Thursday, June 3, 2010

New Look 6778

Pattern Description: Easy *2 Hour A-line sundress, view A and B have front yoke and gathers, view C and D have a gathered front and optional accents. Two lengths with side ties and 4 strap options

Pattern Sizing: 6 thru 16. I cut view A in size 16 and added to the waist and hips, as this pattern does not come in a plus size.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Somewhat, I added a drawstring to keep it from looking like 'what you got hiding under there?'

Were the instructions easy to follow? Well, I didn't read them. Sorry but it is a pretty basic pattern, other than the gathers in the front.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
 Nothing to dislike. What I like is it was fast and easy. I cut it out on Thursday and sewed it up after work on a Friday to wear to a Luau party on Saturday. The drawstring added more time to my sewing than the envelope stated but in the end the results were worth the extra effort.

Fabric Used: I really wanted a festive and colorful fabric but this being a last minute project I did not have the time to order fabric. A woven rayon faux batik in browns from the local JoAnn's, it's not the festive and colorful fabric I wanted to use but I am sure will get lots of wear out of. It has nice drape and is very cool for hot summers.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I omitted the side ties. When cutting out the pattern I cut a size 16 for the front yoke and yoke facing. For the front I added a one inch to the center front at the fold (this added more gathers to the center front so I would not need a FBA) and graded out one inch on the sides starting just under the bust to the waist and hips. For the center back I cut on the fold instead of having a center seam, I also added 1 to the back sides starting just under the bust out to the waist and hips. I gathered and stitched the front to the front yoke then sewed the sides together. Found out where the straps should be and basted them in place. Then sewed the facing of self fabric to the front yoke right sides together. I made a back facing in self fabric and stitched that right sides together. (both facings are finished on the bottom edge with my serger before sewing to the dress) I did not turn the facings right side out yet, I made bias tape from self fabric and stitched this starting ontop of the front facing and under the arm until I reached the back facing, then did the same to the other underarm - this way when the facing is turned right sideout is will hide the beginning of the bias that is finishing off the under arm ~ is that clear as mud??

Maybe a picture would help:
Turned it right sideout and pressed, top stitched the facings down about 1/4 inch from edge starting at the right underarm and continuing all the way around and back to the starting point. Hand stitched the bottom of the front facing. I added a casing for the drawstring on the inside of the dress and used button holes for the draw string.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I will be sewing this again. I have a trip to New Orleans coming up and would like to make another one to take with me.

Conclusion: Cute easy dress, but might look a bit like tent without the drawsting. Quick easy and cool for the hot Florida summers. With a summer cardigan it will fit right into my office attire.

I am my own worst critic!!! My husband snapped photos as we were heading out the door to the luau. Out of 10 photos this is the only one I would post due to the unlady like faces and robot like poses.


  1. You are Beautiful and very Sexy!
    You wear it well my dear, have a ooo wow,Luau !

  2. Well, look at you! Whoo-hoo! That's one striking lady!

  3. Super cute dress! You look great! Going to see if I can find this pattern and make one.

    I lol at ur comment about facial expressions and robot like poses. My 17 yo daughter takes my pics and 9 times out of 10 she says, "Awkward. Do something else" or "Mooom, fix your face." Lol


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