Monday, October 27, 2014

New Look 6071, Part 2: the modesty panel and the rest of the dress

So yes, I made two turquoise dresses in a row!

First was NL 6071, which I never finished blogging about.  I wrote part 1 here about the back of the dress here.  Then I made that S1314 quilted dressed which I blogged about in a few posts, the last of which is here.

So today I'd like to finish blogging about NL 6071.  I made it all in a 14.  Next time I will go back to making the back in a 14 and the front in a 12.  It is just a little big in the front, methinks.

I made a detachable modesty panel for it.  Two, in fact.  The first one felt a tad too low when I sit down at work.  So I made this one recently and sewed the snaps on it last night.  I am loving the idea of the modesty panel instead of a half-cami.  Less bulk....and bulk is definitely noticeable with light colors like turquoise.

These super-small, super-adorable square snaps are from Daytona Trimming in NYC.  They're right next to the register and they don't seem to have them in any other size except super-small.  I first saw them during PR weekend 2012 and they have been lingering in the back of my brain ever since, but part of me was like, when am I ever going to use snaps that tiny?

I bought them during MPB Day with Tomasa this past August and she succumbed to their charms and bought a pack too.  (Have you seen her nascent blog btw?  She has taken classes at FIT and is sharing oodles of construction info--check out her awesome black and white gingham shirt too!)

Still I was thinking, when am I ever going to use snaps that small?

For a detachable modesty panel, of course.
Tiny square snaps

New Look 6071
Here's what the inside looked like with the first modesty panel snaps sewn in.
Perfect with one of my favorite necklaces, a turquoise & silver turtle.
My coworker and I tried for fall color, but this was the best tree we could find.

Of note, the turquoise ponte knits were not the same ponte knits.  Both were from my November 2013 trip to San Diego and LA.   The quilted dress ponte was from Michael Levine Loft, and was actually on a roll where I cut off a length of it myself.  The ponte knit for the crossover dress was from the San Diego Swap Meet, where the fabric is in heaps on the ground, and you pick out the piece that you want for $2 a yard.  This was the sticker on the piece I chose
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Also you can see my new system for labeling fabrics--a post it that I then pin on to the fabric, with fabric source, if I've washed and dried it, and the 4" sample square I washed and dried for shrinkage.    I wash my pontes in the washer but I only dry them in the dryer once--as a shrinkage test when it's just fabric and also just in case the final garment ever accidentally gets thrown in the dryer. Then I air dry the final garment with each washing...unless it accidentally hits the dryer.
New Look 6071
The bindings inside
New Look 6071
The twin needle stitching on the hem.
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Serged inside with my old serger
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On my dressform
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The tag inside, handstitched by me.
New Look 6071
With a cardi
New Look 6071
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New Look 6071
Front, with the lower modesty panel.  Those last few pix were taken over a month ago, in mid-Sept.
My flower farmer said last Thursday that it would be his last week at the PFM for this year.  I snagged these dahlias.  So pretty and delicate!  I know I slacked on taking flower pix this summer.  I endeavor to do better next summer!

Be well!


  1. I love this turquoise dress. I especially like the modesty panel idea. It looks so much more finished that using a cami that would add more bulk to the wear. Excellent project.

  2. Argh! I have got to learn how you do that binding!! I love this way to finish a knit and really want to know how it's done.

    Thanks for tip on the tiny snaps. I think I have a few that I picked up from a thrift store and now I know what to do with them.

    Love the dress and the flowers!

  3. Your dress is beautiful and thanks for sharing the info about the modesty panel. It's a great idea and one that I can certainly put to use since I have the same snaps :)

    By the way, the construction is superb. It looks very clean and professional.

    Thanks for plugging in my blog…greatly appreciate it!

  4. You never know when you'll need square snaps...I think that sums up my stash.

  5. This is so great! Turquoise is apparently your color! :)

  6. #swoon. This is a great dress Kyle.

  7. You created an absolutely adorable dress! I love the addition of the detachable modesty panel, and the way it decreases added bulk. I think the fit is nice, and the color is spectacular on you.

  8. I just love this dress, it looks wonderful on you. Great idea with the modesty panel.


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