New Look 6145 Dress and 'Hacking' Jacket

Just a quick post to show you my latest make. The New Look dress pattern #6145 (I think I got this free with a sewing mag?!) Anyway Lu, my wife, will be going back to work soon after her maternity leave and now it is time to make her some clothes to wear. Remember a post or so ago I said we went to the local fabric shop and she bought a load of fabric? Well this is the result of one of her fabric choices. It is a lovely bold print, double-stretch knit so ideal for the pattern.

I didn't do anything different this time apart from make sure it was the right size. Normally, as you know, I tweak patterns but this
was straight from the envelope!

I had fun doing it too; nice and easy but needing a bit of care due to the stretch of the fabric (I did remember to put a ball point needle in this time! What a difference!) The pattern is easy to follow and finishes well. Nice facings and seams without any bother.

Zip in

The high 'collar' is lovely and can be worn either up, down or anywhere between. The arms are finished with bias in the same fabric; along with invisible zip and a little kick pleat at the rear of the dress.

Collar seam
The one thing I did do different from my normal make was to use the blind hem stitch on my machine. Normally I hand stitch hems but thought I would have a go. Wow! It really does work! I think I will pop up a tutorial about this in my next post as I was really surprised how easy it was.

Hemmed using the Blind Hem stitch

On other things....Iv'e been working on Lu's riding jacket (Now I have been reliably informed it is a Hacking jacket). Remember Heather from the Great British Sewing Bee? Well she tweeted me and that's what she called it, so I am sticking to it as she knows about horses..oh and sewing!

I have drafted the pattern and started construction. The back panel is in 4 parts to give me a lovely rounded seam with double vent. I have sewn the sides and fronts so will move on to the major construction shortly. Lu picked some nice turned wood buttons (shanked) that really add a bit of style to this make (I might ask her to pick buttons for me too next time!)

Now is it just me, or does pattern matching really make sewing special? I love it!

Until next time.....Happy sewing!

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