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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Pattern Review- New Look 6705

Here is a review of a new tunic I made this week. I have 900 things I should be doing to get ready for my daughter's of course I made a random clothing item..It helps with the stress, ladies..

Since the eldest is busy with her exams/college classes/job, I have to use Betty as my model. Though headless, armless and short, she'll have to do for now...

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Pattern Description: 
This is a pattern for a variation on a tunic or top. 6 different choices, including sleeveless, short ruffled sleeves, pouf sleeves or wide short sleeves, Flounce or ruffle bottom and a choice of square or rounded neckline. I chose view C, which is a sleeveless tunic with a flounce bottom

Pattern Sizing:
The pattern came in a multi-size 8-18 (A) I usually wear a 4/6 in RTW tops, so I chose the 10, but graded down to an eight through the waist and flounce.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. The photo shows the top using two accented fabrics, I just used one.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were easy enough to follow. I had to redo the bias tape on the arms, but that was only because I attached it on the wrong side in the first place.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like that the top came together pretty quickly. The pleats look very nice in the cotton and I adore the flounce on the bottom. Once the pattern was finished though, I realized that the neckline bows out quite a bit when I bend. I'm not sure if I used too sturdy of an interfacing or whether or not it's the pattern..I'll have to play with it a bit in a drapier fabric. I have a longer torso, so the length is perfect. The top is definitely NOT form fitting. If you're insecure about looking thicker from a side view, this is not the shirt for you. Even with the tie in the back, the front "tents out" from the chest. Again, it may lie better in a silkier fabric.

Fabric Used:
I used a cotton batik from fabric The colors are deep and beautiful, but very busy. This is why I chose to only use one fabric.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I cut the ten, but graded into an eight under the arm to the base of the shirt/flounce

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don't wear a lot of sleeveless tops on their own; but I'm always wearing cardigans. If I could figure out how to NOT make the neckline bow out, I would absolutely make more. They are easy enough to put together and would make cute wardrobe additions.

Loved the top, save for the large neckline. It's fun to have patterns with so many variations to try. Any advice on the bowing issue would be greatly appreciated 

Back view

Back view of neckline

Side view

No sleeveless tops on their own. Cardigans all the way..

Yeah, I wear sweaters with everything... Welcome to menopause :P

Happy "What Day is it again?"


  1. I think it goes without saying that I am totally in love with this. You did a wonderful job and I love the colors. I will take 5 ASAP! I know how busy you are, but I must add that your "keep me focused on something else", creation, is really to the benefit to all of us that love the clothes you make. Just perfect!!!

    1. Thanks so much, K. I love the new batiks that are out. The colors are so bright and stay that way through washings; only they get softer!! Thanks also for understanding that sewing silly clothes is my coping mechanism for not losing my mind. Love to you :)

  2. Just beautiful! I love it! Loving the fabric you picked out! This is not nearly big enough for me, so I'll take a....ahem... lil bit bigger size. ;)

    Oh Shel, I remember when Jess's graduation was fast approaching. That HUGE knot in my stomach. I have that knot for you. Sending all my love and good wishes to Alex AND you.
    Your FF :)

    1. I'll make you anything you want, girl. Just start talking...I was just thinking about your Kaycie graduating. How fast can a year go? It doesn't even seem like it was that long ago that it was US in that situation. It's like trying to grasp the wind.... Thanks for your wishes. <3 you, F.F. :)

  3. Love it! You're so very talented! I hope the graduation goes well. Only one more year for Hannah. Time flies by.
    Thanks again for going with Katie tomorrow!

    1. Thanks Char. Hold on to this year...It will fly by! THe good news is that I'll be here to walk you through it (and laugh at you). I'm excited to see Katie at the school I love so much ;) Thanks for the lend...<3

  4. Good job shellybean, it looks great! You are a very talented and creative person. Can't wait to see the next project!

    1. Thanks, M. Next up is a cover for that "breezy" new Mac. And seven new bag orders. Let the fun begin!!

  5. Ha, I know what you mean. I've got the same problem you do with the grad. Should be doing lots of things. Instead, I drive up to a nursery near Brigham City because I cannot find a certain flower I've been looking for all over town. I am seriously diseased. But you're right. Reduces stress. Ahh.

    Best Wishes to Al and her wonderful family. You've done a great job with her, Shel. She is beautiful and I know she's a smartie pants, just like her mama:)

    Are you selling those lovely tunics? Cuz if you are, I seriously want one.

    Lots of Love, Shan

    1. Hi Shan,

      We have to do what we can to keep sane, eh? Yesterday seemed like the longest day in the world. I know we've hurried it along, but now I feel like I really can't stoop time. It's just a blur. Now we have honors night for the boys..School just needs to be over. I can see it weighing on all of the kids.

      I bet Daniel is glad to move on as well..

      Not selling the tunics. I saw you with your alliebean at graduation, though. It's like picking out someone who has your kind of car. Haha!

      Thanks for commenting.

  6. That is super cute, and congrats on being on the New Look Patterns page again!!! That is so awesome!

    1. Thank you, Savannah! I didn't even know! How fun, eh?

  7. Came here via the New Look Patterns FB page....cute top!

    1. Patty, Thank you :) Always glad to have new visitors. Stop by anytime!

  8. I know I'm a bit late to the post but on the topic of the neckline bowing out; I'd suggest that you go down a size in the yoke and then size up, (if needed) in the body of the tunic. I tell my students to choose a pattern based on their high bust measure since there are so many factors that work better; neckline, shoulders, etc. Then if needed adjust the bust - which is a much simple alteration.

    AZ Barbara

    1. Thank you so much for the advice. I had a terrible time trying to figure it out. My back is so wide that I feel like my tops are tighter than usual. I wish it was a chesty problem... I'm going to try your idea on my next blouse. Thanks again!


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