Thursday, May 31, 2012

DIY Red Dress + Pattern Review NL 6123

Hello Darlings!

Well my son is feeling better and I am too so that is great! I am so excited about the repining and sharing of the Denim Maxi Tut I posted the other day ;-) I have another tut in the works for next week so stay tuned. Today I am wearing a DIY dress I made using New Look Pattern 6123 View D, I love this dress...here is my review of the pattern.



Pattern Description: Misses' dress with sleeve and bodice variations including flattering drape and ruffle detail. New Look sewing pattern.


Pattern Sizing: The smallest size is 8 so I cut that and then made changes to the patterns because I knew it would be too big in the bodice and waist. I ended up taking out almost 3.5" from the bodice.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes I suppose it does.


Were the instructions easy to follow? They are really easy to understand and are pretty clear throughout.


What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the pattern very much, I like the style of the dress and I really liked the flounce and sleeves. The one thing I should have done but failed to measure first was add length to the dress, I would have preferred it fall just below my knee.

Fabric Used: I used a Red Double Knit found HERE

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: aside from fitting adjustments I did not make any significant changes to the design; I did however fully line the dress using a red tricot fabric (HERE) because it called for facings and I HATE facings. Such a nice dress should have been lined anyway, they were trip pin by making it with facings.


Would you sew it again? No probably not but I will try the other views.


Would you recommend it to others? Yes

Dress Details

How I Wore It




BCBG Envelope Clutch (sold out) / Steve Madden Red Pumps HERE on sale $69

xoxo
mimi g.

90 comments:

  1. this is so hot!!!! I'm adding this to my list of stuff to make!!!

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  2. The detailing on the sleeve is great. Red is really your color, hot dress Mimi.

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  3. Hi, this is so cute, oneday I will get there but I have a quick beginners question, I notice on several of your post you stated that you made modification by taking in the pattern some inches to fit your body but my question is how do you do it for example...if I measure the pattern after I cut it out on the fold and it measure 24in at the waist but my waist is 16in, do I cut off 8in? or basically can you example how you take in a pattern to fit your body type, lol.

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    1. Thanks hun, I wish I easily answer your question but its more of a show and tell kinda thing. you have the right idea when calculating the changes but just chopping off 8" inches is a lot (you may be using a size to big) also you have to account for ease, seam allowances, darts etc, so that 8" difference may really be more like a 4" difference.

      Ill try to get around to doing a tut.

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  4. your dress is giving me life! it is so gorgeous...is there any where else I can find cheaper fabric, this is a lil pricey for a yard

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    1. You can purchase a Poly Ponte De Roma for about $7 but it won't feel the same.

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  5. Lovely!!

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  6. Lovely!!

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  7. Fabulous! Love this! How have I not seen this pattern?! It's going on my list. It reminds me of the Michael Kors dress I made last year.

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    1. I actually just happen to see it when I was at Joann's and someone had left it sitting on top of the astern cabinet, I was like "hold up" lol I wish I would have remembered to add length, I wanted it just a little longer but its cute!

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  8. Lurvs the clutch great contrast against your beautiful red dress.

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  9. That dress is super hot and you look great in it!! beautiful!

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  10. This is awesome! and the fit is fantastic.

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  11. All I can say is Go Diva Go.... This red dress is to die for... I can not sew at all......:-) OMG.. Please keep me posted when this dress is for SALE

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    1. LOL, thanks babe but I don't make to sell anything that is not my own design ;-( this is a commercial pattern.

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  12. I LOVE it! I need more red dresses in my life.

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  13. You did an incredible job! It looks amazing on you :-)

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  14. Your dress is bad to the bone MiMi; and paired with that hint of gold in the cluch a definite plus as a fashion statement. I got to actually feel the sophia double knit at the sewing expo (didn't buy any), but at least I personally know how it feels YUMMY, so I know I'll buy later.

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    1. Thanks darling! I love Double Knits, they are so versatile.

      xoxo

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  15. Loved the dress and shoes as they were and then... I saw the clutch. Be still my heart... loved it.

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  16. Mimi, quick question:

    In terms of shelf-life & durability, do the clothes that you sew last longer, about the same, or shorter than store-bought clothing?

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Maryam, The clothes I make for myself ALWAYS last longer then anything I have ever purchased. I use good fabric choices (never buy cheap fabric) and I always use better construction methods.

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  17. Everything about this look is on point!

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  18. OMG....this dress is HOT!!..I'm fairly new to your blog. You are so gifted & have an eye for fashion...your own style. I cannot sew two knots together..LOL

    Do you accept orders? I would love to have this dress.

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    1. Thanks for commenting ;-) and no I don't accept order babe, sorry.

      xoxo

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  19. Absolutely STUNNING!! As usual ;o)
    I have to thank you for linking to the fabrics that you used. I am a dedicated Fabric.com shopper, but I always hesitate to buy this fabric. And I love the tip on the tricot lining, too.

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    1. Thanks Nettie, I am a fan of double knit fabrics!

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  20. Absolutely STUNNING!! As usual ;o)
    I have to thank you for linking to the fabrics that you used. I am a dedicated fabric.com shopper but I always hesitate to buy this fabric. And I love the tricot as lining info, too.

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  21. "You've got to be dead, red
    You've got to have flash and flair
    And if you're not seen red
    Then you shouldn't be seen nowhere!"

    I've been quoting The Wiz for the past couple of days....haha! Beautiful dress, Mimi. I love the shoes too!

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  22. Mimi- Your posts are always so damn fantastic. You are an amazing seamstress lady. Love your style so much. Thanks for the tutorials too, i used to sew and stopped, after these tut, i am about to start again.

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  23. Fierce!!!
    Ambitious sewer

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  24. MiMi,

    I love the dress and shoes!!! HAUTE! I am a plus size woman and I would love to get this dress made but will I be able to use this pattern?

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    1. You can buy the plus size pattern, they have 14-22 I think ;-)

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  25. Very pretty Mimi

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  26. Hello

    I only discovered your blog this week. Lovely dress you are very talented.

    Mazza

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  27. Those shoes are sick! And I can never get over how amazing your body is! Love this look!

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  28. Red on red looks good on you. All of your sewn/DIY garments are so professional looking and your eye for detail is superb! I'm pinning this on to make, Mama. I wish I had your flat tummy to go in this dress! Lol

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  29. Mimi G. you are the BOMB.com , another flawlessly stunning look!

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  30. I have just discovered your blog and look forward that to every entry. This dress looks fabulous on you and is so well made. I'm quite envious that you had to make alterations to a size 8! You look fabulous everyday.

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  31. I'll make this dress if you can tell me where I can get a booty like that to go with it. Do they 'em at the pattern store? Lol ;0) Great Job Mimi!

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  32. I'll make this dress if you can tell me where I can get a booty like that to go with it. Do they 'em at the pattern store? Lol ;0) Great Job Mimi!

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  33. Hotness! Love the style. Great job.

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  34. I love this dress! I really want make something similar! so good!

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  35. Very nice.. I saw that pattern and passed it because I didn't like any of the necklines for my....upper body needs....lol. Additionally, the image on the package didn't look all that great, which is the unfortunate thing about sketches.

    But, the dress, coming to fruition was really very nice. You did a spectacular job. I am going to purchase the pattern and see if I can alter the neckline.

    Kandra

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  36. This is definitely on the list of what to wear when I get to my goal weight. GAW-geous!!

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  37. Beautiful dress Mimi! BTW, you need to stop mentioning fabric stores....you have a serious fabricholic over here that's easily tempted, LOL.

    What's your process when purchasing fabric? For example, this dress(on you) I'm assuming took about a one yard? Would you buy a little more than that to make up for shrinkage when pretreating? Thanks!

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  38. This dress is HOT! I love the tutorials you have been posting. Will you ever do a tutorial of you making a garment step by step, with the pattern? Maybe a sew along? We could follow along and make it together? I know it would take a lot time on your part, but I would be willing to pay to see that. It would be great to see your process of how you make the changes to the pattern to make it fit for you. Your garments always look so professional and well made.

    Thanks!!!

    Marla

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  39. I really like that your style is so wearable and 'relatable'. I'm not into the whole "funky" thing after I get to a certain adult age, so I like that your style is fun, mature, sexy, and adult all at the same time.

    Also love your emphasis on accessories, which are underrated by most people, but are very important for pulling together an outfit.

    I've gotten lots of great ideas from your blog. Thanks for the instructional videos and great ideas!

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  40. Great looking dress! I love the shoes too!

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  41. Fabulous!!! Adding it to my list!!! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  42. Aw my goodness, just amazing, the style, fit, colour and fabric all perfect...and you wear it so well!

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  43. how do i get the waist and ruffle done?

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  44. how do I get the waist and ruffle done - teaching myself to sew and came across your site and totally love it!!! you are amazingly talented !!!!

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  45. Hi Mimi,

    Please how do you line the bottom of your dresses. I dont see any seams at the bottom, how do you get it looking so professional??

    Thanks

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Thank you for taking time to comment ;-)

xoxo
mimi g.