Thursday, December 22, 2011

New Look 6071 - Gray and Yellow Dress

Now that I'm done with the Christmas clothing sewing, I'm turning my attention back to my Dress Warm project. For my third dress this season, I made a lightweight sleeveless knit dress. Sounds perfect for winter in Ontario, right? Actually, it has been unseasonably warm less cold but still a long way from summer-like.

New Look 6071

On it's own, this dress is not at all seasonally appropriate. But, I made it with the intention of wearing it with a long black cardigan that I picked up at a thrift store awhile back. I liked New Look 6071 when I first saw it and have been wanting to try it out.

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I give the fabric pretty mixed reviews. I used a rayon jersey - very soft and drapey and nice to touch. However, it was difficult to sew and I think it will keep growing. This dress probably won't last beyond this season, but I'm okay with that. This is the last piece of this type of knit I had in my stash and I likely won't buy any more. My local Fabricland always has a lot of it and it's tempting to purchase, but I'm always disappointed. I've learned my lesson.

The print is pretty wild. I like the yellow and grey combination and it has a bit of an animal print feel without actually being animal print. Truthfully, I like it best mostly covered up like with the cardigan and probably won't wear it otherwise. I can only do prints in small doses. Especially wild ones like this.

New Look 6071

I will use this pattern again. I really like it. The bust detail is well drafted and flattering and the instructions make it easy to do. It's also a pretty quick make. The dress could be casual or dressy depending on the fabric used. When I make it again I will use a more substantial knit. This jersey was just too flimsy. I don't know if I've ever left a dress hem raw (I just prefer a more finished look) but I did on this one. Just the thought of trying to hem this dress without turning it into a rippled, wavy mess was stressful. A less-finished look sounded good this time.

New Look 6071

Worn like this, I was plenty warm. So, technically a success given my Dress Warm goals, but this isn't a dress that I'll be reaching for real often. Both the print and the fabrication reduces its wearability for me. I do really like the cardigan and will probably be looking for another way to wear it.

3 comments:

  1. Your styling of the dress looks great (and warm)! I've made a similar vow to stop buying rayon jerseys (from JoAnns). Everything I make with them is a fail.

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  2. It's a great final styling. I can see why you were looking for something to wear under the cardigan. And I really like the hem length under the cardigan.

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  3. Cute dress and I loved how you styled it. It totally works for the winter!

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