...with two "new looks". Those would be New Look 6753, view D and New Look 6388, view B.
I once made New Look 6753 a long time ago, before I began this blog. I had used a bamboo/lycra knit and the top just didn't work. The v-neck was too low, and overall it felt too big even though I used the size 6, when I normally cut a size 10 in New Look patterns. This time I used a light-weight cotton/lycra knit. The pattern calls for two-way stretch fabrics. Because I used the size 6, I was afraid the armholes would be too small. Therefore, I cut the shoulder seams at the size 10 marking. I don't think I needed to do this. I can see some diagonal lines around the neck, that I'm thinking should go away if I take up more of a seam on the shoulders. Or maybe I need to widen the shoulders...Hmmm... If you have any thoughts, feel free to chime in.
Here is a close-up of the top. I used my coverstitch machine for all of the top-stitching.
And a close-up of the front neckline finished with a self-fabric neckband.
For the skirt, I used New Look 6388, view B, in a size 10. I made it in a poly/cotton aloha fabric. This fabric seemed to have the perfect stiffness to hold the pleats when I pressed them. I did not alter a thing on this skirt. The pattern states that it sits 1.5" below the waist, and it does sit low. Instead of inserting a lapped zipper, I installed an invisible zipper. When I top-stitched the pleats down, I doubled the thread in my needle so that it would stand out. For the most part the stitches look good, but I did have a couple of spots where one thread did not catch, so I ended up with one loop popping up.
Here is a close-up of the top-stitching and invisible zipper:
I'm very happy with the overall look of the outfit. This could be considered my "uniform" here in Maui. I love to wear t-shirts and skirts!
My name is Shannon, but my siblings call me Mushy... I am a 45 year old wife and mom. I started sewing in junior high or high school on my mom's Viking. I had an amazing Home Economics teacher who taught me solid techniques. By my junior year, I had sewn a Vogue Bellville Sassoon dress, rated "advanced" for prom. Sewing runs in the family. I was bound to catch the "bug". I hope to inspire you to pursue your sewing interests as I have been inspired by others in the sewing community to pursue mine. Thanks for visiting!