Pattern Review: New Look 6067 or the $3300 dress
Pattern Description: Misses’ pleated dress in two lengths with sleeve and belt variations. I made view A which is the modeled version on the left.
Pattern sizing: 6-16. I made a straight 16 but shaved a little of the hip curve off.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? YES! YES! YES!!!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy to follow. I love Simplicity’s and New Look’s instructions. Very clear and good pictures.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- I loved the femininity of the silhouette. Not too girly. Just right.
- I loved that I didn’t have to do an FBA, so if you are a C cup or smaller, the bodice might be a little blousy on you.
- The ease on the sleeve cap was not excessive. I didn’t have any problems inserting the sleeves. Yay!
- LOVED the obi belt. It really makes the dress.
- The pattern has you add the bodice facings on top of the bodice lining. Strange. I’ve never seen that before. I think it adds unnecessary bulk to the neckline seam. Next time will draft the bodice lining to account for adding a facing.
Fabric used: A delicious silk/cotton print from Elliott Berman Textiles. I bought it at the first shopping day that Robin and I hosted in 2010. It was a dream to work with — didn’t slip around at all. It behaved like a cotton, but the silk gave it a gorgeous touch and feel sensation.
Pattern changes or design changes made:
- As I mentioned earlier, I took out some of the hip curve out since I have a rectangular shape.
- I added a skirt lining as the pattern only has a lined bodice.
- I took out the vent as the skirt had plenty of walking ease without it.
- I interfaced the neckline opening based on advice from Sheila and it worked great!
- I interfaced the zipper area.
Any new techniques learned during construction of this pattern? Yes, piping! I tried piping only once before when I made some home dec pillows. And either I didn’t have the right foot or just plain didn’t use it well, but that piping was horrendous. Absolutely horrendous. For the dress, I used the zipper foot that came with my Emerald 183 and it did a great job getting the needlesuper close to the piping. I do have one tip even though it’s kind of obvious… Sew slowly to ensure accuracy.
Which sewing machine(s) did you use for construction? Primarily I used my Singer Featherweight, but I did use my Emerald 183 for the piping and the zipper insertions. I also used my Brother 1034D serger to serge the SAs of the sleeves. And I did a whole lot of hand sewing for the hem, and attaching the lining to the zipper tape. I would say the ratio of use was 90% Singer Featherweight / 6% Emerald 183 / 1% Brother 1034D / 3% Hand sewing.
I loved using my Featherweight for constructing this dress. Just loved it. I will definitely be using this machine as my primary machine going forward.
Will you sew it again or recommend it to others? I will definitely sew it again and again. I think that with different fabrics and using different views of this pattern, no one will know it’s the same dress. I heartily recommend this pattern. It’s a flattering dress for many different figures.
Conclusion: This dress is just gorgeous if I do say so myself. It’s comfortable to wear yet feminine. I love the tulip shape of the skirt. The obi belt is one of my fave details. I felt beautiful all night wearing it. This is a great, versatile pattern. Go and buy it pronto!
And finally, why did I call it my $3300 dress? Well, I tallied up all the hours I spent making it and the total amount was 33 hours from cutting the fabric to hemming the dress. If I charged myself $100 per hour, I would have to pay myself $3300 to buy the dress. Now, I know that probably no one makes $100 per hour sewing for a living. That’s just an arbitrary rate I picked. But wouldn’t it be nice if someone valued my sewing that much? I would definitely work as a professional sewist for that kind of cash! Wouldn’t you?
Now for the pretty pictures…
I love my new dress!!! 🙂