8/7/15

Frankenpattern New Look 6684 & Simplicity 1663

I've had a love/hate relationship with maxis.  A few years ago, I made several and wore them for that summer, but as the following summer rolled around, I just wasn't feeling how I looked in them.  In came a refashion, of the 6 that I made I cut 4 of them to dresses and they have worked well since the refashion.  The other 2 which are strapless, are mainly worn around the house/backyard.

With summer in full effect again and seeing so many beautiful maxis being worn, I starting thinking, give it another try.  Decided the best style that would work for me is a maxi with a waist seam... don't ask why, I just believe that to be.

In come New Look 6684: Coordinates, dress, top, jacket & pants...




and Simplicity 1663Misses' pull-on skirts, pants and shorts have elastic waist. Skirt in mini length has optional trim or maxi length sheer overskirt with slits. Shorts are above knee length. 

For fabric, I used a sheer printed poly from Virgo Fabrics.   Used the upper bodice of NL6684, Version C and lengthened 2" and partially followed the pattern's instructions for the upper bodice.  Used  the skirt of S1663, Version C.  The instructions for the skirt requires for 4 cut panels, but I cut 2 on the fold.  

For the bodice neckline I serged the opening to desired height, and folded the neckline raw edges in twice and final stitched, then attached the skirt to the bodice. I decided to go with side slits for the skirt and serged the side seams just below my knee and finished off the slit raw edges.  Used the same fold twice & stitch method for the armholes and hemline too.  Added a casing at the waist seam and inserted a 1/2" elastic and gathered to desired circumference.


In order to make this maxi public appropriate, I made a spaghetti strap dress as the underlayer, using an ity navy knit ...

and Burda 6964Shapewear for absolute shape retention, form-fitting and figure-enhancing. Indispensable for body-hugging outfits made of jersey. Beside its strong shaping effect, the material provides perfect wearing comfort. 
This went together quickly and used the fashion fabric as binding for the neckline, armholes and straps.  I left the hemline raw... done.


What I love about this ensemble is being able to wear the underlayer as a dress solo for a date nite or under a blazer for work.


Wore this ensemble and it was perfect for New York temps... easy, breezy and effortless.
Until then,
Have a Great Day !

17 comments:

Bonnie said...

Oh, I really like your dress. I'm very interested in your frankenpattern makes. I have my favorite skirt pattern that I mix with different top patterns, making a dress to my liking.
You look beautiful, Great job!
Bonnie @ www.sewplus.blogspot.com

Andrea said...

Beautiful and you look great in it. Lovely job.

JuliaRu said...

Nice!

Sheila said...

Thank you Bonnie.

Sheila said...

Thank you Andrea.

Sheila said...

Thank you Julia.

Levone said...

Pretty dress! Your refashioning has me reviewing some items I have made but do not wear but love the fabric. Thanks for sharing not only your new projects but those as well.

RatRace said...

I would have never noticed that Burda pattern if you did not share it in this post.

You are on a roll with sewing and posting. Thank you.

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

This is absolutely stunning! I love how you frankenpatterned the two patterns. So my question is will you make more maxis now?

Sheila said...

Thank you Levone. Go for it, it's amazing what a lil refashion can do for a garment.

Sheila said...

You are welcome. . That lingerie pattern is perfect for making slips or dresses.

Sheila said...

Thank you Carolyn. I had a day full of running around and it was surprisingly perfect. I had to be careful of exiting cars & doors... there a was an instant of the skirt hem getting caught. I made another one, but not sure how I feel about it.

Styling Me said...

This is pretty and it looks good on you. I am with Carolyn, will you make more maxis?

Sheila said...

Thank you Lucy. I made another one and feel a lil off with it. Thinking a lil more tinkering with the armholes will help me. Right now I feel like I should be on the set of lil house on the prairie.

Mariela Alethia said...

Public appropriate? 😂. Love the maxi.

Sheila said...

Thank you. Lol... yes public appropriate, the maxi is seriously see-thru.

Sheila said...

Thank you. Lol... yes public appropriate, the maxi is seriously see-thru.