New Look 6808:
I whipped up a quick muslin of View A, with the 3/4 sleeves, and found out that it really is what they claim: easy! And the fit is quite nice...I may need to take a closer look at some other New Look patterns :) I did do my usual alterations - forward/sloping/narrow shoulders, and sizing out at the waist and hips. And I discovered a new adjustment for a gaping neckline, detailed here in my previous post.
The pattern calls for a side zipper, but I really questioned just how helpful that would be, and definitely did NOT want to install a zip in my fabric choice, so I was relieved when just a tiny bit of contortionist wiggling allowed me to get the muslin on. I ended up not adding the waistline darts in the final, because of my fabric choice.
I will try this pattern again, and use the darts if I want a more fitted look.
Enough words....here are the results:
The more Casual Look:
Dressier, and Tucked In:
What I like about this pattern: Very nice fit that's adjustable with the darts, my favorite sleeve length, with a little touch of uniqueness at the sleeve hem, a neckline that works well for me, and everything is simple enough to be altered very easily. Definitely a winner!
What I like about the top I made: The fabric!!! LOVE this fabric! It can be dressed up or down, and I think this particular combo of white/black & shading is good on me, which is REALLY nice to find, because I love black and white, but often have a hard time finding shades that love me.
- A gaping neckline can be fixed pretty easily - Yay!
- If you know your fabric is fray prone, plan on french seams or binding the SA's ahead of time. Just do it already.
- A pattern with simple lines can be golden - sometimes you need to look beyond what's on the pattern envelope - the cheesy fabric prints & cutesy ruffles and bows - and see the great bones that hold it all together :) (Note: Please don't take offense if you DO like cheesy fabric prints & ruffles & bows....eye of the beholder & all that... And truth is, I DO like those things on some people; just not me) ;-)
Now, I'm off to do a bit of gift sewing...but first, I'll leave y'all with this:
Happy Holiday Crafting, for those of you who are not taking it easy in the next few weeks....