|New Look 6356 - front view|
|New Look 6356 - back view|
I decided to tackle something "easy" and decided on this sleeveless top from New Look.
It looked easy enough with simple dart shaping at the bust and a faced neck and faced armholes. I chose version A with the high neck and no sleeves.
|New Look 6356 - Pattern front and back views|
The pattern claims to be "easy" and take 2 hours sewing time. I'm not sure where they got that figure from but it certainly took me much longer than that particularly as I had a major fit issue!
Things I'm pleased about this top:
Fabric: I like this cotton vichy and would use it again. It's very reasonably priced and would make a cute fifties style shirt.
Pattern matching. I had a pretty good go at this. However I've learnt I really need a walking foot as no matter how well I aligned the little squares, they some how slipped when sewing. Apparently a walking foot is a must to prevent this.
The centred zip. The pattern called for a lapped zip but to be honest I couldn't make sense of the instructions. My preference would be for an invisible zip but I didn't want to have to make a trip out specially just to buy a zip. Instead I decided to have a go at a centred zip which I've never done before.
I turned to the instructions given in "The Complete Book of Sewing" which is an excellent reference book I find.
Facings. I like the faced armhoes and neck-line having previously only used bias binding. They make the garment neater I think. As I don't have an overlocker, I edge-finished the facings as per the pattern instructions and they look quite neat.
Things I don't like: