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Joining the dots: Polka Dot Frock Fest

Hello peeps!  There’s some kind of an outbreak out there in the internets, namely New look 6000 in all its glory!  I thought I would share a few of the early symptoms I’ve spotted [groan] because judging by Twitter, there’s a danger that we’re not over the worst & there’s more to come…

Over in Brisbane, Lauren at Sew Lonnie took medical advice when she found herself covered in retro-inspired brown fabric with cream spots.

All Doc FrockFest could advise though was that there was a genuine risk of such chic style spreading: everyone would want such a classy collar & capped sleeves if she went out in public.  I tend to agree & wish I’d made mine with the collar as well.  It’s got such a vintage look, hasn’t it?  More pics from Lauren & details of her sewing adventure here.

Now Michelle L’s signs of catching something glamorous need little describing if you look at her picture here:

New Look 6000
She’s soldiering on despite her dots getting really dotty!    You wouldn’t think that she’d caught the polkadotfrockfest bug to see here smiling like that with such a perfectly accessorised beauty of a dress: full New Look 6000 glory sporting the awesome collar and cuffs with gathered waist.  I tell you what,  I see every new rendition & feel jealous I didn’t make the same version myself!  This is no exception.

Sylkotwist however, has reported an early temperature, Doc Frockfest described it as one of the first signs of Polka Dot Frock Fest fever.

I’d say she’s got it bad with such a wonderful interpretation.  You need to check out her cuffs (in homage to Sam’s ) which I am delighted to report also include (wait for it) rick rack!!!  I urge you to check out Sylkotwist’s write up to get a viewing.

Finally for this post is a recent outbreak that frankly could not be missed.  How could Dottie Doodle think that no one would notice that she had also caught something spotty?

She’s made hers with a heavy  jersey which has carried off the gathered waistline absolutely brilliantly.  I love it being sleeveless too & couldn’t help but over hear Doc Frockfest’s advice: plenty of fresh air.  I’d have to agree, with Spring around the corner I’d imagine this would be a wardrobe favorite!  Go & visit to read more about her experience of it here.

Remember to keep an eye on the Polka Dot Frock Fest Flickr Group for new additions & extra features.  I shall bring together more victims of polkadotfrockfest together at a later date – remember to let me know – my incoming links doesn’t always work 🙁


Polka Dot Frock Fest: New Look 6000

I have spied some wondrous New Look 6000 Polka Dot Frocks coming out of the woodwork.  Take this one here by  Sue at Sewin’ Steady & this one also by Pixie Sam at a Little of What you Fancy ….I suspect there might be a last minute flurry of February activity.

I am keeping my eyes peeled on the Polka Dot Frock Fest Flickr Group ready & waiting …I am looking forward to doing a round up post before I update the gallery, but first, I have finally finished my very own New Look 6000 to show you.

polka dot NL6000

I thought I would show you the finished pics today, & then present another post explaining how I got myself out of rushing headlong into lining without thinking through the order, or looking up any advice (typical me!)  later this week, in case it can help anyone else.

Now remember I’ve made this for an April wedding (untypically this February challenge meant that I didn’t leave the making until the last minute!  Nice feeling !)

polkadotfrock new look 6000

It’s made out of a sort of crepe de chine (polyester) that I bought at the Birmingham Rag Market & is the same used for my Eliza M Pussy Galore blouse.  I sewed them in parallel which was handy, same thread on the machine, two garments on the go at the same time.  When I had to pause sewing this dress due to zip inadequacies, it meant I could go ahead & sew the blouse with minimum fuss!

So I chose to make View A with the side gathers & cap sleeves.  I may make the fabric rose to attach for the wedding itself, but for now here it is.  You’ll notice that my gathers are on the right, not left side, this is because the front piece is cut as a whole (not on the fold) & I got my right/wrong side of fabric in reverse to what I should have!

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I’ve lined it with mustard polycotton to hopefully give it more structure & make it comfy to wear.  It also dispenses with the need for facings (hurrah!)  (I used the plain darted front to make the lining with the same back piece).


I even found some red spotty ribbon to make bra-strap holders 🙂

So I fitted this dress as I went along, not really sure how this gathered waist would work.  How can it produce the right shape for girly lumps & bumps when it sits on one side only at the waist?  I clearly need to go on a dart manipulation crusade & I might have a chance of understanding.  For now though, I trusted & tried.  I was keen for it not to have too much ease though as the gathers over the stomach might have appeared balloony?  I therefore made it a bit smaller in the bust & hips than my last New Look 6000, which is pretty roomy.

Therefore when I could at last wear it, I felt it needed to be put through its paces, albeit gently, no hoovering to be done in this frock!

polkadot new look 6000

It’s a very close fit at the back, I’ve just about nailed the right size for my back.  It’s a shame that the sleeve lining is poking out though.  The zip?  Now a 22″ & that’s not too long I tell you.  I used a lapped zipper (like I describe here) but you can bet the first time the 14″ zip went in SO perfectly.  The 22″ zip, of course, did not behave, resulting in a couple of unpickings.

polka dot new look 6000

Oh look!  We’ve a visitor!  She’s returned to rekindle the original Frock Fest.  And she’s still got a thing for botany ….

Look I’m using some more of Marie‘s vintage lace from her Watch This Lace project to finish off the lining with style.

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Now the thing is, I’ve got these white shoes (vintage Bally T-bars) but absolutely nothing else to wear with it: no handbag, & no jacket.  I am currently trawling Pinterest for inspiration for what needs to be the right kind of 60s style jacket.

polka dot new look 6000 6I’m hoping to make it out of something I’ve already got in my stash, so look forward to canvassing your views to help me shortlist my options.

polka dot new look 6000

Phew, I can bend forward & water “that” plant with out any over exertion on the seams!!  “Love Train” here I come!!!

So that’s me & my Polka Dot Frock!  Let me know when you’re there & ready to show off yours.  My blog hosting doesn’t always pick up incoming links, so I I can’t rely on that guiding me to your makes – just let me know in a comment & I’ll come visiting 🙂

Polka Dot Frock Fest Flickr Group

Hey all, Fancy checking out an early Polka Dot Frock?

Manju at SewManju has created this darling version here

She has chosen to make the pleated-waist version (like I am going to make) but with 3/4 length sleeves.  Go & visit to see how she’s given it a bit of edge with yellow details & her method for grading up.  It’s so well explained. Thanks Manju for such a great example of why I love this dress….inspiring!!

I know that I’m a bit slow in coming to the conclusion that we need somewhere to gratify our instant craving to check out dots, dresses & good ol’ New Look 6000!  No need to wait for me to get “the next update post” up, why not head over to Flickr & upload & enjoy.  If you have a blog post relating to it, you can also make the link in Flickr & we can all come & check it out.

Polka Dot Frock Fest Flickr Group

I’ve set it up so that you need to ask to become a member (wasn’t sure if this was wise, but this is how Zoe manages Me Made months & it seems to work!  So, even if you are not ready to upload anything yet, just find the link to request membership & you’ll all be ready in Flickr).  I still plan to make periodic update posts, so don’t worry if you don’t use Flickr, just leave me a link in comments & I will scoop in updates as well as adding every now & then to the NL6000 gallery.

On other FrockFest news, it seems that Jaycotts are out of stock of New Look 6000 for now.  But you could try over at Habithat, New Look patterns are half price.

And finally thanks again to Adrienne at All Style & Substance who helped me by providing a useable code for the blog badge if you wish to use it & were having problems.

Here are two versions this is Adrienne’s

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Or My version – it seemed to work for me for WordPress, but who knows!!  I clearly need to start reading my Css/Html book!

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And you might be wondering what is Scruffy Badger up to?  Well, I’ve sewn the lining & cut out the dress, added tailor tacks.  Discovered that my gathered waist will fall on the opposite side due to cutting the pattern on the incorrect side of the fabric but I am not worried about that (unless I should be?!?!).  This weekend’s sewing productivity has been mainly in my head though.  With my long runs increasing (& a 10 mile race yesterday) I’ve just been plain cream crackered & have been reading by the fire rather more than usual.  (I even got the knitting out!!) Good news on the running front though, I’ve won a place in the ballot for the Great North Run in September so am mega excited about that – have heard so many wonderful things about the atmosphere & the race.

Tonight though I shall sew.  How are you all getting on?

It’s February: start of Polka Dot Frock Fest

Wowzer people! Happy February & let’s fire the starting gun for Polka Dot Frock Fest ! I am flabbergasted by the number of you who are persuaded to join in with us making a version ( or similar ) of New Look 6000 in polka dots ( or with an element of polka dottage) somewhere!! There could be more than 20 of us if my comments are any indication, plus the Twitter gang who started it off!! You’re going to have to help me keep up to date if you are part of this & want to share – leaving me a comment/ links to posts is all good!

Just wanted to show the fabric I’m going to be using. A red and white polka dot ? Crepe de chine type ( cheap from Birmingham rag market) with a mustard lining in poly cotton.


I shall be making view A with cap sleeves and * the waist gathers*.

I have not cut it out yet, and am not sure at what point in February I shall make it. But I feel it’ll be a great wedding dress for April. [Note:In my last make I used bias facing for the neck – I won’t be in this one as the fabric is not robust enough, but then as I’m lining it, facing’s are history!! Score. ] But what about a jacket? Hmmmm. That might be something else that needs thinking up in March.

How are you getting on? Chosen fabric yet?

Here is the code for the badge if you want to use it.

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[UPDATED ] OR if you have problems with it Adrienne of All Style and Substance has shared her adaptations to make it work on Blogger (if not other blog types)

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Happy FrockFesting !!


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 🙂

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:

<a href=”http://scruffybadgertime.co.uk/2011/12/new-look-6000-frock-fest-2″><img src=” http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/i374/Scruffybadgerti/frockfest1-1.jpg “></a>

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!