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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 …

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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 :-)

New Look 6000 Frock Fest: part 2

Since the last post we have had a few recent entrants to New Look 6000 Frock Fest, & they are SO worth sharing.  I will add them to the original post once this is published so that anyone who wants to see them all together can appreciate everyone’s different use of fabric & unique interpretation.  But without further ado ….

Here is Rehanon from MissDemeanor with her “Bet Lynch eat your heart out leopard print dress“.  Now prepare yourself for some glamorous housework  & a rather special hairdo….

Don’t you just love the contrast cuffs & collar – nice touch!  But it’s the matching sweeping brush that shows true accessorizing!  I think the fabric choice is brilliant for this style too, don’t you?    But just to whet your whistle & to show how such a sassy lady –  rewards herself after seasonal domesticity….

Rehanon has created a little photo story in her post, I’d go & check it out, it’s sure to tickle your fancy & give you a better view of that awesome phone!

Next up we’ve Chris who blogs at Sycamore Stitches.  She has made this frock in raw silk (SWOON!).

Now what I love about Chris’s version (apart from the special fabric) is how elegant it looks with the cuffs & plain neckline.  It is yet another flattering super fit – as are they all.   Chris has written about it on her blog here and says that it felt super glam to wear – plus it has come out of its first wash unscathed.

Here is another photo of the cuff (I must admit to having cuff weakness with this style!  I love the way they’re pointy! & a fabulous showcase for a statement button)

Now last for this installment, but by no means least comes “The Holloway” from Joanne at StitchandWitter.   I am so excited – it’s the same pattern, but another swanky sexy look (hence the moniker), using winter weight fabric no less – some lovely tweedy wool.    Joanne’s opted for the side gathered view, & boy do I want to give that a go myself now ….

 Remember, before you think that this is all debauchery (daylight drinking- indeed?!) – these frocks have been made with Christmas & holidays in mind, & bless her,” Joannie” is just living the highlife ….with a dress like that a gal can have cocktails whenever she wants! But what’s going on here?  More chores?

Groovy “tickling stick” though!  Anyways, back to THE DRESS.  Can you see that Joanne’s used teal coloured fabric covered buttons – what a pretty touch.  I do really like this version, & it is once again a dress that is hyper flattering.   I’m going to let Joanne, I mean Joannie take it on from here…

Joanne says,

 I really really wanted to add a lining to this dress but when it came to the crunch I was just a little too scared by the prospect, having not lined a dress before. I’ll revisit once I have more skills under my belt. It’s a little scratchy but what’s that when it comes to glamour?! I’ve gone for the ‘Joanie at home’ look with these pics.
Likeability: 9/10 – i love this dress but want to make it again with a lining. The buttons are covered with teal corduroy – I toyed with brown vintage buttons but I loved the pop of colour these gave the tweedy fabric.
Unsolicited comments: Haven’t worn it out yet but when I showed a pic of the dress in progress to my pub landlady she asked how much did I charge for making dresses for people! Now that’s a first for me!

More about her trials and so many more of her tribulations (particularly an amazing pose which in itself is an amazing test of courage, on her blog here.

Every time I see more iterations of this wonderful pattern I fall in love all over again.  It really is a classy number.  Ladies, I salute you for bringing more joy into the world

New Look 6000 “Frock Fest”

It’s time to bring out the fanfare, raise your glasses & toast the mighty sewists who have dared to share & picked up the crazy red gauntlet with white fur trim to join me in sewing up a gorgeous winter frock despite the madness that can be preparations for Christmas.   Phew, that was a mouthful.  Today I have the frocks of three  now six even more other sewists to show you.

What’s more  we have a blog button (thank you Gary for taking the time to help me!).   If I can get it to work, it should link to this post, thereby showcasing everyone’s fabulous frocks…

If you haven’t quite finished, don’t worry, I can keep adding to this post & doing another round up when you send me your images – a veritable catwalk show of New Look 6000.

Grab the code here:

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As a small recap, this venture started merely as a cry for help, so overwhelmed was I about which of my few winter dress patterns I should make.  There was more than a little fervour created by one of the options, New Look 6000.  Indeed some of you recommended it being proud wearers of said frock, whilst others proclaimed that they were also going to make it themselves (at least two of you had it lurking as ready cut-out).  And the idea was born.  I thought it would be interesting to showcase this pattern in its various interpretations, & share support along the way if need be.

So I’ll be brazen & start off with  my “Pan Am inspired” frock.  Here is a  poor light shot.  Remember I did not have enough to make the side gathered version, preferring to allow enough for the awesome collar & cuffs.

You can see more pictures here and here.  I also wrote about how I undertook the underlining - not perfect & I’m sure not totally professional, but it does have a lovely finish inside as well as out.

Likeometer: I’d give this a 9/10, reserving the other 1/10 for a different fabric that a certain someone else used whose name begins with J & who likes to make things …. but more of that below.   I like the style though.

Unsolicited compliments: well I’m afraid I have only worn this in the house (not I assure you to do the hoovering & taking the bins out).  Its first real outing was cancelled.  So the only compliments I got were from the men in my life, & due to the fact that the first time they saw me in it I was also wearing this wig & all that eyeliner, also resulted in quite a fair few belly laughs.

Tabatha Tweedie at ThreadCarefully was quick off the blocks, delivering the most stylish grey polka dot number- like me without the side gathers.  There’s a wonderful simplicity in this version, as it’s all about the style and the fabric.  There’s no collar to distract from the simple lines.

But the cuffs – to die for- & with heirloom buttons!

I am seriously in love with the fabric.  She’s written about it here, go have a look at some other pictures & her experience of it.

Likeability: she says that it was a great day dress, comfortable to wear & I think you’ll agree, extremely flattering.   She has seen Jane’s (next up) & is, like me, tempted to try “the” different type of fabric.

Unsolicited compliments: “my husband doesn’t think that the clinginess is a bad thing!” & I’m sure there were lots of other compliments….

So, next up was Jane at Handmade Jane, also opting for the version with no side gathers.  Jane chose a doubleknit having me (if not others) cursing at her cleverness in this as no zips nor facings were needed.  Genius!  Read more on her post here.  I am really taken with the colour – so festive, so Jane!  It looks so sophisticated but not at the expense of comfort!  I am liking this concept!

Likeometer: Jane’s rating is 10/10- cracking!

Unsolicited compliments: Jane also said she received LOADS of unsolicited compliments when she wore it out.   “On its one and only outing I got LOTS of compliments and dropped jaws. I hadn’t told anybody I was making my own dress for the party so when I answered the usual “Ooh, nice dress, where’s it from?” with a casual, “I made it” they were the best and most priceless responses!”.  How lovely to be appreciated!

Finally I feel the need also to draw your attention to the button-cuff detail here – double self buttons – lovely finishing touch.

In hot pursuit we have Kerry from Kestrel Finds and Makes.  She made her fab frock out of thrifted wool houndstooth, lining it too.

I am overjoyed to see that she’s taken the side gathers to ripple amongst the geometry of the fabric.  Doesn’t it look effective?  And toasty!  I also like how Kerry’s treated the collar with the big button – she’s left it more open & the whole look is very retro & super elegant.

Now Kerry writes in this post about her dress, & appears to be very happy with this dress, lining it also so that is a comfy winter make that is nice slip on.  She too is contemplating another version, which to me is a firm commendation.

Unsolicited compliments: “I wore it out last night to my work Christmas Meal, and received some very nice compliments.”  I think it’s a brilliant fabric choice & is also really flattering.

Here is Rehanon from MissDemeanor with her “Bet Lynch eat your heart out leopard print dress“.  Now prepare yourself for some glamorous housework  & a rather special hairdo….

Don’t you just love the contrast cuffs & collar – nice touch!  But it’s the matching sweeping brush that shows true accessorizing!  I think the fabric choice is brilliant for this style too, don’t you?    But just to whet your whistle & to show how such a sassy lady –  rewards herself after seasonal domesticity….

 

Next here comes “The Holloway” from Joanne at StitchandWitter.   I am so excited – it’s the same pattern, but another swanky sexy look (hence the moniker), using winter weight fabric no less – some lovely tweedy wool.    Joanne’s opted for the side gathered view, & boy do I want to give that a go myself now ….

Remember, before you think that this is all debauchery (daylight drinking- indeed?!) – these frocks have been made with Christmas & holidays in mind, & bless her,” Joannie” is just living the highlife ….with a dress like that a gal can have cocktails whenever she wants! But what’s going on here?  More chores?

 

Groovy “tickling stick” though!  Anyways, back to THE DRESS.  Can you see that Joanne’s used teal coloured fabric covered buttons – what a pretty touch.  I do really like this version, & it is once again a dress that is hyper flattering.   I’m going to let Joanne, I mean Joannie take it on from here…

Joanne says,

 I really really wanted to add a lining to this dress but when it came to the crunch I was just a little too scared by the prospect, having not lined a dress before. I’ll revisit once I have more skills under my belt. It’s a little scratchy but what’s that when it comes to glamour?! I’ve gone for the ‘Joanie at home’ look with these pics.
Likeability: 9/10 – i love this dress but want to make it again with a lining. The buttons are covered with teal corduroy – I toyed with brown vintage buttons but I loved the pop of colour these gave the tweedy fabric.
Unsolicited comments: Haven’t worn it out yet but when I showed a pic of the dress in progress to my pub landlady she asked how much did I charge for making dresses for people! Now that’s a first for me!

More about her trials and so many more of her tribulations (particularly an amazing pose which in itself is an amazing test of courage, on her blog here.

Every time I see more iterations of this wonderful pattern I fall in love all over again.  It really is a classy number.  Ladies, I salute you for bringing more joy into the world.    I am so impressed by your beautiful creations – I think this is proving to be a very flattering & stylish dress.  I am really interested to see not only the difference in fabric, but the nuances caused by those side gathers ….

Now, in 2013 the following versions of New Look 6000 appeared.  I spotted (ha ha excuse the pun!) Tilly’s immediately as a prime example of the simple New Look 6000.  Follow this link for her blog post describing her NL6000 experience.  But boy does Tilly get it right every time – I wish I had her eye for style & colour ….

She’s opted for the simple darted version, plain neckline but ooh, the statement fancy cuffs.  I love how she’s paired it with red tights.  Swoon!

Around the same kind of time another glory of polka dots was unleashed from the NL6000 stable.  Roisin (aka Dolly Clackett) had us all gasping when we clapped eyes on this beauty in green.  In fact, it made me consider why I had never ever had such perfection in my fabric stash or dressing up box, so fantastic was the greenness of the fabric & the spottiness of the polka dots.

She too opted for the simple darted version, plain neckline & fancy pancy cuffs.  A dream of a New Look 6000, don’t you agree?  Here is her write up & more information about what she did here.

Now I too have made a couple of others.  In the summer of 2012 I made this version, using the basic dress & drafting a peter pan collar for it.

Follow this link for the write up on it.  Already I’m seeing 4 polka dot versions…hmm a theme!

And then in January 2013 I made this version

[to update with link when posted] , a wintery brushed cotton number.  I changed it a little lowering the neckline.  I did not have enough fabric for fancy cuffs so had to improvise.  Here is the blog post for more info

 

In case anyone is making this dress & would like some fitting advice, Allison at a Fabricfixation has posted about her experiences, really useful pictures & always impresses me at how much time & effort she puts into getting the fit right (& she does).  She has also left advice on previous posts on my blog, so worth checking out if you are making this dress!

 

New Look 6000, Pan Am inspired

You know the sweet French stewardess from Pan Am?

Source

What do you think ?

Yes, here come some teaser shots of the finished New Look 6000.  Apologies they are in poor indoor evening light & I will try to get some better ones in daylight at the weekend.  So you know I was going to debut this dress at our team’s Christmas drinkie-poos?  Well, unfortunately I was ill, & clearly SO essential was I, that it was cancelled when I couldn’t make it.  (I think I’d built their expectation levels to a frenzy over this dress, & they couldn’t cope with the disappointment of not seeing it)*.  What that means is that this dress has not been road tested: this evening’s wear for photos was its first real try on.  Have I left enough ease in it I wonder?  What’ll it be like sitting down (after all the planning to manage the strain over my not slimline rump)?  The answers to that question remain to be seen.

I do REALLY like this dress.  I have written about some of its construction here, the joys of underlining & my personal variations.  I am not totally sure if I have go the fit completely right (although in the photo above I am twisting slightly which is perhaps the cause of the creases above the waistline).  Styling wise, I want to make more of these!  Jane has made a glorious version in doubleknit without a zip.  How wonderful would that be?  Not only is it a lovely dress to make, I can see it being made out of lots of different kinds of fabric (Oh, funny that, how amazing would it be to see everyone’s makes in  “New Look 6000 Fest” ?

I can’t wait!  I am so excited at seeing other people’s frocks!!

Ha ha ha some more – still haven’t made a groovy blog button …. in design though – I’ll try to have something finished over the weekend.  Anyway, plan is to start the grand reveal from the 19th December when anyone who’s joined this party & is ready to show & shine.

Please leave me a link to your blog post or email me your pictures & anything you’d like me to display (eg fabric details)  I think it would also be good to have a “likeometer” rating showing your personal satisfaction with the frock out of 10?   Maybe details of its first outing & how many unsolicited comments of admiration you received?

If you haven’t a blog, please email me at: scruffybadgertime(at)gmail(dot)com

And check back on the 19th to see who’s in so far!  If you haven’t quite finished, no worries, leave a status report & Ill share that too….

*Actually, we’re only a small team & 2/5 of us were unable to come, clearly the other three didn’t like each other enough to spend too much social time together……

NL6000 Fest: Ode to underlining

 

I haven’t designed a blog button.  Fail.  My ideas turned out to be complex and would have taken me away from the actual sewing (what’s the point in that?!)   I asked Gary to help (him being an animator, and a dabber hand than me at these layering programmes).  He’s been too busy (being VERY animated)  tiling the kitchen & sinking a doormat into the wooden floor – what a hero.

So this is my 30 second attempt… for now…

Ha ha ha!! How’s everyone else getting on with NL6000 Fest?

Now you crazeeee ladeeez – some of you have said you’re joining in the Festival- or are at least thinking about it, namely:

So how’s everyone getting on?  I hummed a bit wanting to make version C with the pretty gathered waist, but the decision was made for me, not having enough fabric to do that, and actually playing it work-safe.  I am making the plain darted 3/4 length dress with the awesome collar & cute cuffs.  I have only hand sewing left- that’s all.  My plan is to write this & then sit IN FRONT OF THE TV (yes, I need laziness) & finish it off.    Here it is waiting for me ….
Erk!  It looks like an overall or a uniform, but it’s honestly nicer than it looks, even without the iron!!  And it’s a deeper blue too.
So, for now I thought I’d spend some words waxing lyrical about the joy of underlining.  
Now why did I think I’d underline instead of just a standard lining?  I’ve underlined before for my vintage vogue jacket, here, but that also involved lining and is designed to provide a bit more structure to the cotton fabric in the case of the jacket.  It did however provide me with my first trip down Underlining Lane, giving me the principles that I’d use for this dress.  Tasia at Sewaholic has written some detailed posts about the right way to underline here.  Underlining’s basically cutting a second version of your pattern pieces out of some suitable fabric, often something light weight for lining something sheer.  It is also a way to cosify up a garment for winter – just imagine a winter dress with an added layer of flannel to keep you warm!  Traditionally, the underlining is basted flat, wrong sides together, to the shell fabric pieces before any construction takes place.  Pattern markings are often transferred once the underlining is attached, and basting is also needed around the edges of darts and seams through all thicknesses (also before any construction takes place) to make sure the two fabrics don’t move around too much.  This takes ages & makes you feel so far away from sewing your garment.  
Anyway,  I wanted to underline this dress because I wanted some form of lining but knew that a tight dress such as this might be up for some serious stresses & how would a silky lining fabric stand up to the mega pressure caused by my hips & bum & all that sitting I do at work?  I could predict seam failure- gradual if not dramatic ripping.  The other reason for wanting to underline was because I’ve seen what beautiful seam finishes (Fromthesehands.net) you can achieve by sewing the underlining to the shell fabric.     If I’m honest that was my primary motivation.  [Think amazing seams] But what have I discovered when trying to find those original inspirational pictures? I found that I did it wrong!  I should have cut an additional 1/4″ seam allowance to my underlining.  But didn’t.  Now please don’t think that I pretend to know how to do all these fancy things.  I clearly make it up as I go along, being clear about my objective, grasping some of the approach, but certainly not in any worthy textbook way.   (This might be reflected in my description of underlining above using non committal language, because I am really rather an obvious amateur!!)
I cut out shell & lining then pinned pattern pieces right sides together & thought .  Should I sew the curved edges?  What if it was a totally bad fit- why was I diving in head first, using an approach I am not familiar with, to a pattern I’ve never made without sewing a toile/ muslin first?   Typical me.   I was mentally biting my fingernails down to the quick imagining my folly.  It was a great puzzle to work out & I compromised, sewing the straighter seams this way (with an erroneous 1/4″ narrow seam), leaving the curved armhole & neck edge seams to be basted together.   This picture kind of shows what I mean.

It shows the dress front with side edges sewn right sides together, turned & pressed.  It also shows the basting around the darts to keep the lining & shell fabric together to make the darts.  The armhole edge is still unfinished with raw edges basted together.  What this means is that I was actually finishing my side and shoulder seams right at the beginning – but it didn’t feel like it at the time.

 So with the underlining attached, whatever method you are using, you then sew the dress through all thicknesses as if they are one piece – eg making the darts through all of the thicknesses of fabric.  This is why there is all that basting earlier on so that the two fabrics act as one.  (If not doing it the way I was trying out, you’d also normally finish seams as if you were sewing a normal garment- zig zag, serging or more swish binding/ HK seams etc.)  Underlining also meant an easier and much neater finish for dress.plus.lining.plus.zip.  Much neater.  Although once I inserted the zip I was able to try the dress on & discover where it didn’t fit.  Nothing too drastic.  I had to take a wedge out of the centre back above my waist meaning a twice inserted zipper.  It was almost perfect the first time as well, you thought right.  
So with seam finishes the fabric equivalent of ambrosia, what about the other raw edges?  The answer was self bias binding using Portia’s fabulous Easy Peasy bias strips – the masking tape method (Eureka! totally cool! No slippy stretchy botch jobs!)  I bound the neck edge, the seam joining cuffs to sleeves and also the sleeve seams.  No way was there going to be a trace of zig zag or a raw edge in sight.  
A privileged view: the inside.  Side seam, darts & the bias bound armhole edge.
I’m finishing these bias bindings by hand, and that is where I shall leave you for now ….
Please leave me a comment with how you are getting on, links to posts & when you think that you’ll be ready for the Festival.

I’ve got my work’s Christmas drinks on Friday evening & plan to put it through its paces then, so I’ll be ready when you are :-)

Enjoy your sewing …

 

The dress decision is made- NL6000 Fest- care to join me?

Thank you all so much for the excitement and interest in the winter dress options. In fact such a flurry has there been that I’m getting caught up in it myself. There’s a lot of activity ( some new purchases no less) around New Look 6000.  Not only Joanne at Stitchandtwitter, but Alex & Allison have it cut out, Lysy made it last year, Solvi has also made it, Law’s tempted & then HandmadeJane’s bought it also….

The fabric's a deeper blue than shown in this picture

I have checked my stash and I have some Heinz 58 unknown denim blue coloured fabric, mid weight with a little structure, bought at Birmingham rag market ( was it £1 per metre?). It’s funny that upon deciding on this pattern I wished I’d bought more than 1.5m of the homage to Black Watch tartan, as now (yes too late) I could really imagine how that would look in such a style ( with collar & cuffs). But I shall have to go for this plain blue with big black ornate buttons – that’s what I’m thinking.

I was going to make the plain darted front, (with collar & cuffs of course) but, should I actually make it with the wonderful gathering at the waist?  Would that be work appropriate?  Aargh!  I thought I’d made my decision you know, but doubt clouds in ..

Anyway, as this seems to be so popular, past, present & future, who else wants to join me in a NL6000 Festival?  I can share pictures and progress? Could be a pre Xmas project – you know, because I bet you haven’t got other things to make this month. Nothing like a bit of pressure to make it feel like December !!

I shall start to cut it out tonight and have to decide on whether to underline as well ( I’m not sure how soft the fabric will be without it). Hmmm.   So if you are interested in joining the NL6000 Fest, let me know if you have made this frock or shall be making it and I’ll do a round up post in a couple of weeks.  If you don’t have a blog but would like to show off your pictures, I’m more than happy for you to email them to me. scruffybadgertime(at)gmail(dot)com

Feels like a Christmas party!!!!