Oh my, not another New Look 6000?

Hello everyone!! Here follows another rendition of New Look 6000, as the title suggests. This is the first dress I’ve made for…..months.

Remember I said I was suffering from Not Enough Dresses Syndrome (aka NEDS)? Well this is my first month’s cure. I am allowed to make one dress per month & so fell into good ol’ New Look 6000 since it:

  1. Doesn’t take much fabric if you use the plain unpleated version (possibly 1.5m of 44″ sorry, mixing my units there – I have a mental blank about what the metric width is!)
  2. I’ve made it before so fitting is nearly (but not quite) right
  3. It has longer sleeves, which make it a better winter dress
  4. It’s quick to make

New Look 6000-002

I did select a handful of other patterns though, willing my fabric to be long enough, but it wasn’t. NL6000 it was to be. The fabric I should add is brushed cotton (nice & warm!), a Rose & Hubble design which I bought from a fabric shop that was moving & had discovered hidden bales in the deepest darkest depths of its storeroom. NO IDEA what era it harks back to. There was something about the poppies & vibrant colours that drew me to it. It was going to be a possible Ginger skirt, or a gathered full wintery skirt to wear with boots that would take me back to the 1980s. However, NEDS won & I felt that all last year had stocked my wardrobe with plenty of wardrobe staples & it was time for some “frosting”.

New Look 6000 catdance-002

I said that this was nearly a good fit. Remember this version here? Well it’s funny that the last time I looked at its back in the mirror (when wearing it) I realised that I needed to take out yet more of a wedge from the centre back. Needless to say I haven’t worn it since, & it is decorating my ironing pile. However, I did remember to remove a wedge from the CB when cutting out this latest version.

New Look 6000 winter dress-002

So I said that I only had about a metre and a half of this fabric, but that gave me enough to make the dress (but without the vent extension) plus my own version of cuffs (didn’t quite have enough to make the decorative cuffs with pointy sticky out edges) as well as enough for the collar. I did not cut facings as I wanted to use bias – & you’ll see how that benefitted me later down the line. But I would have had enough if I wanted to- just. NB using bias is not suitable for all fabrics & you’re probably going to get a more predictably sound finish if you use a facing….you know, the neckline might be more prone to gaping …

I steamed on with the sewing, using an invisible zip (purely because that was all I had in the colour) & machine basting the sides to try on for fit. What a good idea that was – I needed to narrow the hips a bit but apart from that it fitted fine, including the back – no gaping this time.

NL 6000 my cuff-002

I had initially planned to make the sleeves a simple 3/4 length & hem them, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought they needed a cuff of some sort. Not having enough for the complete cuff that came with the pattern I made them to fit the end of the sleeve with a simple slit opening. I think this will work well for squirrelling away inside a cardigan, better than the pointed fancy cuffs methinks.

NL 6000 cardigan look-002

Sewing everything else was fine, as you’d expect, but shall I tell you about the time saving bias neck facing? Well! First of all you need to know that I started to make the collar (because it is simply adorable isn’t it?) But due to the wild crazy madness of the fabric’s pattern I thought it was a detail that would probably get lost. This dress needed a simple shape, simple clear lines so that the fabric did the shouting. When I had finished the dress – the sleeves were in, cuffs attached, skirt hemmed, neck finished, I tried it on. This dress’s neckline is quite high cut, not as wide as a boatneck, but that high.

NL 6000 neckline-002

Looking at it on me, it was too much – more skin was needed near my face. So I re-cut the neckline & as it was only faced in bias that did not involve having to recut a new facing – woohoo!!! It took about an hour to revise. And fancy a clever lazy tip ? (I swear being lazy is often a sign of intelligence, pity I am too guilty to ever carry it off successfully, but my cat? He’s got it sussed)

New Look 6000 back-002

Anyway – lazy tip – I kept the scrap of fabric I cut off from the original neckline & have now stuffed it into the pattern envelope with the pattern so that I can use it as a template to amend future versions should I so wish. Quick & easy.

NL 6000 lazy pieces-002

So the dress is dying to get taken out. I think it is another schizophrenic dress – it will be good for work or play. I like making such dual use clothing!

So, this month I will add it to the New Look 6000 gallery, & take the opportunity to update it with others that have recently been showcased here & here. As I see new versions popping up on the internets, I will continue to populate this gallery with links back to original blog posts. If you want me to link to any of your versions, please let me know in the comments & I’ll update it. Can you tell I still love this pattern? But I still NEED to make the gathered version! So far I’ve only made the simple sheath dress due to fabric limitations, but the gathers are lush!



63 thoughts on “Oh my, not another New Look 6000?

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  2. Sam

    It’s gorgeous! That might be the loveliest version of NL 6000 that I’ve seen. Could be something to do with the fact that I’ve been craving navy and red floral fabric recently and can’t find anything anywhere near as nice as this.

  3. Jane

    Oh my god I just LOVE that fabric Winnie! The amended neckline is very flattering – you’re right, you need more flesh on display amidst all thse poppies! And the cuffs are a triumph. Fab, fab, fab! x

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Thanks Jane, I’m aware high necks aren’t really my thang & I agree, it’s too wild to be that close to my chops. I’m glad I left off the collar as that would also have been higher again ….suffocation by poppified fabric

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      It’s a great pattern, once you get the fit sorted. But there are also similar New Looks that also channel the 60s, which need making up too…..it’ll be interesting to see if the centre back of those starts the same….

  4. Michelle

    FAB dress pretty lady! Everything from the brushed cottonness to the lack of collar to the cuffs to the amazing print say warm and cozy and classy frock. Nice job!

  5. Shelly

    Wow! This is a fabulous version – the fabric is just so yummy. I love sheath dresses as they are so simple they make a chic statement. I’d love to see the gathered version made up too.

  6. Roisin

    This is lovely – very frosting! I love the colours on you and I think the next time I make a NL 6000 I will use bias for facing as well – it seems so neat and handy 🙂

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Thanks Roisin, it does work on this particular fabric, although I guess there are times when facings are better – possibly if the fabric isn’t very robust? Facings are so tedious though I find, extra work with interfacing & joining, understitching & the rest. Gosh, my true lazy character is on stark display in this comment!! Yikes!

  7. Marie

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous Winnie! I love the fabric and I’m soooo tempted by this dress. Each version I’ve seen, including all of yours, is just lovely!

  8. Helen Made

    Very nice. Love the fabric. What a clever idea keeping the fabric you cut from the neckline as a template – I’d probably never think of doing something like that.

  9. Andrea

    I have seen a few lovely versions if this dress and I think yours just may have tipped me over the edge and I may just have to get it before winter.

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Thanks Andrea, you go get it – it’s a recommended pattern, but watch out for possible additional width in the upper back. And make the gathered version, for me…please ?…

  10. Andrea

    I have seen a few lovely versions of this dress and yours has just tipped me over the edge. I think I will have to buy this pattern before winter.

  11. Andrea

    I have seen a few lovely versions of this dress and yours may well have tipped me over the edge. I am going to have to buy this pattern before winter.

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Sorry about having to leave a few comments – it’s my spam filter – I am having to educate it for what is/isn’t spam manually. You’ll be recognised next time (hopefully)

  12. Katrina Blanchalle

    I have loved every version so far, but this one is really to die for. I think it is the fabric. So incredibly gorgeous.
    And when you have something that fits so perfectly, stick with it! Only have three? You should make at least ten!

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      I think I have – you can tell a good value pattern I think by how fat the pattern envelope becomes from all the folding/ refolding & restuffing of used pattern pieces away each time. This has to be one of my fattest!!

  13. Andrea

    This is such a cute and versatile dress and what a happy print! I really like it styled with that red cardigan, although it also looks great on it’s own with the nice necklace. I’ve had the pattern in my stash for a while… one of these days.

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Alterations are always a risky business when you are as spontaneous as me & in such a desire to finish! I think I sew by he seat of my pants sometimes….not always the best quality!

  14. Merche

    This dress is really pretty! and looks great with your boots. The fit is perfect from my point of view, and it is great that it takes very little fabric to make.
    Excellent work on the cuffs!

  15. Debbie

    Oh my, another fabulous SB creation! The dress looks so comfy and chic on you, the idea of brucshed cotton sounds very appealing in this wintry weather, and I like the simple cuffs and new neckline. xx

  16. Liz

    What a great look, and funky too – it looks fab with the boots, but am sure it would look pretty cool with red tights and mary-janes too.

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