Skip to content

Posts tagged ‘dress’

Dress Pattern – New Look 6723

If you can see past the gaudy fabric and the creases, this dress pattern from New Look is really very good. I bought this fabric online after seeing it in a catalogue. It looked beautiful in print, muted pinks and blue…a lovely combination, I thought. Until I opened the delivery, only to have my retinas burnt by the flourescent pink blooms. A lesson for all of us…unless you’re sure about how the fabric will look in the flesh, don’t do it.


But never one to let things go to waste, I used it to test out New Look’s 6723 dress pattern. It took me a good 5 hours to make this, though I did skim over instructions in parts, resulting in a little bit of unpicking. Another lesson: always read the instructions! The bodice is lined and the whole dress was easy to assemble. The pattern offers alterations for sizing variations, for example size 10 across the bust and size 8 across the waist. I made the complete dress in size 10, but for the next one I’ll take the waist down to an 8 for a better fit. No changes required to the length, and the dress looks just as it does on the pattern envelope. Many more of these (in nicer fabric) to come!





Publicity for my book in the UK has just about come to an end, and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to write a guest post for The Craft Institute’s blog. Pop on over to their blog to check it out…there are plenty of project ideas for reusing fabric.

The photos below are of the sweet summer skirt project from my book. So simple and addictive, you can whip up cute skirts from frumpy old frocks in no time.

Be on the lookout for stunning fabrics and designs – it’s surprising what you can find with this project in mind. A dress without a waistline is ideal, but not essential – think beyond the dress and imagine a sweet skirt. It doesn’t matter if the dress is too big on you, as the excess fabric will be gathered into a waistband. Use any leftover fabric to make a scarf, a fabric flower embellishment or a bow.

05039-MB-dress into skirt before-IMG_6265

05039-MB-dress into skirt final-IMG_2155

daring décolletage v-neck dress

Website stats are a wonderful resource, and I can see that many of you arrive here via a search for “how to sew a v-neck”. With this in mind, I thought it worth sharing some pages from my book on how to refashion a dress into a v-neck.

Recycled_Chic_v-neck dress-1Recycled_Chic_v-neck dress-2Recycled_Chic_v-neck dress-3Recycled_Chic_v-neck dress-4Happy sewing! Kitty x