Oh sew professional

6 Aug

new-look-69681At the beginning of July I was New York bound for work.  It was my second trip in as many months and I was really excited but also pretty nervous truth be told. And what do I do when I’m nervous? I fixate on my clothes.

My wardrobe, I feared, lacked that certain something. So over the last few weeks of June I set about to rectify the situation to ensure I would be properly attired: new shoes, new hand bag, new blazer (I’ve yet to find the right pattern to make my own) and of course new dresses.

I decided to go for the tried and tested New Look 6968. I think this is the first dress pattern I sewed as an adult and I’ve done countless versions over the years.

First up was version A in a beautiful  chambray poka-dot print I picked up at the Knitting and Stitching show earlier this year.  It’s a color I’ve found myself really drawn to this last year. And second was version B (minus the welts) out of a  cotton I picked up at the Cloth House.  I love how it looks like  the weave of herringbone tweed but is really a lightweight cotton. I think both fabrics look really smart, yet are light weight so good for NY summer heat!

I made version A first. As I haven’t made the dress since 2014 I thought I’d recheck my measurements which are a perfect match for the size 12 on the bust and size 14 on the hips and waist. But when I pulled out the pattern I realised I’ve only ever made it in size 8 and it goes a long way in explaining why I’ve never been too happy with the fit of my last version. I must have been lazy and not checked my measurements and fit. This go-round I tried the dress on at various points along the way and all seemed well. But when all was said and done I realized that I need to use a size 10 for the upper chest and neck, and a 12 for the hips down. After a few tweaks the fit was perfect.

As the bodice has a lining I deciding to slightly change it up and not bother with the neck facing. Instead I applied some fusible interfacing to the inside around the neck of the lining. When I was sewing the right sides together at the arm hole, I went ahead and sewed the neck together too. I then pulled it inside out through the shoulders. I realized after I did this the first time, that I should have understitched the neck lining, before doing the sleeve holes.

On my second dress, version B Learned from my mistakes. I made the neckline size 10, bust  and hips 12,  and waist 14 – and the fit was just perfect. I also understitched the neck lining before doing the sleeve holes this time.

Both dress dresses came out really well have been sewn in five days and I felt really comfortable and ohh sew professional while wearing them to my meetings.




6 Responses to “Oh sew professional”

  1. Linda of Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! August 7, 2016 at 5:07 pm #

    Both lovely fabrics. This is such a perfect dress for the office.


    • rosemary August 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm #

      Thank you – I’m really pleased to have some nice work dresses. And with a blazer they look extra smart.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Colesworth August 8, 2016 at 3:37 am #

    I love both the fabrics you used. Some good variations in this pattern ;o)


  3. Jonathan Caswell June 26, 2017 at 4:27 am #

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:



  1. A few dots past the deadline | The Monthly Stitch - August 6, 2016

    […] The pattern is an old favorite: New Look 6968 (version A) made from a lovely chambray I got earlier in the spring. I spent a long time finessing the fit this time round and am really pleased with the final result. I wrote a lot more about the fitting (and actually sewed a second version of the dress in the same week) over on my blog. […]


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