Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New Look 6071 and the floral sundress

Buying fabric is exciting. The little thrill of creativity that strikes when you see it. Touching it. Getting inspired to make that something you can’t live one more moment without. 
Often I buy fabric with only a vague idea of what I’ll make from it. When I get home I race to hunt out the perfect pattern, hoping there’s enough.
The first time I made NL 6071 two years ago I used an old Indonesian batik sarong. It quickly became my favourite summer frock, so comfortable and easy to wear, with just enough va-voom at the décolletage for me. Now it’s getting very thin its been worn so much. Time to make a new one.

Two and two came together when I saw this floral cotton in
The Fabric Store (previously Global Fabrics).
Both times I’ve made NL 6071 I’ve completely ignored the pattern is designed for stretch fabrics, because by carefully measuring pattern pieces, cutting a couple of sizes larger than “my size” and adding a zip, it can be made out of non-stretch fabric. I also lengthen the skirt by 10cm to a more “lady-like” length, and this time added short sleeves.

Did I mention it’s easy to make? Seriously, the bust wrap twisty thing is no where near as hard as it looks.
I love it so much, I’m even posting a ‘selfie’ wearing it to work yesterday, taken during my lunch break on the Petone wharf in a föhn wind (just caught the tripod before it blew over).

necklace and earrings = Trade Aid, sunglasses = ZenniOptical
watch = Skargen, purple suede pumps = Coopers Shoes


  1. This fabric is gorgeous and I love the twisty front style. Great dress and a great fit on you

    1. Thanks, I'm wearing it for the second time today, getting heaps of compliments. Women love a pretty frock, don't they? I also have a little crush on your Simplicity 2245 smock - I'll have to keep an eye out for that pattern.

  2. That's a great pattern. I love the fabric you selected - a nice summer dress. Just bring on the summer weather now!

    1. Heading to a wedding in Brisbane next week - this dress is on the top of the list to wear for the nuptials.
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.