Sunday, August 15, 2010

New Look 6909: Addicted to Love

New Look 6069 view B/C hybrid
They're watching you...

So today was one of those "I'm totally entrenched in sewing" kinds of days--it's pretty much all I did the whole day. I started off with an easy pillowcase (maybe you'll see that later on in the week). Then I moved on to New Look 6909. I've been wanting to make this one since sometime last year. There won't be any sewing next weekend due to vacay, so today was THE day!

New Look 6069 view B/C hybrid
Just add red lipstick and a guitar, and I'm ready for Robert Palmer's Addicted to Love video

This fabric is a poly/rayon suiting from JoAnn's. It is really gorgeous AND feels
great. Awesome combo. though it looks kinda shiny in the photos.

What I loved about this pattern was the dress on the model, view C. However, I'm not really into bows and I've sworn off any kind of gathered sleeve (though the sleevecap is not actually gathered or pleated--it's the hem of the sleeve that has the pleat!). I also don't like having pockets at my hips, as I'm a pear--why draw attention there? I loved the tabs and sleeveless, pocketless look on view B. And hence my chimera 6909 view B/C was born.


New Look 6069
As Amanda S noted in her SPR review, there seems to be some additional ease in the front piece that creates a kind of poofy part around the front of the hips. I didn't fix that since I thought I need that ease. It is a little weird but honestly, who besides a sewist is going to notice?

New Look 6069 view B/C hybrid
I could have used a swayback adjustment, but I was feeling out of my league with the back darts there too...

New Look 6069 view B/C hybrid
I didn't put in the kick pleat--I didn't need it. I cut a 12 grading to 14 at the hip grading to 16 at the hem, but that was waayyy too odd a shape (I was going for more A line, less straight sheath, but it looked weird), so I probably wound up with a 12 grading to 14, but I really don't know. It may be due to that adjustment that I don't need the kick pleat.

This photo is showing, from top to bottom: back of dress where I graded from 12 to 16, side front of dress, then how I probably wound up with a 14 at the hip down by sewing a big seam allowance that I later cut off...
New Look 6069 view B/C


New Look 6069 view B/C hybrid


I was surprised at not needing a SBA. I actually prefer Simplicity 2473's directions for princess seaming. The New Look instructions seemed to leave out some steps, like staystitching and clipping the curve.

I used the bias armhole binding, but sewed it on differently than they recommend. I think I did it the Simplicity way, but I haven't checked those instructions to be certain.

I had an issue with the facings--the neck facing is supposed to be flush with the edge of the armhole, and then it gets basted to the armhole. I couldn't get it to lie nicely...so I basically cut down the facing and then tacked it to the seam allowance at the shoulder seam.

I love bias details...the tabs are cut on the bias:

New Look 6069 view B/C
Buttons are from Rag Shop's going out of business sale in, what was it, 2007? They were 90% off and I only had two of this size and style that matched, awesome!

The collar is cut on the bias too:
New Look 6069 view B/C

Since there's no bow, the collar stands up all the way across. It's just folded over but vaguely reminiscent of a cowl.

Why am I pretending like I don't have to go to work tomorrow? better get ready for bed!
Good night!!

14 comments:

  1. Lovely dress. I'm happy to see it made up as I have that pattern and am debating whether to make it or not. Love the collar. The dress looks great on you.

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  2. I love it! Will you make me one since I've spent my summer restoring old sewing machines instead of sewing? =)

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  3. What a classy looking dress. You did a great job. I have this pattern too after seeing Amanda's version. Yours is also very inspiring! Maybe I'll get brave and try it this winter.

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  4. Adorable on you! And you did a great job on all the style details.

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  5. That came out really cute! I love the demure little collar.

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  6. Hey! Nice job! Great fit! This dress style is fabulous, and the collar is very flattering.

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  7. Cute, cute, cute! That neckline looks retro, l960. It was all the rage. The dress looks fantastic on you.

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  8. Great dress!! This pattern is on my "to do" list for this year as well. I don't have it yet, but seeing your version inspires me to go out and finally get it!

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  9. OMG! You look wonderful in this dress. Great job!
    Angela

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  10. Wonderful dress! It's so Mad Men! 1965! You version is very chic!

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  11. Great dress! Love the tabs and the neckline! It looks fantastic on you! I should look into this pattern, too!

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  13. This is really cute on you! And I haven't heard mention of The Rag Shop in years...

    You should make this one again because it looks so good on you.

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  14. This dress is very becoming on you. just lovely.

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