After making quite a number of v-neck knit dresses recently (yikes 5!), I knew it was time to find a different look. Enter: the simple shift.
There are a number of shifts floating around in blog land courtesy of the Colette Laurel pattern, but given I am not the model size for Colette patterns, I opted for New Look 6145. My experience with New Look patterns has generally been good and I like the price tag too!
The other reason for choosing the New Look pattern was that I was trying to copy an old ponte shift dress that I own from way back. The bust darts on it are angled, like on the New Look pattern, which I think helps with shaping under the bust too.
I really like this dress. It’s simple and skims over the body without gripping. The fabric, purchased from the Remnant Warehouse recently, is a little mesh-like so I plan to wear it with a slip which will also prevent it gripping to my tights.
Can you believe that I love this fabric so much I even made a toile of the pattern? Technically this is wearable, but really not my style.
And in the interest of full disclosure my friends – in an effort to trial new stretch patterns, I may have experienced an epic fail!
New Look 6071 – Slightly too big around the bust…
and look at that mess at the back!!!!
While this isn’t too hard to fix, at the moment I can’t be bothered. I might try this again in a nicer fabric, but for now, this will head to the re-fashion pile.
Win some – lose some!
Pattern: New Look 6145 download from Sewingpatterns.com = $4.70
Fabric: 1.5m mesh knit from The Remnant Warehouse = $14.95
Thread and interfacing from stash
Fabric for toile: 1.5m mesh knit from The Remnant Warehouse = $8.95
Total inc toile: $28.60
Pattern: New Look 6071 from ??? $6 ???
Fabric: 1.5m cotton knit on sale from Lincraft = $7.50
Thread from stash