The other day I was in the mood to sew up something quick, after all those weeks spent on the coat. I had some mid-brown cotton/lycra jersey I'd bought a few months ago to make New Look 6071, so I decided to get that out.
Now, I've made this dress twice before, and while I wasn't 100% happy with either of those makes, they weren't failures either. I wish I'd taken the time though to read through my previous post, because the very first thing I did was to cut the body out without adding on the extra 2" in length that I did last time. Of course, I hadn't bothered to alter my pattern last time, thinking that I'd remember. Heh.
What I didn't like about the first two dresses is that they were both made from very thin, drapey jersey. I thought I'd fix that by buying this heavier, more stable jersey. I fixed it a little too well. So, in addition to being too short, the dress also doesn't have enough drape - and the bindings around the armhole are really too thick. Somewhere out there is a fabric that's a happy medium, but I'm not sure I have the fortitude to go out and find it. I may have to break up with this pattern.
And how do you like it with that sweater? I think they go well together. But I bought this fabric specifically to go with another sweater I can't figure out how to wear - and of course, the color is all wrong. Sigh. Computer monitor, why you got to do me like that?
I made this dress in anticipation of going out with some friends for kebab this weekend - I was thinking of it as a more feminine version of stretchy pants. But I have to wear a super heavy-duty girdle with this one, so I think I'm going to have to find a plan B.
What do you guys think of New Look patterns? This is the only one I've used (and I only own one other, which I'm now afraid to use). I was a little incensed because the instructions contained a glaring mistake that should have been caught by a tech editor, and which made the construction much more confusing than it needed to be.