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New Look 6648 view B

When you’re on a good thing, stick to it they say.  I’ve enjoyed New Look 6648 – only a couple of days after finishing view A, I’m done with view B!

new look 6648 view B

This version has a v-neckline and 3/4 length sleeves with elastic zig-zagged along the seamlines to gather them. I’m not sold on the elastic for gathering technique, and will probably unpick this and gather them differently – possibly just with a couple of rows of straight stitching pulled up by hand.

new look 6648 view B - sleeve gathering detail

The v-neckline is not all that low, but it is quite wide. Feels rather flashdance, really! I attached the neck binding slightly differently to the instructions, sewing it into a loop and then mitring at the centre front of the V. The resulting binding is a little wavy, especially at the back. It should probably have been shortened a couple of inches. Once again, I may unpick it and shorten it and reattach. Or I may not.

new look 6648 neck detail

I didn’t have thread that matched exactly for this project. It’s a funny colour, that mustardy yellowish-green, and so I went with a yellow that was in stash that sort of coordinated. I didn’t want a trip to the shops just for one spool of thread! The bottom band is the same for all the views in this pattern. The front and the back pieces are each gathered at the sides, then sewn together into a tube and folded in half wrong sides together before attaching to the top. I did the gathering with straight stitches that I then pulled up to size by hand. You could use elastic instead if you wanted to, I suppose.

new look 6648 waistband ruching

I made this in size 12, but possibly could have sized down to a 10. Anyway, I really enjoyed wearing it! I styled it with a tank underneath the next day to better deal with the wide neckline. The batwing sleeves are comfortable to wear, and the fitted ruched waistband seems to hide my pot belly and thick waist while still giving me shape.

what I wore - 20/04/2012

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10 thoughts on “New Look 6648 view B

  1. I love reading all your posts! But I have a question, how do you find the time to work, spend time with your family, sew, crochet, and blog? There are barely enough hours in the day for me to work, eat dinner, and get ready for the next day! Please, share your secret!

    1. Thanks for your comment Cheri! Finding time for things is a problem for all of us, I think! I work two days per week, but I’m very busy with family too. I crochet when doing other things – if watching TV with family in the evening, at cafes chatting with friends, on public transport, during my breaks at work. I never sit down just to crochet – it’s always a by-product! Sleep is often the loser in the struggle to get everything done. I have a sewing room where everything is set up ready to go, so I can leave projects half completed then just pick them up again where needed. The computer is in the middle of the house and I can blog in fits and starts as well. I think that it is about using the available time you have. I also have a cleaner, and my husband cooks the meals on weekends. I don’t read as much as I’d like either. I don’t sleep in. And there are swathes of time where I don’t get everything done! So there are no secrets here!

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