Shorts with Pockets – New Look 6100 Pattern Review

FYI, I wrote this last year and never took pictures so sorry in advance.  Spring and Summer are almost here and I want/need more shorts. Since I’ve been sewing so much I decided to try my hand at making them instead of buying them.    I found the New Look 6100 pattern, and decided to purchase it.  Next we need fabric, right?  I wanted something substantial, yet soft.  On a whim at lunch one Friday, I stopped by a local fabric shop that caters to bridal customers (unfortunately this shop has since closed 😦 ).  I found this white satin in their remnant bin, it certainly fit the requirements of stiff yet soft at the same time.

As a pattern review, I used View A from the envelope.  This pattern is straightforward and the instructions are clear.  I don’t wear belts, so I omitted the carriers and tie. I interfaced the waistband with fusible interfacing instead of organza.  🙂 I have to admit, I was hesitant about adding the cuffs, very hesitant.  But when I tried the shorts on during construction, I decided that the cuffs would be necessary for the shorts to be flattering.  I continued following the instructions and added them with no issues.

I like the crisp clean lines of these shorts. Even though they sit higher on the waist than I prefer (I’m a low rise kind of girl), I think they are flattering. I was excited about them after I made them and wore them to a WCS (West Coast Swing) dance that weekend.  Someone looking at them asked me to turn around slowly, and then said “I’m not trying to be rude, but where’s the zipper?”  I showed them the side and said, “It’s invisible!”  Think that means I inserted it well enough? LOL FYI, the top they are pictured with is Lekala 5665, which I made this week, and the review can be read here.

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Strokes of Fire Colors Dress – New Look 6301 Pattern Review

While perusing Fabric Mart Fabrics, i stumbled across this knit and fell in love.  It reminded me of fire, for some reason, so I think of it as my strokes of fire colors dress.  I have had New Look 6301 in my stash for a while, so I decided to use this fabric to try it out.  I was most interested by View D, the sleeveless version with a straight skirt.  What do you think of the result?

As a pattern review, I made View D, in a size 8.  I noticed the ties looked a little short, so I cut the the size 20 length of them.  I liked the pleats in the skirt and I thought the pleats in the bodice were interesting, but ultimately I don’t prefer them.  I also think the ties would need to be longer for me to really like what they would add to the dress.  It was very comfortable to wear all day, though, so that’s a plus.  I’m glad I finally made a dress from this pattern, but I’m not thrilled with the result.  I think I just like other wrap dresses better on me.

Simple Tops For Fall – New Look 6108 Pattern Review

Do you ever buy fabric for a purpose, then change your mind, then go back to your original idea, and then change your mind, and then put it away and let it sit for a while?  I won’t lie, I do.  Last year, I intended to use this fabric to newlook-sportswear-pattern-6108-envelope-frontmake pants for a dance competition, but later nixed the idea and set the fabric aside in my stash for a later time.  Since I’m currently in stash busting mode, I pulled it out and put it to work.  So now I have two purple and silver shimmery tops from New Look 6108.

I picked up this pattern last year as well, but never got around to trying it out.  I made a size 4 in View A and View B.  The instructions were easy to follow but my copy had some printed mistakes.

View A: #7 says to stitch 1/4″ away from the edge and 1/4″ below the just stitched line. That didn’t make sense to me, since that would put it on the edge of the fabric, so instead I stitched  1/4″ above the first stitched line. Maybe if you’re using a zigzag stitch, that might make sense, however I straight stitched the entire shirt.


View B,C: #5 says for View C, but gives directions for twisting the shoulders of View B. It also says twist two times, but that only works if you consider 1 twist = 180 degrees. I tried it with two full 360 degree twists and it would not have looked like the pattern drawing or envelope picture.

I also found both patterns to be rather short on length, so instead of using the drafted depth of hems marked on the patterns,  I used narrow hems instead.

Either way, I like them both and will most likely make them again.  Happy Sewing! 🙂

It’s A Shirt Not A Dress – New Look 6345 Pattern Review

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I saw this pattern and thought it would be a flattering style.  I made it in an afternoon, and wore it that night to a West Coast Swing social dance.  I was excited that I may have found a good pattern for a competition shirt. This is Louisiana, and whether it’s night or not, it’s hot, so I wore it with shorts. Several people told me it looked quite “pin-up” and that it was a pretty dress.  I didn’t think anything of them referring to it as a dress and not a top or shirt.  I should have paid more attention because a few of them must not have been able to see my shorts, initially. After a dance with a leader who spun me like a top, Someone came up to me and told me that it came up while I was spinning and i shouldn’t wear a dress like that to dance.  When I replied that it’s a shirt, not a dress, I was told, “Oh, so that’s why you’re wearing shorts.”  Conversations that make you go, hmmmm…

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Anyway, shorts don’t fit our business dress code but white pants do, so laundry and a week later, here it is for everyone to see.  As a pattern review, I made View B without using a contrast fabric in the smallest size.  This blue and white polka dot cotton was on sale and purchased for something else, so the zipper is 2 inches shorter than the envelope suggests, but that didn’t affect the outcome. I did unintentionally end up with the zipper on the right side. Oops lol, but I like the crossover front and the silhouette. I measured the pattern for the tunic version (View A) and it’s four inches longer, so a shorter person may be able to get away with it as a dress.  The smallest size can accommodate more than I have in the bust area, but I may alter that on another version.  Hope you like it, now I’m going to leave you with the back view of my pretty gathers and crisp hem  🙂
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Vests Are For Girls Too – New Look 6914 Pattern Review

I saw vests all summer and fall, only problem with that is that they were all on guys. I wanted one! (Or two or three or you get the point…) So I found a pattern for a basic one for women, New Look 6914.

Now, I have a bone to pick with this pattern.  I chose the smallest size and made a test.  The muslin seemed slightly bigger than I would prefer but I made the first one in that size and lined to see for sure. It was a little too big.

I wear between a 0-4 in ready to wear. Which, according to the back of the envelope, would be a Size 12. There was no way I was going to make a 12.  The back of the envelope also had the size 4 garment measurement as 35 for the bust. So, I made the 4 and it was too big. Need I say more about the poor sizing guide?

Other than that, I redrafted the necessary pieces and made a smaller one. The second one fits as it should.  For both vests I used View A, with the faux welt pockets of View B and I didn’t use a buckle belted back.

The first version is a white polyester jacquard with a light pink satin lining, the interfacing used was either a nylon or polyester organza. The second version is a red and black crushed taffeta, with a black satin lining, and the same type of interfacing.  I typically wear it with a bandeau and not full shirt underneath, but I wore it to work for the pictures below.

I must admit, I am disappointed that the smallest size came out too large. However, after the necessary adjustments I am pleased with this pattern for a basic vest.  I used covered buttons on both for a cleaner finish.