch of fabric at the back. I thought I was being proactive by shortening the bodice by 1 inch to prevent that, but there was still a lot of fabric bunched up. It was mostly at my upper back and neck. I installed 2 neck darts to fix that and it worked well to fix the problem.

I didn’t even know neck darts existed until now…

And here’s my dress!

At the tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki room…

Can’t wait to wear it! Happy sewing!

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McCall’s 7889: Button Hole Fail, Snaps for the Win.

I challenged myself to level up my sewing skills by sewing a button placket which of course, involves sewing a button hole. I chose McCall’s 7889 because the dress was motivating enough to make me try. McCall’s 7889-Learning to make a button placket. This was my second attempt at sewing button holes. The first attempt was a few years ago when I first started sewing so I figured I would gain some experience in my sewing skills before attempting again.

Well… sewing the button hole was a fail for me again. I watched a couple of YouTube videos on how to sew button holes specifically for my machine. I did a few practice runs which were successful. But when it came to sewing the button holes on the actual dress, it was a fail. I tried the top button hole and the fabric wouldn’t move. I’m wondering if it’s because I had two interfaced fabrics to sew through? Maybe I could have made some adjustments on the tension? I also thought maybe the top part was blocking the fabric from moving. So I decided to try the 2nd button hole down. It was a 75% success. That’s because only 75% of the button hole was stitched. The first part of the button hole didn’t get stitched, so I tried to start the process over and was semi successful. It wasn’t perfect, but I thought it could work. Then I used my seam ripper to make the slit on the inside of the stitching and that was a disaster.

What a mess…

I was about to throw the dress into my “time out basket” (where unfinished, unsuccessful projects to be attempted later end up). But I really wanted to finish my project. So I used pearl snaps instead of buttons.

I top stitched instead of slip stitched.

It was a success! And I have to say, I really like the way it looks.

The finished product

There is a lot of ease in the waist but that’s ok, because it looks great with a belt. I forgot to shorten the waist (I’m short waisted) but that’s ok too. The arm holes are too big. I had read this on other reviews but decided to sew the pattern as it is. If I make this dress again, I will adjust the arm holes so that they are not so long and will also shorten the waist by 1 inch (my usual adjustment).

I hope that someday I will be able to sew a button hole. Incidentally, today I found a small box full of cute buttons that I had saved throughout the years that were taken from old clothing, etc. It kind of made me happy because I thought I gave it to Goodwill or something. Now that I know how to sew, I can use them someday.

Until then, happy sewing!

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Hi, I’m a sewing pattern addict …

I went to Joann recently to get some buttons. I didn’t get any buttons but I saw that they had McCall’s and Butterick patterns on sale for $1.99. I missed the last sale because I’m a lazy pandemic shopper, but scored today for my procrastination!

There weren’t many patterns left in the drawers because I think they’re trying to clear out the older patterns to make way for the Spring collections, but I managed to get a few that I’m really excited about. I also got to pick a free item with my purchase. I chose a cute, foxy reusable shopping bag.

I recently purchased 15 McCall’s patterns from their website in early January. They were on sale for $3.99. I didn’t mind spending that much since I didn’t know when the next Joann pattern sale would be (it happened that there was a sale the following week). Also, I’m a lazy pandemic shopper and it’s easier to click and have it delivered rather than look through the big catalog on the table and open all the drawers in hopes that my desired pattern and size is in there.

My pattern haul from the website

Now I need to buy a bigger bin for my patterns. There goes my New Year’s resolution to use up my fabric and pattern stash before buying a new stash!

Do what makes you happy ❤