Monday, April 16, 2007

New Look 6405 top

Reviewed by:Ann Smith
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Posted on:3/4/05 6:28 PM
Last Updated:5/24/06 0:21 AM
Pattern Size:Regular
Project Photo:photo
Pattern Photo:New Look 6405
New Look Pattern Information
Pattern Rating:I would definitely sew this pattern again
See other patterns in this category:Top
Available for sale on PR: Yes

Update 5/2006. I have made this great pattern again, this time with sleeves. I figured I could whip this up in no time since I have made it twice already.

I bought only a yard of this fabric from Textile Studios intending to make a tank top. I had to fiddle around a lot with placement to avoid geisha heads ending up in indiscreet places (however somehow flowers found there way there). After spending undue amounts of time with placing the pattern pieces I discovered that I could cut the sleeves out as well. Amazing out of only one yard.

I used stretch elastic at the neckline and sleeve edges for contrast. This took me a great deal of time also as somehow in all my many years of sewing I haven't really used stretch elastic much. I thought I would use the elastic foot for my Evolve. So that took some hours trying to figure it out and then I never used it. I just slid the elastic through the slot in the regular foot. Then I wanted to use the cover stitch which I haven't done that much so I had to review that a bit. Of course switching back and forth between the cover stitch and the overlock takes a bit of extra time too. All in all I think this quick top took me about 8 hours. How could that be? Oh well, fortunately I like it a lot. And it goes well with my current Asian theme.....more to follow.

Original Review:
Pattern Description: This is a pattern for knit tops. View A, B, and C have a small upright collar and v opening each with a different sleeve length. View D, E, and F have a cross over front which is bound either with self fabric or contrast. View D with 3/4 flared sleeves has frog trim. I made view F twice.

Pattern Sizing: New Look includes size 8 through 18 in one envelope. I cut size 10 at the top and 14 at the sides. I took in the side seam at the underarm which I always need to do on sleeveless tops. I think this is because my bust fullness is 2 inches lower than the top of the underarm.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except my fabrics changed the look a bit since they are textured.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very good. It is a quick and easy top.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I made this top twice already and have a third one cut out. I liked that it took a very small amount of fabric as these were all cut from remnants of other projects.

Fabric Used: The first one was a striped sweater knit which I used for the Sewing Workshop Plaza Jacket. The second time I used the pieces left from the sweater top Vogue 2759 shown in my review of Sewing Workshop Panel Pant.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: On the first one I turned the stripe on the bias for the upper left piece. On the second I cut the binding out of the selvedges which were lighter in color than the rest of the fabric. This provided some contrast. I also added a binding around the hem partly for the accent but also because the fabric stretched a lot and I used the binding to pull it in.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will definitely sew it again and again. I would like to do the other views and do it with sleeves. So far I haven't had enough fabric for sleeves!

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