Today, I have finished New Look 6000, and I love the pattern. It is a retro style dress with sleeve, neck and front variations, according to the pattern description. I made view B, but left off the buttons. I really like the simplicity of the design and did not want embellishments.
I made a size 10 and didn't make any alterations. I feel like the fit is right on. There may be just a little bit of room across the upper back, but not enough for me to feel self conscious. As you already know, I made this from a textured rayon, which I cut on the crossgrain. The fabric seems to have had the perfect weight and drape for the pattern. The collar is cut on the bias and I did not interface it and it stays up on its own. The pattern does not call for you to interface the collar. The pleats look beautiful and shape the front bust area.
The only thing I don't really like about the collar is how it closes on the back. You must put a hook and eye half-way up the collar and then turn it down. I didn't get a picture of this, but if you could somehow bring the zipper halfway up the collar, I think it would be a nicer finish. The neck and armholes are finished with facing. This dress would be a great candidate for lining, but I didn't line mine.
I inserted an invisible zipper. I had read Beth's tutorial last week and discovered that you could actually insert one without changing to an invisible zipper foot, and just use a regular zipper foot. "Why didn't I think of that?" It saved me so much time! However, I did take the time to hand baste it in, and the results were marvelous. Yes, I did use another off color zipper from my stash!
Here is a close-up of the collar:
The back has two waist darts for shaping and a walking vent. I also decided to hand baste the hem in place. The shadows show some tension issues with my handbasting on the hem. I'll have too take a look at that again and see if I can press it a little better. This fabric behaves like a polyester in that it doesn't respond well to pressing.
Overall, this pattern is very easy to put together because of its simple design. Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!