Grid-Print Decisions

IMG_3892I recently bought this crepe fabric as part of my first ever online fabric order!

I got this and three other fabrics from Remnant Kings, and I’ll definitely be shopping on their website again. I’ve always been wary of buying fabrics online because you don’t get the opportunity to physically see and feel the fabric before you buy it, so you don’t know exactly what you’re getting. That wasn’t a problem at all though and I was really pleased with all the fabrics in my delivery. The materials were all true to their description online, both texture and colour-wise. It’s almost a bit dangerous though, knowing how easy it is now to buy fabric just whenever I fancy…

So this grid-print fabric is everywhere at the moment and I now have two metres of the stuff – so what to make?! These are my options:

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This top from Topshop has a sheer back, which I can replicate using the boxy top pattern of Simplicity 1366.

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These shorts are also part of the Topshop set. I could use Simplicity 1371 to make a similar pair with a higher waist.

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Or, back to my old favourite, the shift dress!

Would it be bad if I made them all? Possibly grid-print overkill…

New Look Pattern 9065

Another of my favourite patterns!

So here’s my pattern review for New Look 9065…

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It’s brilliant, buy it!

I’ve made this dress three times now, twice in polyester panama and once in a viscose print. It’s so easy to make and the fit is so flattering. The darts at the bust and in the back create that shape, but neither are too tricky to do. There’s a zip down the back which you can either do as an invisible zip or just normal, which is what I went for.

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The green and pale blue versions are both in polyester panama, which I think makes them fairly smart – I hope so anyway, I wear the green version all the time for work! I absolutely love the colour of the pastel blue dress, but unfortunately I think its quite a summery shade so I haven’t had a chance to wear it recently.

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I think this viscose print version is my favourite though.

Great for a night out, but just stick tights, boots and a baggy cardigan on with it and it works as a daytime look too.

So as you may have gathered, I highly recommend this pattern! It’s versatile, works with different fabrics and always makes a really flattering dress.

I have heard others say the sizings are a bit big on it, but I think it depends what you’re after. I cut my normal size and it was perfect.

New Look Pattern 6143

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 I LOVE this pattern.

As you can see, I’ve made it a lot. Definitely got my money’s worth out of this one!

This pattern is so easy to make and such a great shape. As always with New Look patterns the instructions are clear and easy to follow. I’d highly recommend this for anyone, beginner or not, as it makes such a nice dress!

  I’ve made it in polycotton (the pink flowery print), jersey (the last two photos) and polyester crepe (the first dress). Although it did work in the jersey fabric it was better in the other two non-stretch materials.

I’ve made both versions, with and without sleeves, and dresses for casual, going out and work wear. This pattern is so versatile!

It features two lots of darts at the bust which makes the bodice fitted, and box pleats in the skirt. There is a zip down the back that you choose to be invisible or just normal, so it’s a really simple but effective pattern.

I’m not quite done with it yet – I’d like to try view E, the sleeveless variation with a sheer panel too. Probably won’t bother with the tie belt though as its a bit too fussy for my taste.

New Look Shirt 6304

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I finally managed to finish this shirt!

I decided to make shirt D of New Look pattern 6304, a slightly cropped, short-sleeved shirt, using pastel purple chiffon and white polycotton for a contrasting white collar and front band, inspired by a shirt from French Connection.

I’m pretty pleased with how it’s turned out. Chiffon is such a pretty fabric but so tricky! I worked really hard to make sure it moved as little as possible while I was cutting out the pattern, to try and keep it as accurate as possible. I therefore used my rotary cutter and cutting board, which definitely helped.

Actually sewing the chiffon was all about the French seams and topstitching, which are both techniques I haven’t really done before. I also attempted and failed at a rolled hem, so the hems aren’t as neat as I’d like them to be.

I used polycotton, a much more stable and easy to work with fabric, for the collar and front band. I think the two fabrics work well together, and the polycotton holds the shape of the collar and the buttonholes much better than I think chiffon would have.

It has been a challenge!

The best part though has been learning how to use the one-step buttonhole foot on my machine. I’ve always avoided buttons because I didn’t know how to use it, but not any more! I watched a Singer tutorial on YouTube which I’d really recommend.

As for the pattern itself – it was great! Really clear instructions, which I so needed, and I love the shirt I’ve produced. I would make it again too, although not views B or C with the frillyness at the bottom (not my style), and definitely not in chiffon!

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