3/26/2014

New Look 6697

New Look 6697 is an oldie but goodie dress pattern, which I first made back in 2008 and since that time have made several more.




 The pattern is a pull-over knit mock wrap dress with various options.



A woman can never have too many dresses and couldn't resist working up this taupe brushed knit fabric from Sav-a-thon Fabrics.  My latest version differs a little from my previous ones in that I went a lil longer with the skirt hem.  At 5'3", I must tread carefully with the midi length I can easily topple at the frumpy level.  However to thwart that I made sure to wear a higher heel.

This dress was paired with a Loft polka-dot burgundy blazer and 9West suede laser cut peep-toe.



For this knit in a pseudo chevron print, I again went with a longer skirt hem.  I really love wearing this dress, which I have worn twice since making it a month ago.  The horizontal print is funky fun and can be toned down with a blazer (Chadwick).  Again, I made sure to wear high heels and since the dress is full of funky fun colors, made sure my heels were neutral.



Particulars:  This dress is an easy sew, but then again I have made it a half-dozen times, so I guess it would be....lol.  The instructions are clear and concise, However, after making it several times, my construction has changed over the years.  The pattern calls for assembling the bodice first, then proceeding on with constructing the skirt. Thereafter pinning completed bodice to skirt.   However, I prefer to attach the front bodice to the front skirt and repeat same for the back and finishing with the side seams.   It just makes my life easier.  

Another change from the instructions is it calls for an elastic waistband, instead, I used 3/4" flexi lace hem tape or hem tape to create a casing 



... insert 1/2" elastic at the back only, try-on and adjust gathering, and 



sew down elastic & casing ends at side seams.





The brushed knit dress is unlined and wore a full slip, however for the pseudo chevron dress, I opted to line it.  




The instructions also calls for using facing... my take on it is... humbug... I hate facings for my knit dresses.  If its not being lined I serge 1/4" clear elastic along the neckline and then fold to the inside and final stitch. I didn't go with the pleated short sleeve and instead traced off the long sleeve for Version A and shortened.

More construction pics...








This is a simple faux wrap dress that works well for my work wardrobe.  If one is looking for a simple dress and want to showcase fabulous fabric... try NL 6697.  Also, if you are looking for more info on how to wear a midi dress, check out this link: How to Wear a Midi Dress.



Until then ... have a Great Week.

16 comments:

marysews said...

Very nice dresses - and outfits. Have you tried the plum jacket with the striped dress yet?

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

I love all of your new dresses! And you know I love how you work a pattern again and again with each successive piece better than the first one!!!

SEWN said...

Definitely a great dress pattern. Love your dresses.

Linda said...

Great dresses! Like the lace insert for the elastic casing, will have to use that technique myself in the future.

Lisa Finley said...

Love the dresses and appreciate the tip on the lace insert for the casing!!!

Sheila said...

Thanks Lisa.

Sheila said...

Hi Linda and Thanks. Using the flexi lace makes it easy.

Sheila said...

Thanks Elizabeth.

toy said...

great work Sheila, they all look amazing

Sheila said...

Hi Carolyn and Thanks. A TnT is a sure fire way to get instant gratification.

Sheila said...

Hi Mary and Thanks. The plum jacket has beige polka dots and wouldn't work with the stripe dress.

Sheila said...

Hi Toy and Thanks.

Nik said...

One of these days, I will find the power cord to my machine and sew myself a dress.

Sheila said...

Hi Nik... find that power cord and get your sewing on, however your knitting needles will be mad. ..lol

wendy said...

These are so lovely! I really like the back casing idea.

Sheila said...

Thank you Wendy.

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