Hey all

Did I win the award for last documented polka dot frock? It wasn’t my goal–I’m just slow–but I am so glad I finished before the end of February. It’s 10:30pm-ish Eastern Standard Time.   Pay no attention to that March 1st up there…

Thanks again to Winnie at Scruffy Badger Time for hosting this absolutely fun sewalong. Her feedback via blog, email, and Flickr has been so encouraging. Such the consummate hostess.

Here’s my take on New Look 6000. While I love the look of the collar option, I chose an open neck because I fell in love with my lining so much, and wanted it to peek out. I originally tried the long sleeve option, which has a really neat cuff, but for whatever reason I just didn’t like the long sleeves. It was just too much… something. I’m so glad I ultimately decided on the short sleeves, because they’re precious as hell. They have a pleat and puff just so, but not ridiculously.

Constructionwise, everything was reasonably straightforward. I’m really glad I made a muslin, because although it was a simple pattern, all of those darts had to go in the right places. Also, I had to grade up from the maximum included size of 16 to about a 20, and that was an interesting exercise for me. I made the muslin out of lining fabric, with the goal of having both a good fit and an already-finished lining for the dress. It worked like a charm.

Photo Feb 24, 4 53 52 PM
Obligatory silly phone muslin-fitting pic.

The sleeves went together easily, and I didn’t have to do a neck facing since I did that fancy blue lining.

Here’s the dress. Beware of photo overload. I may as well post a bunch since I tortured my sweet angel for the entire evening–half the evening listening to me curse at the finishing touches, and the other half trying to get the perfect shot.  By the way, these pics are the perfect representation of my house.  There is literally thread on the floor everywhere.


The fabric is a Jennifer Paganelli cotton that I found on eBay.  It was love at first sight.




I love my lining!

Decent invisible zipper action, and not horrible back darts. Any wrinkles or lumps you see are my body, not the dress. 🙂


When I leave my honey alone, he gets really good shots like this, with my beloved hat and the fabric in the background(!!!). Kudos to Lenny for catching this moment.


I really love this pattern. It will most certainly be a TNT. The collar and cuff variations will be fun to play with in different fabrics, prints, and colors; and I’m ecstatic to now have a go-to custom-fitted sheath dress template.

Definitely check out the GOR-GEOUS variations on the Flickr group, and always feel free to see what’s doin’ on my Instagram feed. It fills in the sometimes-long gaps between blog posts. Lots of WIPs and other messes in my life.

You are all gorgeous and adorable and creative, and I can’t wait to see the other stragglers like me who are sewing away, finishing up their polka dotty works of art.  Thanks again, Winnie!!

35 responses »

  1. What fabulous fabric – outside and in! I totally agree, it’s a briliant pattern to use as a departure point for all sorts of exciting things. And I’m very impressed with your grading up, it fits wonderfully!

    • Thanks, Jo! I got lucky there. I ended up having to chop a bit at the shoulders strangely enough, but it ended up fitting the curves comfortably. I’m really happy with it, and now want to make a million sheaths for spring.

    • Thanks, Kirsty. Lenny gets all the credit for that. Sometimes he’s frustrating when he gets a photo idea, but I have to let him run with things. He does have an original point of view, and a good eye. And I couldn’t afford a pro photographer. 🙂

  2. Shelley, I love the way you grin in your photos! This dress is so cute! I’m really glad you included that last shot – I couldn’t tell from the further away photos that the polka dots also have turquoise in them! And of course i love the hat 🙂

    • Yay, hats. Thanks a million, Gail. I didn’t realize that you wouldn’t be able to see the design of the dots and had totally forgotten that I was originally going to post a closeup of the print, so I’m glad Lenny took that photo. Thanks again for stopping by.

  3. This is so cute! I love the color of the fabric- so unexpected! polka dots are so frequently white/red/black/navy. I love the hint of teal at the neckline too.

  4. Just wanted to let you know that I’d like to nominate you for some awards: The Liebster Award, for blogs with less than 200 followers, the One Lovely Blog Award, The Premio Award (for those who comment on other blogs) and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I hope that’s ok, and I’ll put it in a post soon!

    • Thanks!! I got lucky finding that fabric. Just typed ‘polka dot fabric’ into an eBay search and that was one of the first options that came up. eBay can be dangerous that way, especially for funky/vintage stuff that regular fabric websites just don’t have. I also found my Mad Men-inspired fabric there as well, and can’t wait to get the perfect pattern/muslin together so I can cut into it. Good luck on your search for the perfect fabric!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s