Pattern Review – New Look 6803

Isn’t this turning out to be the month of dresses?

As we embark on the start of our summer heatwave, here’s a dress post for just the thing ’cause there’s nothing like a fabulous cotton tunic dress to wear when it’s stinking hot!!! The cotton for this season has to be our popular seersucker cotton in the Flower and Imazu Spot range from our last Japanese shipment. It was an absolute hit! You may have already seen Grumbles’ gorgeous dress in the Cherry, and Crafty Dogma’s top in the Night colourway. Well, here’s the Navy combination made up in New Look 6803 pattern.

I met Chris at our Melbourne store when I was there last December. Ever-ready with my camera, Chris kindly allowed me to photograph her tunic dress and emailed me the details on the pattern alterations.

Chris cut out view C in New Look 6803 but omitted the sleeves, instead lowering the shoulder slope and subsequently the armhole to allow for more movement and used a binding around the armholes. The size 16 was cut for the body and she sewed in about an extra 1/2 in on side seams, Chris says she’ll use the size 14 next time around.

Wanting a lower front neckline, Chris cut out the size 12 neckline, but doing this made the slit too low as well – another thing to remember for next time!! As Chris only had 1 metre of each of the two Japanese fabrics she added the contrast band to the bottom of the tunic dress -to add enough length.

The bad news is that we’ve sold out of this lovely cotton in all colourways and print – although I’m sure I saw a roll of the Lime Flowers on the shelves at Surry Hills last week and Melbourne has some too. But the good news is that we have another selection of superb quality cottons coming from Japan at the end of the month, so stay tuned here or keep checking the new additions here next month.

Thanks again Chris 🙂