February challenge? Polka Dot Frock Fest

Gosh, Twitter gets me into trouble, but in a fun way!  It looks as if I know what my February dress is going to be.  Following this week’s latest version of New Look 6000, enough chatter started about said pattern it seems a number of us have in our possession, that a group of crazy ladies have jumped in to the challenge to make a New Look 6000 in February.  We’re calling it Polka Dot Frock Fest & we could even call it “PolkaDotFrockFest in Feb” to make it really hard to say!  But it kind of follows on from the original Frock Fest in that it is a celebration of New Look 6000.

I’ve made a badge, but it’s rather crappy I have to say & I am struggling with getting it smaller – this is the code if you fancy nabbing it, but ideally I’d make it a bit smaller …

<a href=”http://scruffybadgertime.co.uk/search/label/nl6000″><img src=” http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/i374/Scruffybadgerti/Polkadotfrockfest_zpsaebfe6ba.jpeg “></a>

The other exciting part?  Yes, we’ll be making it in polka dots having been so inspired by so many existing polka dotted lovelies.  Anyone fancy joining in?  It would be heaps of fun & I can share yet more NL6000 love & grow my NL6000 Frock Fest gallery!

My commitment is that I shall make a polka dotted short sleeved version – but with those fancy waist pleats.  I already have some fabric (red polka dots) & it’ll be the ideal dress to make for an April wedding.  There, that’s a call to arms!  Who wants to join in?  (And great to have the decision made for my wedding outfit!)

Whether you do or don’t it should be fun to watch :-)

64 thoughts on “February challenge? Polka Dot Frock Fest

  1. Jo

    Aaarghh I saw you all on twitter about this and thought no, it doesn’t appeal – but but but… now I remember just how tempted I have been by this pattern, and that I have the exact right amount of both polka dot poplin AND matching lining sitting in my stash… and just because I intended it for a Darling Ranges dress doesn’t mean I can’t change my mind, does it?

    The terrible unused pattern stash guilt though… Must. Stop. Getting. Distracted. By. Yet. More. Fantastic. Ideas.

    So I think I’m in.

    Yay!

    Absolutely the version with gathers. On the fence about sleeves…

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Hurrah! Welcome to the challenge Jo. I must say that I really had other plans for my February dress sewing & it wasn’t this! But it is too tempting for me as well, & it just brings forward something I have to make anyway & with polka dots being the theme, the decision is made. Takes the stress out of a March dither/ decision & make for an April wedding!
      Glad to have you along for the fun!

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      1. Jo

        My only re-sew-lution this year was to follow the inspiration rather than the plan – so I’m basically obliged to do it :-) And how virtuous it’ll feel to have a dress ready for the wedding that far in advance!

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  2. Laurie and Kerrielee

    I have seen this pattern around and about the blogosphere and really like it… Now I have a reason to get it! This is a great challenge because again I am going to get to make something for myself. (My first challenge was Jungle January-) I love the collar, the longer sleeve, and the draped waist! So, I am in, and so is my Sew Exhausted counterpart- Kerrie… We just will make sure we don’t match!!! -Laurie

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Fantastic to have you aboard & I’m sure you’ll (both!) end up with dreamy creations by the end of Feb. Yes, funny how this is the second monthly challenge! Makes me wonder what March’s will be ;-)

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  3. Sandra

    This fits well with my 52 dresses plan for the year. I have already nipped out in lunchtime and got the pattern and fabric half price. Yay lets go!

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  4. Sam

    Oooh, I’m tempted. I have some polka dots in my stash that I bought on a whim, and there’s probably just enough to squeeze out a non pleated version.

    Oh why not… count me in!

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  5. Sew Little Time

    oh i love this pattern – totally love all the cute versions i have seen popping up all over blogs – tilly’s is especially gorgeous. i might be in if i find the right fabric on my goldhawk rd aftenoon next week! now i just need to buy the pattern cheaply!

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  6. Adrienne

    Count me in! This pattern is definitely popular: I was never able to get it here in Toronto, my sewing store is always out! But I will try to recreate the pattern and see how it turns out!

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  7. Vicki

    I have two NL6000s on my sewing pile now: one almost finished and another cut out! Unfortunately, neither are polka dot. One is solid purple wool and the other is an african DeGama print. :(

    Wait….I just doubled checked and the african fabric does have some dots in the print. I’m going to call it close enough and join in too!

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  8. LinB

    Am looking forward to seeing what all the rest of you sew! I sewed more than my share of polka dots for my daughter, all through her childhood. From the time she could sit up in a stroller, she’d drag bolts of polka dots off the shelves as I wheeled her through the fabric store. Always dots … don’t know what that says about her psychology, but 20-something years later she still has plenty of them in her closet.

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      I’d say impeccable taste! I havent seen anything polka dots that doesn’t look wonderful, & you clearly had a guiding role in this!! (Dragging bolts of the shelves as a toddler sounds rather superhuman too!)

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      1. LinB

        She was — and is — physically strong. She was always the Enforcer on the school playground: she’d just knock down the bullies and sit on them until recess was over. Yet, she is very feminine. She’ll make some man a fine wife one day.

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  9. Sox

    May I still play if I don’t have any dotted fabric? I have to use up some stash stuff before I buy anything new. Luckily I don’t seem to have the same rule about patterns so NL6000 will be the next purchase.

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  10. IngeMaakt

    Yes I’m in! Already made the pattern once, but had a terrible time getting it to fit. That was last year. Since then I learned a lot so it’s time to give it another go!

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  11. amy

    Oh my goodness, how have I only just seen this?! I’ve been popping this pattern in and out of my basket for a week and I have an excuse to buy it now. I would love to be a part of this, very exciting and my first ever Frock Fest!

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  12. evilincarKnit

    Ok, I’m in! I just ran out and bought the pattern and plan to do Version C with a different collar. This is my first sew along and I’m so thrilled that I saw it in time!!!

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  13. Manju

    Just found your blog and love it! Especially, as being relatively new to this sewing lark, you use lots of independent patterns. I have this new look pattern – uncut and unsewn. I think it needs some polka dot love! Look forward to joining you.

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  16. Tempest

    I shouldn’t (because I’d decided that I was going to decorate the dining room in February) but i can’t resist the challenge of adapting a pattern that stops at 16 for my 20/22/24-26 shape (yes, I am the classic Christmas tree shape, forget your boring pears). Goodness help me.

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      So you’re relishing the alterations as part of the challenge, Tempest?! Good for you! And getting the dining room done? I’d say by the end of feb you’ll have a stylish new dress to christen your new dining room with a special meal. How exciting, but lots to do !

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  17. Debi

    What an awesome challenge! It’s so cool that many of the previous dresses were in polka dot fabric! I totally flaked on the last challenge (but I did buy the pattern). But I might make a polka dot solidarity dress :-)

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  19. Melody

    Yes! A fine challenge to rise to! I don’t really need an excuse to make another polka dot dress but this pattern needs a place in my collection! Let’s go ladies!

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