Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Floral New Look 6107 Blouse

Wow, I have had this pattern in my stash for a long time. I've been intending to make it, as I had a strong feeling it would be a solid pattern for me, but the newest indie pattern is always more of a draw than a stalwart Big 4 basic... or is that just me? But this Big 4 pattern is a winner and I'll definitely make it again:


In the new year, though, I've written out a list of patterns I own, but have not yet sewn. And it's out of control! So I am starting to chip away at it, bit by bit, while also putting forth my best effort not to buy any new patterns, at least for a few months (or until I make a significant dent in my existing stash). Here's chip #1 off the patterns I own block:


(And yes, I realize that, although I publicly stated that 2015 would be the year of pants, I have started the year with two tops. Welp, it's my blog and I'll sew what I want to. PS: this is my 900th published post on this blog. 900!!!! Damn, this shit goes way back, dudes, waaaay back.)

The pattern is New Look 6107, a cute button front blouse with fisheye darts in the front and back, a lovely v-neck, a yoke that carries over from back to front, shoulder gathers in lieu of bust darts...


The fabric is some pretty Japanese lawn in a painterly floral print that I got here in Bangkok. Love the colors! A bit more successful than my last Japanese lawn purchase.
Bigger flowers + brighter colors = better for Meg.


My sewing notes:

- I cut my normal Big 4 size (which is to say, two sizes down from what their size chart recommends... crazy ease!).

- My god, turning those tiny button loops right side out was a bitch! I ended up making them a bit wider than called for in order to get the tube to turn inside out.

- To be honest, I did not understand their neckline binding instructions. I ended up taking the binding piece, turning it into single fold bias tape and doing a bias tape facing. Its a bit wide, but it works.

- I topstitched the facings down, too, in one long line with the bias tape facing.

- I was going to use some charcoal grey buttons to de-girlify the top a bit, but Tim wisely advised me to use these little cream shank buttons instead. More fitting with the shirt style than the regular 4-hole buttons I was trying to use.


I adore the shoulder gathers (and only just noticed that the last few tops I have made for myself, Camas, Gillian and this one, all have similar shoulder gathers) and the flattering neckline.


I also really appreciate that there is a little strip of fabric behind the buttons to ensure no sneak peeks between the buttons when you are moving around. A nice, practical touch.

And the fisheye darts are pretty awesome... they help give the blouse some lovely shaping in the front and back:


All-in-all, New Look 6107 for the win! I will definitely plan to make this again. Contrasting yoke, perhaps? Solid color to show off the lines a bit?  Some special, funky buttons?

Have you made New Look 6107? How'd it go?


28 comments:

  1. That looks amazing on you! :) I bet those little button loops were nutty to turn. :S They turned out so well and the fabric is gorgeous! :)

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    1. Thanks, Andie! Oh god, those loops... *shakes fist at the sky*

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  2. Oh I love this top! The colors and style are very flattering on you. I found your blog when searching for the Camas top, which looked great BTW, so I'm not surprised I also like this forward shoulder, gathered, V-neck top as well!

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    1. Thanks, Carrie! This is a really similar shape to Camas, isn't it? I guess I like what I like!

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  3. I love it! Good call on the buttons too

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I hate to admit, but husband was right on the buttons ;-)

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  4. Cute top, and it looks gorgeous on you! The cut, the colors - a real winner. I have that pattern too, I need to dig it out and make it up!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, make it! It's a great pattern!

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  5. Really cute top! It's so flattering. I really should make a list of all the patterns I have that I haven't used yet. I know there are loads of them!

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    1. Thanks, Teri! Yeah, I was a little embarrassed when writing up my list... insanely long. I could sew for months and not make it through the list.

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  6. This looks amazeballs on you Meg!! I love the colours and the fit is super flattering! Hooray for pattern junkies!
    PS: I think Tim was spot on about the buttons.

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    1. Thanks, Heather! And score one for Tim... he'll be so proud when I tell him.

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  7. What a beautiful shirt! I need to get my hands on some Japanese lawn! I love the button loops (I can only imagine the frustration)!

    I love that you're chipping away at your unsewn patterns - I just made a huge spreadsheet to figure out the same thing!

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    1. Thanks, Katie! Spreadsheet is a good idea- I did mine by hand, but it's out of control and I think only some spreadsheet action can tame it.

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  8. Your version looks so nice. I made this one up last year and need some modifications to suit me. Just wanted to say that I agreed with you about the neckline binding instructions. They had me completely stumped about what I was supposed to do. I made the version with the bow, could not work out how it all joined up and I just made it up myself!

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    1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one mystified by the binding instructions- they didn't make sense! I'll have to make the bow version now that I know the fit works for me!

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  9. Such pretty fabric and a really flattering top!

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    1. Thanks so much! Yeah, this fabric was a good find!

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  10. I really like this style. It looks really flattering and comfortable. Great that it's got a button 'flash guard' :)

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  11. Lovely! This pattern has been on my to-make list for quite awhile. Seeing yours makes me want to get to it!

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    1. Thanks, Robin! Yes, I highly recommend this pattern- you should make it!

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    1. Nope- no FBA for me. That's not an alteration I normally make, though, as I am more a B/C.

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