Sunday, 21 September 2014

New Look 6095; a bit of the sixties

So in my last post I mentioned how much I loved the linen look fabric in the dress I made, I loved it so much that I bought some more. 

When I was at the Miverva meet-up I saw this colour version of the fabric, and I love it.  It is great to wear, wash and sew and the good news is they still have it in and in another colour-way.  I although I  now have 2 dresses already I am still tempted to buy more.  I knew I wanted to colour-block it with some duck-egg blue linen which I found on ebay.  New Look       had a separate band at the bottom and I just needed to draft my own separate yoke.

I had to drop the back darts about 1" to work around a yoke.  The pattern was an easy make, it was only trying to get the yoke and bottom band really even which took a fair bit of fiddling.  I was pleased with how the invisible zip went in even over the colour block seams

I'm also pretty pleased with the top-stitching.

 I also lined the dress in poly-cotton which is very comfortable and which gave the linen a bit more substance and made the zip nice and tidy inside.

 The only thing I don't really like is that the mini-cap sleeves mean that the inside of the sleeve is rather visible from the outside, and you can see the overlocking if you look closely.

This is a shift dress though with some shaping at the waist, which  is a very different style of dress to the waist-cinching ones I usually like making.   I'm channelling  a bit of a sixties vibe here (a bit of disco maybe!)

I didn't know if I would like it, but I really do, and I've probably had more complements over this dress than any others I've made.  I just love the colour combination and I've worn it 10 times already!  Its quite smart for work with a jacket, or more casual with a cardie and flat shoes. 

I would recommend this pattern.  I cut a size 14, and the only changes made were to take an inch from the waist length (my usual adjustment) and to length by about 4". 

My Great British Bake Off challenge continues: for biscuit week I made Florentines (judges comments would probably have been "rather big and irregular, but good flavour"

....for bread week cinnamon and raisin bread "underproved but good flavour"

and for pie week plum and custard flan "crème pat. has held well, nice flavours, the pastry is overworked ..... but NO SOGGY BOTTOM"

I've missed dessert week as I can't really take the results round to friends and I'm not particularly fancying any of the European cake ideas.   I've been enjoying a bit of baking, but I certainly wouldn't have been a star baker, though the product has been enjoyed at work.  I just love Nancy referring to the "male judge"!

According to the forecast the temperature has dropped now, and so I enjoyed possibly the last of the really warm summer walks on Friday after work.  This is my favourite walk just a few minutes from where I live, how lucky am I?  Views of the fells,  the sea and Sizergh castle, it doesn't get much better.

happy dogs ....

 and the cows walking slowly to be milked with their calves trotting after their mums

By the way, my lack of posting has been somewhat due to losing my photographer now Dan is no longer here.  These photos are my attempts at self-timing so not great, but hopefully practice will make perfect (or better at least) so posting will become more regular.

Jessie has also been enjoying the sun, but in the house, making herself comfy against my favourite cross stich cushion which I made ages ago.

I've had a lovely weekend and looking forward to next weekend and Yarndale.  If any one is going, there is going to be a bloggers' meet-up at 1.00 on Saturday.  Let me know if you are going.


  1. I think that might be my favourite of all the dresses you've made. The colour blocking works beautifully and your finishing is excellent. I like your GBBO challenges! I am enjoying it this year, although every series makes me realise I am not really that good a baker, which thankfully doesn't deter me one bit. :-) xx

  2. Hi Mags. Love the dress, the colour blocking is great. I'm hoping to go to Yarndale, so hopefully will bump into you. Jilly x

    1. Jane was giving a meeting time of one o'clock sat at the main entrance so I'm giving that a try hope to see you there (though there are two entrances!) x