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Thursday, May 24, 2012

My New Look 6913 and New Look Summer Pattern Picks

New Look 6913 View C.
I bought this hankie print fabric on my Tokyo trip and am working on a matching dress with gingham trim for Gigi. I love this hankie print voile fabric. This top will be cute with my khaki skinny cargos and my brown gladiator sandals for everyday wear.
Read below for my patterns picks and tips on working with New look patterns. New Look patterns are the budget spin off from Simplicity patterns.
New Look Patterns are usually pretty simple and straightforward. I find a lot of their patterns to be the the simple wearable types that you grab for everyday wear.
If you live near a US Joann fabric store, these patterns are all on sale this weekend, 5 for 5 dollars !

I made  View C for my top and think it's a great basic summer blouse.
When shopping for any of the commercial patterns, I would suggest you always look at the LINE DRAWINGS on the envelope. It is hard to see past the terrible fabrics on the envelopes if you don't, and you might pass up a great pattern!
My next suggestion for working with commercial patterns is always to make the pattern at least one size, or maybe even two sizes smaller than the patterns specified on the envelope for your measurements!
According to my measurements I should be wearing a size 14 in this pattern but I made it in a size 10 and it fits perfect.

Read below to see my summer pattern picks by New look:

My pick for this New Look 6122  knit dress pattern above is view A. I have to have bra friendly styles or the dress will just sit in my closet. I would make it in a tiny stripe since I am crazy about stripes. Or perhaps make my own print with some Balinese fabric stamps I bought recently? Hmmm......

For New Look 6648 I love the sleeveless version D. It is another knit pattern which is perfect for summer. View D reminds me of a top I bought at Urban Outfitters in a pretty pinkish taupe color. I wore that top to death!

I love the vintage feel of these New Look 6100 shorts. View B would be great is a drapey fabric like rayon challis. That would be very forties. View A would be cute in a light blue chambray.

I would make view E+ J+ L in New Look 6774 above in a cute blue or red seersucker for summer. I love the pockets! I would sew some cute buttons to the pockets.

I think New Look 6950 View A above would look great in a navy and blue knit stripes, giving it a fun nautical look. I would make the matching pants in navy linen.
You could sew some buttons on one shoulder and down the edges of the pockets to give it a sailor vibe.

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  1. New Look patterns are on sale? Awesome! Every time I go to the Simplicity sale New Look and Burda patterns are excluded.

  2. I love New Look 6931 and the blouse you made from it! The long maxi dresses are just perfect for those super hot and sunny days.

  3. We pay $10 for New Look patterns. 5 patterns for $5... wow!!!! Love the fabric and style of your new blouse...

  4. I adore your summer top Justine, your Japanese fabric is ace! Thanks also for the New Look inspiration, such nice patterns when you get past the ugly front covers ;o)

  5. Simplicity patterns are on sale, but New Look is always excluded. I love your picks above and resisting making a "to buy" list...I do not need any other patterns. Nope, no no no. Butterick has their new collection online now too!

  6. Oh, I really like those maxi dresses. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  7. Fun to retro look things. Those lines are figure flattering, too.

  8. Oh yes, your top is way better than any of the artwork on the pattern! I'm sewing my first Simplicity pattern now and realized after cutting I was cutting to the finished dimension rather than the measurement suggestion. Fingers crossed it works, but it's about 2 sizes smaller than they say I am, so it was reassuring to see your tip!

    1. Dont worry I always make my things one to two sizes smaller with simplicity.

  9. I love your top and fabric, gorgeous! I agree New Look has lots of fun patterns. I have a few of these you have highlighted and they truly are my go to everyday clothes.

  10. Your version of this top is fabulous! I really love it. I have the shorts pattern and am anxious to make it up myself. I am lucky that there is one store here who sells these patterns for around $3.50. Good price for Maui :-)


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