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Pattern Review: New Look 6016

2011 July 2
by elizabeth_admin

Pattern Description: Toddlers’ five sizes in one: Knit shirt, leggings, jumper with various embellishments, and purse.  I made view E, the jumper.

Pattern Sizing: 1/2 -4.  I used size 3 and it seems pretty spot on.  I won’t know though, until I see the jumper on my niece Haley.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, besides the obviously different fabric choices.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes!!! This pattern is great for beginners and advanced sewists alike.  The clothes are simple, so it’s easy to embellish.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

LIKES:

  • Easy pattern to sew
  • The circular yoke is a really pretty feature and gives this dress a little oomph
  • Great pattern to embellish or not

DISLIKES:

  • NONE!

Fabric used: A cotton batik bought from Vogue Fabrics Downtown from  PR Weekend in Chicago this year.

Pattern changes or any design changes made: None really, except to use only one line of ribbon instead of three.

Any problems encountered during the sewing of this pattern? Well, if you consider ripping beyond the buttonhole and being unable to repair it satisfactorily a problem, then yes.  At first I thought I would try to cover it up with trim, but the location of the buttonhole (on the circular yoke) was too strange a place to add random trim.  So, I just bit the bullet and cut another back yoke and replaced the first back yoke.  All in an evening’s work, I guess. I can vouch for Miriam in KS’s suggestion for folding the buttonhole in half and using your seam ripper from edge of the buttonhole to the middle.  Works like a charm!

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Would you sew it again or recommend it to others? YES!!!  I will definitely make it again and I definitely do recommend it to anyone, no matter their skill level.

Conclusion: Great toddler dress.  Super easy to sew up (barring buttonhole catastrophes).  Embellishments take it to the next level and give it a boutiquey feel.

Here are some more pics of the finished dress and interior construction.  I figured out that to sew my SEWN tag into children’s clothes, it’s best to sew it on with a zigzag stitch so the tag isn’t itchy against their skin.

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Et voilá!  Happy sewing everyone!

9 Responses leave one →
  1. July 2, 2011

    Adorable. Love the fabric, the blue is so fresh. I want to sew a dress for my little girl, who will turn five in a couple of days, so I better start sewing!

  2. July 2, 2011

    Very pretty! The batik was a great choice and the new button hole looks great.

  3. Renee permalink
    July 2, 2011

    Very pretty dress! I think I’d like to get this pattern for my younger daughter. I also love how your labels look in the garments. It adds a lot of class, I think.

  4. July 2, 2011

    What a great dress! She will look amazing in it!!

  5. July 2, 2011

    Very cute, and the replaced yoke and buttonholes look perfect!

  6. MaryEllen permalink
    July 2, 2011

    You are so lucky to have little girls to sew for. If you search for Olabelhe you will find the website of the prettiest little girl dress patterns available. Sorrry for not providing a link. I haven’t mastered that trick yet.

  7. July 2, 2011

    That is really cute, I love the fabric with that pattern.

  8. July 2, 2011

    That dress is totally adorable.

  9. July 5, 2011

    I love that fabric, and the dress turned out great!

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