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New Look 6022 – Orange Chrysanthemum Silk Twill Edition

2011 June 22
by elizabeth_admin

Are you wearing your sunglasses?  I hope so, because this dress is bright!

I finished up my second version of New Look 6022.  Remember the pattern envelope picture with the skeletal model?


Last night, as I was finishingthe armscyes, hemming the dress and giving it a final press, I had worries that I had entered into muu muu territory with the large floral motif and unfitted shape of the dress.  I even posted on facebook that I might be wearing a muu muu and thank goodness I only live a block away from work, so I could change mid-day if I needed to do so.   But the verdict is in: everyone loves my dress!  I’m so relieved and happy.  There was no finger pointing or laughing at all (at least within my earshot). 

Here are some detail pictures of my dress. 

on the hanger

CB seam with turned under and stitched seam allowances

1/2 inch single fold bias tape finishing of armscye

elastic on the back+ silk twill = becky homecky

seam binding on raw edge with hand sewn hem



my "double wide" french side seams


Now that I am feeling more confident about this dress, I can consider making another.  A TNT in the making?  We’ll see… 

 I love this sleeveless version — it’s perfect to pair with a cardigan which is how I am wearing it today.  I will definitely change out the elastic on the back for a short half belt.  This dress is super comfortable to wear and I feel chic to boot.  A win-win situation if ever there was one!

And now for the money shots…  😉  


I’m not sure why that last picture is so crappy.  I used the same exact settings on all the photos this morning.  My POS camera sometimes just craps out.  I think it’s time to invest some time learning how to use the fancy camera that my parents gave me when Jack was born.  I’m so intimidated by the learning curve though.  But, heck, if I can learn to sew, I can learn how to use a fancy schmancy digital camera, right?  Please say right!

Next up is a sweet little batik toddler dress for my little niecy Haley.

Happy sewing everyone!  🙂

30 Responses leave one →
  1. Meg permalink
    June 22, 2011

    So cute! I think you could have skipped the elastic in the back, but that’s just me. This dress is perfect for our muggy summers, though it’s been pretty nice so far…

  2. visitor permalink
    June 22, 2011

    Is part of the hem dipping in the back, or is that the photo? As I said yesterday, I like that style.

  3. Holle permalink
    June 22, 2011

    I love the color! I don’t think it’s too bright at all. As a matter of fact, it fits right in with the trend this season. And, the dress looks great on you!

  4. June 22, 2011

    It looks great! Although I agree, the back elastic is not quite classy enough for your fabulous fabric. It makes a great, summery sheath though.

  5. June 22, 2011

    Gorgeous dress! Love the print. You must have quite a collection of beautiful dresses by now.

  6. June 22, 2011

    Super cute! I love the pattern placement. Could you just take a little rectangle of inch-wide or 3/4 inch-wide elastic, cover in with the silk twill fabric, and sew it to the outside to cover up the zig-zagging?

    Love this pattern. I’m working on a blouse version of it myself.

  7. June 22, 2011

    Lovely dress.

  8. June 22, 2011

    I love, love, love your dress. I really like the color and it looks great on you!

  9. Mercy permalink
    June 22, 2011

    It is lovely! The pattern, the fit and the fabric. The colour/s suit your colouring as well, good choice.

  10. June 22, 2011

    Definitely not a Mumu. It is super cute. I could kick myself for not buying that fabric when FMF had it.

  11. Renee permalink
    June 22, 2011

    Such a lovely dress. That fabric is stunning.

  12. June 22, 2011

    The dress is gorgeous. Nothing at all like a muu muu!

  13. June 22, 2011

    I love the orange print it looks great against your skin tone and lovely dark hair. I really like this dress.

  14. June 22, 2011

    It looks lovely!

  15. June 22, 2011

    perfect summer dress!!!

  16. June 22, 2011

    Beautiful construction.
    Well done!
    (I want one)

  17. June 22, 2011

    Awesome fabric and a nice simple style to show it off. I’ve taken to wearing vintage chain belts with this style of dress. My boho chic look!

  18. June 22, 2011

    You lookin’ good mama! *LOL* Seriously this is one good looking dress!

  19. June 23, 2011

    Love it! That looks so good on you.

  20. Marie-Christine permalink
    June 23, 2011

    See, it did turn out fabulous :-). Great print, great color, great for summer.
    I think you could easily improve the elastic in the back though. How about a small square casing inside, with the sides of the elastic caught into the sides of the box? Much less home-eecky :-).

  21. Auntie Allyn permalink
    June 23, 2011

    I had no idea that THIS DRESS was what you were referring to as a muu muu . . . I would never refer to this as a muu muu! It’s so stylish, more fitted than most muu muus (some muu muus were fitted very close to the body, especially for older women who danced the hula). Your construction is terrific and I think this looks fantastic on you!

  22. June 23, 2011

    Love it! makes such great use of the fabulous large print. It is just the right fit for summer–not clingy but definitely not a muu muu.

  23. June 23, 2011

    This is definitely NOT a muu muu!
    I just did the elastic at the back waist on a dress too! I needed the dress wide enough to get on, but there was some bagginess at the center back. My fabric is much more colourful/printed than yours though, although I don’t think your’s looks bad at all! I like the fact I don’t need to wear a belt and that it’s forgiving of my ever changing shape. I plan to do this on other dresses too–I like it much better than making long ties that always remind me of maternity dresses!
    If I were you, I’d leave the elastic, but maybe you could make some sort of button tab mini belt design feature to go over it. I really like your dress now that it’s done, I wish New Look patterns came just a little bit bigger in the chest!

  24. Lipstick Jane permalink
    June 23, 2011

    It is absolutely lovely. Not a muu muu in sight.

    Where did you learn how to finish the armscye? I am guessing from the photo you sew the binding to the raw edge then fold under once & stitch it to the body of the garment? Did you notch/clip the opening after you attached the binding? It is perfect.

  25. November 26, 2011

    They used this fabric in the movie The Muppets!

    • November 26, 2011

      It’s the blouse the woman is wearing in the photo.

      • Leanne permalink
        February 17, 2013

        Oh gosh! I have soooo many yards of this fabric and I love the dress here AND the shirt in the muppet link! Sweet!

  26. Nancy permalink
    March 14, 2012

    I’m curious… what is a half-belt?

    The dress is great looking and your technical work is impressive.

  27. Leanne permalink
    February 17, 2013

    Well done on the dress (I know, I’m a little late to the game but Peter brought me here to spy your sewing area).

    I’ve had this fabric for quite some time now and I love your pattern placement. Thank you!

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