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New Look 6960

The last item that I managed to get sewn at Sewjourn was a New Look 6960 dress for Stella.  I was frantically sewing right up to our departure deadline to get this one completely finished – I really wanted to be able to give it to her when I got home!

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I had great difficulty in getting Stella to pose “prettily” for photos in this dress. Most of the ones that I took were along these lines:

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For my skinny girl I cut the dress out in size 5 length with size 3 width. I do find that most commercial children’s patterns are rather wide, and even cutting this at size 3 leaves it with plenty of room. This pattern comes in three main variations; sleeveless, with a little flutter sleeve – as I made for Stella – and with a larger but still short sleeve. I really like the round yoke and soft gathers.

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Stella was particularly keen to have this dress made with the heart applique, as in the drawings on the pattern envelope. It closes with a zip in the centre back. I was extremely fortunate to have Nikki handy to remind me about the groovy way that she inserts invisible zips to get a lovely clean finish with the top facing. This photo is a little deceptive – the yoke seams and the neckline on each side of the back actually line up much more nicely in real life than the photo suggests – the print changes the way that it appears in the photo.

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The fabric is a light cotton twill that I picked up from a local op-shop. Stella is quite happy with it. I really do like New Look patterns for little girl’s dresses. This one is now out of print but I think that it can be found on etsy/ebay etc relatively easily.

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We’re just back from a relaxing overnight camping trip to Korumburra with relatives. The girls were SO excited that we were staying in a tent. They roamed around the campgrounds and enjoyed the playgrounds, chatted to random campers, and even got to watch a wedding that was taking place in an adjoining area. Both girls are at such delightful ages.  It was well worth the effort involved in going away, even for such a short break, and especially good to take the time to relax and regroup before heading into the pre-Christmas rush.

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5 thoughts on “New Look 6960

  1. A lovely classic cool summer dress and great op shop score.

    The thing I like about camping with kids is the freedom it gives them. When I was a kid we roamed the neighbourhood freely from dawn until dusk. Sadly, for kids today that is no longer safe but camping dies give them a taste of that sort of carefree childhood.

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