Sunday, December 13, 2015

Lounge Wear Part II: New Look 6417

I'm on a roll! :) This did take about 5 hours to sew but among a whole bunch of other errands, I got it done yesterday.

 I knew I wanted to use this cobalt and black and a striped ponte, but couldn't decide on the configuration. I did a screen grab of the line drawing and did a copy/paste into Word, giving me a few to practice on. I sketched out ideas and had settled on the front/drape being striped. But then I didn't have enough fabric! Wah! My second favorite had stripes on the side front piece so I went with that.

ETA 'sketches':

The pattern runs XS - XL and I went with a medium, again, standard for me in sml patterns. I considered doing a narrow shoulder adjustment but I measured and it didn't seem too long...but then it felt wide once finished. However, if you look at the pattern envelope it does drop off the shoulder a bit.

I did a swayback adjustment of 3/4" and shaved about 3/8" from the center back, tapering to nothing at the waist. I always need less room in the upper back with New Look.

I did not need to lower the bust point of the princess seam.

I sewed snaps onto both the left and right front so I can switch it up if desired. I left off the zippers in the sleeve; this is a casual around the house garment and that seemed like too much. However, the sleeves as drafted were short IMO. They too are intended to be bias bound but I ended up adding bands to add to the finished length.

Finally, I treated this more like a woven garment. It was almost entirely constructed on the sewing machine with seams finished on the serger. I also set my sleeves vs sewing them flat.

I was all ready to get started and took a closer look and had a what the heck moment. I did not notice previously that the entire thing is bias bound. OMG! However, that made me happier to go with the cobalt because black binding would pop, and I had 3 packs in the stash. If you have Wonder Clips, this is a great time to use them. I really wish I had some!!!

Because I hate overlapping ends of bias tape (I have silly little things that bother me sometimes), I bound each piece separately, taking care to make sure they met at CB and side seams. It worked fine.

From the right side, I topstitched on top of the bias binding stitching

I left off the binding on the neckline seam

The instructions do give decent tips for finishing corners and ends of the binding.

It came out fairly neat! I should have used matching tread on my snap but duh...Oh well. There's so much volume you can't see it. 

The envelope made me think it was somehow pleated but it isn't...The left collar is sitting like the right and then the right folds over and snaps in back. My right collar doesn't sit perfectly like this when it's on but I still think it's super cute !

I really love this!

I can't get it to look like the pattern envelope at all. I wonder if it's because my ponte is lighter weight

What isn't clear is what you're "supposed" to do with the side that you're not overlapping? I feel like I have to arrange it just so but then it's fine afterwards. Here, I've arranged the collar more like they have it on the pattern envelope. 

I know people are over waterfall cardigans but I kind of love it open so much more!!!  (I don't know what my feet are doing in the photo to the right! LOL!).  

I'm super in love with the color blocking and the stripes. I am not happy that the armhole is SO low.  I posted these pics with my hand on my hip so you can see what I mean. But I suppose if the shoulder is meant to be a bit dropped then a low armhole is ok?? I'm still unclear on a lot of the finer fitting points!

I didn't arrange the collar very well here...and my infinitely short back length is showing! :)

I really like it and can see making one of the other views with the peplum! It's super cozy.


  1. Super cute. I love the blue and black together.. Happy sewing.

  2. I really like that pattern! Since the new McCall's came out and I can't wait to see if you and Carolyn do a review of them I got busy on my neglected blog and did my own review:
    You always find ones that I overlook, so thank you for taking the time to do release reviews!

    1. Thanks Autumn!

      I don't plan on reviewing this release as I don't like MOST of them. I think there are 1 or 2 that I actually liked! Booo! :)

  3. Cute! I love the color combos that you used!

  4. Awesome! Love the way it looks open, but it looks pretty cool styled either way. The colors are great.

  5. Wow, you are so talented. Illustration is difficult.

  6. Looks good. I think knits are hard to fit because they stretch differently - and your armholes don't look too bad - you are probably the only one that notices in any case :). Still that is how we improve, constant constructive self criticism.

  7. this is funky, in a good way :) I love the colors you picked for your color blocking. They are awesome together :D

  8. Worse pattern I've ever purchased it looks like a bag of shit on and as for the instructions don't get me started.

  9. Worse pattern I've ever purchased it looks like a bag of shit on and as for the instructions don't get me started.


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