Apparently (in English speaking countries) it rhymes with oil.
So, I’m fairly pleased with myself – 2 garments completed from the same pattern, without an iota of help from anyone else. What feels particularly miraculous to me is that they turned out just as I wanted – comfy, light and relatively flattering. The pattern in question is “New Look 6983” View B.
This red one was my first attempt, made up with some lightweight 100% cotton (dobby spot) I picked up from Spotlight . I fiddled a little with the seam allowance – taking it in slightly to give a hint more shape at the waist, but made no other alterations.
This second one was made up in “Anna Maria Horner – Little Folks” Voile that I have been hanging onto for ages. Even thought it is also 100% cotton, it feels quite silky to touch. On this one I lengthened the slit at the centre of the neck . I felt it was too high, proportionally, on the pattern, but as it is narrow, it does not gape scandalously open at the longer length. I also gave the waist a little more shape than the pattern called for.
There was one huge departure that I made from the pattern instructions, one that my Mother taught me many years ago. The instructions call for the side seams on the body to be sewn up, way back in step 2. They likewise call for the side seams on the sleeves to be sewn together prior to sewing the sleeves to the body.
I ignored this order of assembly, in favour of sewing in the sleeves when the body and sleeves are still flat. Much easier!
This method allows you to better distribute the fabric ease in the sleeves (i.e. fiddle with the slight gathers you make in the seam allowance, to make the sleeve rounded over the shoulder). It is much easier to match the notches.
Of course, pinning the heck out of it helps as well! After sewing the sleeve to the body, you simply sew the side seams of the body and sleeve together on one go, pivoting when you reach the intersection.
Look – no puckers! Can you tell I impressed myself.
So the verdict – “New Look 6983” is a lovely, simple pattern, and I will probably make it over and over again. I still have another colour-way of the lovely voile, waiting to be cut out. Expect to see me wearing these a lot this summer.
PS. That strangely posed photo at the top was one that Luke unexpectedly snapped when I was sweeping my hair out of the way of the neckline. I kind of like it. He was pretty accommodating to follow me round taking photos to my specifications in the first place.
Do you have a favourite pattern?