Saturday, May 25, 2013

Skeleton Closet: New Look 6078 Pattern Review + Outfit Post

After a decidedly frustrating time working through my mock up, the final blouse didn't actually take long to finish up; approximately the entire length of Klimt from my Netflix instant queue (which by the way was a little underwhelming for being inspired by such a great artist)...


I guess that's not the only underwhelming thing... I feel a little underwhelmed by the blouse after completion--perhaps it's because of the strenuous effort it took to get to the finish line.
Because of this blouse, I had to buy and improvise many tools; my paper tape dress form, and seam roll for example.


In retrospect, this blouse didn't really need that much work, but I am a terrible stickler for finished details; for my own peace of mind, it was done; I don't like a homemade appearance in my own work.

Of course, I'm not so anal that after said work was done I ended up taking a nap while wearing the blouse, and afterwards deciding to take these photos... it's quite wrinkly on the back. Heh.


The fabric is on the sheer side, so an undershirt is a necessary aspect to this outfit; it's far more see-through than one would expect; it makes a great start to a new summer wardrobe.

This was also a chance to try out the button sewing function of my sewing machine-- I didn't feel like hand stitching 9 buttons, and without a simflex, it would probably have turned out much more off than it is now...

Dangit, I really wish I had a simflex...
In the above picture, you can really tell the button plackets don't exactly align, but luckily, now that I know how to use a button attachment it won't be so daunting fixing it.


 Here are my final notes on the construction of size 14 of the pattern, in no particular order:
  • Bust dart needed about a 3 cm raise from original position, and a 2 cm increase in length
  • Took in upper bodice pieces by a few cm total.
  • Front darts decreased in width by about 2.5 cm
  • Finish bottom seam, and reverse placket installation from instructions; makes a far cleaner right side.
  • Baste on placket before attaching collar-- you can get a better gauge at where your collar should be sitting at. Remove basted placket after pinning collar; sew collar on.
I am very pear shaped, meaning my bust is small, and my hip area huge. These alterations are meant to accommodate my shape, but I found that the collar would likely need adjustments in any size because it's so terribly drafted, as well as how the instructions tell you how to insert your button plackets.

What I am wearing:
  • Top: Self-made from New Look pattern 6078
  • Shorts: Second hand
  • Boots: K-mart

24 comments:

  1. Looks great, very goth-lolita! Though I'm sure a bra is enough underneath, for a cute and wild look :)

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    1. Thank you =)
      Heh, I'm not brave enough to do that! =P

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  2. Looks great, you really did a fantastic job!

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  3. This would look very cute tucked into a high-waisted pencil skirt.

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    1. My exact thoughts! =)
      I just haven't gotten around to sewing a high waisted skirt yet, heh

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  4. I think it turned out fantastically, and that fabric is so cute!

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  5. Absolutely stunning and the shape is super flattering. :)

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that-- tailoring to fit from the pattern proved to be a formidable challenge =P
      Thank you!

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  6. It's adorable - a totally unexpected fabric for a cute pattern! Far superior than anything you could buy ready-made. :o)

    I'll make a mental note not to bother watching Klimt... too bad.

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    1. You're very kind, Lady Insomniac =D

      It felt like they were trying far too hard to make the story surreal, and it ended up just being this confuzzled mess starring John Malkovich hehe. You be the judge, really, but I cannot recommend it.

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  7. It looks perfect, way better than a lot of things in shops!

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  8. I love that fabric! You are are a truly amazing seemstress :D

    Maybe you can open your own clothingcollection with gothic clothing one day? ^^

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    1. You've really made my day with your comment =D
      I aspire to those very words, everyday.

      The plan is one day having a shop, but I feel I must go to school before I get to that point =P

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  9. Honestly, I LOVE it! The fabric, of coure, and the shape, and...the whole thing, really. ^^

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    1. Thank you =D
      I'm sure in time I'll get over my feelings and really begin to appreciate it-- I do love the fabric, as well!

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  10. I can tell you definitely took your time with the details on this! Looks great!

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  11. I'm very impressed with your sewing skills. It may have taken a lot of time to fine-tune, but this turned out wonderful!! And it's such a lovely cut that, now you have perfected it, you could make several using different fabrics.

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    1. Oh yes, that tweaking stage turned out to be more work than I initially thought-- here I was hoping to breeze through all the problems with the tailoring.

      That is definitely the plan now that all the tweaking is done! =P

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  12. This is so AWESOME! You did such a fantastic job and that fabric is really cute =)

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    1. Thanks!
      The fabric was a bargain at a dollar a yard from Wal-mart's clearance bins. I hope they bring it back for this hallloween, because I only found about a yard and a half of it. It was enough for just this blouse.

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