new look patterns are wtf

28 Mar

i’m in the process of making a dress for my sister. she wanted something simple – a white dress with a halter neckline that hit a little below the knee. we went to the fabric store & she picked out new look 6457, view D. the fabric is a linen-look polyester something from joann’s. pretty simple stuff.

new look 6457

i started cutting out the muslin last weekend, and i hate to say this on a public internet forum but that stupid pattern has to be one of the most frustrating patterns i’ve ever worked with – and i’ve tackled ~advanced~ patterns without breaking a sweat! i’ve sewn new look patterns before, although i generally try to avoid them (they include soo much wearing ease; one really ends up going down several sizes to get a good fit. crazy stuff!). this one in particular was just drafted like shit.

case in point:
pattern wtf
this is the bodice front & bodice side back pattern pieces. those two are supposed to match up, except the side back is a good 1.5″ longer than the side of the bodice. the hell? i re-read the instructions several times, re-checked my cutting to make sure i hadn’t inadvertently cut the wrong size, ensured that i was using the correct pattern pieces… nope, just a big bad drafting error on new look’s part.

i went ahead & sewed them together:
it matches up to the notch?
the top of the bodice matches the notch at the side back… i mean, that kinda makes sense. right??

sewn & folded over
i ended up just folding the stupid thing over and pressing the hell out of it. this is just the muslin, i will trim off the excess on the real deal.

it’s really frustrating when pattern pieces don’t match up – the excess that these were off (especially on the top of the bodice, which shouldn’t vary wildly between sizes) is ridiculous!

anyway, we fit the bodice to my sister & the waistline ended up being quite a bit too big. i’m not really surprised, considering the pattern company we’re dealing with here, but i did base the size cut off the finished measurements, so it is annoying when those are off (but, like i said, not really surprised here!).

oh well, hopefully the finished dress will be presentable enough to post pictures of :)

on a happier note, i’ve made quite a bit of headway on the ceylon:
dress front
all it needs now is 16 buttons & buttonholes and a new hem!
i bought a bit of white lace to face the hemline. the buttons are 3/4″ self-fabric covered buttons :) oh, and that piping at the waistline will match when everything is sewn together… it’s just pinned haphazardly on the form right now.

dress yoke
i LOVE the neckline/yoke. so crisp and pretty!

cute picture of the day:
sophie
my little brother/sister-in-law’s kitten, sophie, who i had the pleasure of kitten-sitting this past weekend.
isn’t she adorbs?! she’s even cuter in real life :)

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2 Responses to “new look patterns are wtf”

  1. Lindsay March 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    Gah I love reading your pattern bashing!!

  2. Josephine April 17, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    I completely get what you mean about New Look patterns. I’m currently attempting my first dress and it’s New Look 6910 and I love it, but the instructions are really frustrating. At first I thought it was because I’m a beginner, but I’ve run the pattern and instructions/directions past some very advanced sewers and their general response was WTF? I’m going to finish it because the cut of it looks really good on me, but I’m not sure how or when.

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