The challenge from Handmade Jane was, for one week, to wear one pattern (OWOP!). Anyone who’s followed me at all won’t be surprised to see what I wore… It’s New Look #6723. I don’t need to tell you I love this pattern! Here’s why:
1. It’s easy to fit. The princess-seamed bodice gives you six ways to adjust so it can be customized to most any body shape.
2. It’s easy to wear. Gathered skirts are both comfortable and practical. They don’t show every little wrinkle from sitting or seat belts, and they’re obviously nice and loose – perfect for hot summer days. (What will be my excuse when it’s winter?)
3. It’s flattering. I think for most women making your waist a focal point is a good thing. I don’t make my dresses tight at the waist because I’m all about comfort, but the overall nipped-in shape is an effortless way to look like a girl!
Slash neck version in newsprint cotton, lined with peach cotton lawn; invisible zip.
Alexander Henry ‘Flores de Coyoacan’ in chartreuse, unlined, with homemade bias finished armholes, faced neckline, orange exposed zipper and lime green pockets.
Sweetheart neckline, unlined, faced. I can’t remember… is this Anna Marie Horner? Dear Stella? Tula?
Jazzy Vlisco wax print with red silk lining and pockets; red invisible zipper.
‘Smokestack City’ by Alexander Henry, lined with white cotton lawn; invisible zipper.
Tula Pink raccoons on the skirt and Moda swirls for the bodice. I added extra fullness to the skirt, lined the bodice with purple silk and used a navy exposed zipper.
I modified this one with a V-neckline, an exposed turquoise zipper and handmade bias binding to finish the armholes. The fabric is Alexander Henry’s ‘Folklorico’ in eggplant.