Nothing beats a black & white dress. I imagine it is almost as nice as the iconic little black dress--something I still need to make myself.
I used New Look 6298, size 10. I'm really quite pleased with the New Look patterns I have been sewing up. They are affordable and seem to be competing well with other pattern styles.
If you are looking for a quick and easy dress to sew, this is it. I made it in a few hours from cutting to hemming. It did require a minor alteration. Thankfully I tried the dress on before I hemmed the bottom. I had to take in the arms and side seam allowances, making a nice curve at the waist. It looked rather sack-like on me. It doesn't on the pattern envelope, but there is quite a bit of ease in the finished measurements. It is definitely not boxy. I just wanted a closer fit. It was easy enough. I pinned the dress together on the new seam line I wanted to create, basted it, and tried it on again.
BIG pockets! I did shave off a 1/2 inch when I took in the side seams; however, they are so big it doesn't really change the look.
I used "big black houndstooth ponte de roma knit" fabric from Girl Charlee. For the pockets, I used black scuba knit from Fabric.com. I like the faux leather look it gives.
The darts at the top of the raglan sleeves are a nice design feature. The neckband pattern piece is perfect! I really like when there is a pattern piece for this. I didn't even have to shorten the length of the dress, which is rare for me.
There is a seam up the middle back. You almost can't tell tell until you get to the waist and see how the print gets narrowed. I actually made a whole pattern piece so I could cut the front out in a single layer of fabric. I wanted to be able to see that my design print was even on both sides. I'm happy with my matching.
I just got around to looking at why my coverstitch machine wasn't behaving properly on my last knit project. I had removed and put back the piece of the machine that makes it easier to do armholes. Well, when I had popped it back into place, it wasn't in there level, so it wasn't letting fabric feed properly. Geez. I need to pay more attention to what I am doing.
It was late in the day when taking these pictures, so the lighting wasn't very good. My photographers, a.k.a. my children, do a great job taking them!
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley