So here it is. My New Look 6864 dress is finally complete! A fairly simple dress like this should not have taken this long to complete for me but a few parts of the pattern and my fussy fabric didn't quite behave as nicely as I would have liked.
This is a "design your look" pattern and I chose to combine parts C, D, G, I and L. The bodice is lined, has darts in front and gathers at various points on the bodice and skirt areas, flutter sleeves, zipper in back, and the skirt hits a little below the knees.
Once the flutter sleeves were finished, I did NOT like them. The hem seemed to flip out at the edge even after ironing and the sleeve felt floppy and unattractive on my arms. So I went for a quick fix and added elastic to the bottom edge to change the look. The sleeve was already pretty short in the underarm areas so I sewed on single fold bias tape (only had pink around so I just went with it!) as a casing for the elastic.
When it was finished, I inserted 1/4" elastic and this is how the sleeves turned out. Not the style I would have originally chosen to make, but definitely an improvement over the flutter sleeves.
As for the intended V style neckline, which I loved as a design feature, it didn't work out. The dress looked so pretty from the front. For a few seconds that is, until the top facing points flipped outward. I'm not sure what I did that made this happen. Perhaps the bodice was supposed to fit more loosely or more snugly or I didn't sew the facing as perfectly as I should have. Or maybe it's the irritating fabric that gave me fits other times. Either way, as soon as I would shift my body slightly, it would do this:
I finished the seam with a simple line of stitching 1/2" from the bottom rather than hand sewn stay stitching like the pattern recommended. I tried blind hemming with my machine but the fabric puckered frequently where the blind stitches went in so that came out and a simple hem went in.
Overall, I like how the dress came out. This is what I'll be wearing Valentine's night when I go with my kids and husband to a wedding reception. The kids will come in handy to stand behind me and hide my funky pattern tushy. :)