Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Another New Look 6217 skirt…and top

I told you I wasn't finished with New Look 6217 just yet! After helping my friend Emma to make her Budgie Skirt I had a sudden yearning to make another one for myself. The good thing about this pattern is that both front and back pieces are cut on the fold (the zip's in the side seam). So as long as you have a wideish piece of fabric where the selvedges can be folded into the centre, you only need a very small amount. Gratifyingly I managed to use up the last half metre of stretch polka dot denim from my Ultimate Trousers, yes!


I sewed a straight size 12 again, but could probably have done with sizing down at the waist as the fabric has so much stretch to it. I'm intending to wear this skirt a LOT over the coming months though, so it's nice to know I'll have a bit of a pie eating safety net built in!

To finish the waist I made self bias binding instead of the twill tape the pattern specifies. Because of the stretch in the fabric I cut the binding on the straight grain instead of the bias and it worked a treat. 


But wait, there's more….. I picked up two lovely Swiss Dot cottons (one red, one navy) at the Fabric Godmother Open Day on Saturday and the red one seems to have magically transformed itself into a New Look 6217 top! I've used Swiss Dot fabric once before when I made a sleeveless Granville shirt and it's perfect for summer dressmaking. I underlined the pattern pieces on that occasion as the fabric was very transparent, but didn't bother this time as the colour is much darker. The resulting top is beautifully light and airy for summer, I definitely think this pattern benefits from using a fabric with lots of drape.


As before (here and here) I sewed a size 12 at the bust, grading down to a 10 at the waist and hips. I lengthened the pattern by one inch this time and it's a nice length on me either tucked in or untucked. As the fabric is quite fine I used French seams throughout and finished the neckline with red bias tape from my stash. Easy peasy.

It's also a perfect match with my new skirt! Have a good day!












26 comments:

  1. This is so lovely! Thanks for posting about this pattern also...I have made two tops from it so far after seeing it on your blog! :)

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    1. Aw that's so great to hear, hooray! x

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  2. loving your polka dot skirt and the red top is perfect for summer! Think I may just have to make a couple of those tops for work ....

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  3. perfedt combination. I keep meaning to get some swiss dot fabric - still haven't got round to it!

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    1. You should get some Tamsin it's lovely - a bit like 1970's cheesecloth! x

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  4. It looks great! Another prefect example of how versatile this pattern is. Love that polka-dot print for this skirt. Nice job ;)

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  5. I love this skirt. I've got this pattern (after seeing your first top version), but didn't register the skirt - which happens to be just the thing I'm after!

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    1. The skirt is fab Shivani, give it a go! x

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  6. I love this pattern too - I have made the trousers twice. I have only used stretch fabric for the top (three times) so I might give the top a go with cotton lawn. Jo x

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    1. I'm the opposite - I'm keen to make a stretch version of the top! x

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  7. Gorgeous - both skirt and top are really lovely and match so well!

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    1. Thank you, they do go well together! x

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  8. Both look lovely on you but I particularly love the skirt. I must find time to make this. Good tip about replacing the twill tape with bias bias binding cut on the straight grain.

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    1. The skirt is a great pattern! I would only cut binding on the straight grain if the fabric is very stretchy (as mine was). x

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  9. Lovely skirt. :) So gratifying to finish up bits of nice fabric.

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  10. What classic, lovely - and entirely fun - pieces. I especially like your skirt. It reminds me that I need more polka dot print ones in my own closet.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

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    1. I don't think you can go far wrong with a polka dot skirt! x

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  11. Super outfit, love both makes, I'm a fan of Swiss dot fabric esp in our mini heat wave, and you can't go wrong with a polka skirt.

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    1. Totally agree on both points! x

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  12. Love the red top with the blue jeans, and the cute shoes. Such a great outfit.

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  13. Great top and fab skirt. I love a skirt with a little pie eating room built in too!

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    1. They're the best aren't they?! x

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