Red October: New Look 6000 winter dress
YO. Here’s my final Red October make – a super cosy and warm wintery New Look 6000 dress!
Once again, we’re in the territory of third attempts here. My first New Look 6000 was made back in December 2011 as a contribution to Scruffy Badger’s NL6000 Fest! It’s a beaut, but boy does that fabric wrinkle! You only so much as have to look at it, and it crinkles and creases like crazy! I would basically only wear this dress so long as I could stand up straight all day. Someone else would have to put my shoes on for me, and I wouldn’t be able to go pee or even walk up a single step. So…. not that practical!
Enter Version 2.0: the black double knit New Look 6000. I have worn this to death! The shape is flattering, sophisticated and smart, and a departure from my usual style (as Captain Hammer would say: “Not my usual, but nice”). It’s been washed and worn so many times it is crazy bobbly, which is a shame. I wore it all through my last pregnancy, but it has held its pre-pregnancy shape. I literally NEED this dress, so I decided it was high time I made another one.
And here it is: the red double knit New Look 6000. I remember Handmade Jane making this dress in the same red and looking super foxy in it, and I am so happy to now have my own version! The double knit is from Calico Laine and they have a good range of colours.
I had to make substantial alterations to this dress when I first made it, but sewing it this time was pretty straightforward because I’d already done all the hard fitting work and transferred the alterations to my traced pattern. Part-way through I tried on the semi-finished dress to check the fit was still good, and I was pleased to find I didn’t need to change anything else.
I added the collar to this version because I wanted to make the dress more interesting to look at. The collar didn’t turn out exactly the way the pattern prescribes, perhaps because I was working with a thick knit fabric rather than a woven. But not to worry – I like how it turned out. It’s a bit more open, relaxed and floppy than it should be, but the thick, warm cosiness of the double knit means I can get away with it. It kind of feels like I’m wearing a scarf!
I omitted the back zipper due to the stretch within the fabric, but kept the centre back seam for the vent at the bottom of the centre back. However, when it came time to sew the vent, I felt lazy and didn’t bother with it!
I sewed only one button to each cuff this time, overlapping the two edges and sewing through the sleeve itself. This means the cuff still look stylish but it’s that little bit flatter and therefore it’s easier to get your coat on over the sleeves. It also means the cuff doesn’t accidentally roll down. I had these two buttons left over from my first Colette Parfait dress, and they work reasonably well with this dress for now.
I catch-stitched the inner facing down, and actually I may go back and unpick some of that stitching because it does show on the outside due to the nature of the fabric. I may wait until I’ve given it a wash first, though, just to see if it settles.
I’m really in love with my third version of this dress. It is just so soft and warm and cosy but it looks really smart and makes me feel very well ‘put-together’ and quite grown up!