Thursday, 27 August 2015

New Look 6723

How are you all today? I'm feeling nice and rested still after spending last week on holiday up in Northumberland with my family. Obviously I had to make a couple of new things to take with me, which means that I can treat you to some different photo backdrops for my next couple of posts, starting with this version of New Look 6723...


It's a pretty pattern with a princess seamed bodice, full skirt and a sweetheart or higher neckline, and sleeveless, short sleeve or three-quarter sleeved options. Oh, and a lined bodice - which is definitely my favourite finish.

I bought the pattern partly because I decided that I'd like a couple of dresses with slightly lower necklines. As is probably evident by now, I love my Emery dresses but their one downside is that I can't wear my necklaces (nothing posh, just pretty!) with them. So I was definitely going to try the sweetheart version of New Look 6723 first, and it's summer so sleeveless seemed like a good option.


The fabric is G├╝termann Long Island Rose. I got it from Weaver Dee when they had it half price, but they don't seem to have it in stock anymore.

It surprised me a little when it arrived - I was expecting the print to be smaller scale and the background to be navy, whereas it's definitely a grey-blue and in some lights looks much more grey than blue. It's a lovely quality cotton though, and the more I looked at it the more I thought that it was probably actually nicer than what I thought I was buying. Surprises are good when they're nice surprises!


I made a couple of changes to the pattern. Firstly, the sweetheart bodice has a centre front seam, which I assume is to make it easier to get a nice point on the sweetheart shape. I didn't really want a seam there breaking up the fairly large-scale print though, so I chose to cut the bodice on the fold instead. I reinforced the stitching at the centre point, and cut as far down into the seam allowance towards the point as I dared, and that's produced a perfectly good shape as far as I'm concerned.


I also added pockets as I'm fairly prone to hay fever-type sneezing fits so it's always good to have somewhere to put a tissue! I just stole the pattern pieces from the Emery dress - nice and simple. I know some people don't understand the fascination with pockets, but I definitely find that I miss them when they're not there.

The pattern uses a lapped zip, but I had an invisible zip ready to use so I went with that option instead. That meant that I had to do a couple of the other steps slightly differently, but that mainly affects the finish on the lining not the actual dress itself.


When it came to picking a size, I tried out my theory I mentioned in my post about my last dress of sizing down in the shoulders to avoid underarm gaping. I made a size 14 at the shoulders, grading out to a size 16 from the bust downwards and it worked a treat - no underarm gaping in sight!

Other than that, I just needed to make my standard adjustment of adding length to the bodice (although only 1.5 cm, so less than usual).


I like this dress a lot more than I was expecting to when the fabric arrived. It's really pretty, but I think the grey in the background dilutes the sweetness of it a bit so stops it from being too girly and twee. I love the shape as well - so much so that I'm thinking of cutting into some prized Liberty lawn for another 6723. What do you think, should I do it?!

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  1. Oh yes this is beautiful on you. The fabric is really pretty and I love the neckline. Great job grading out from the bust, its worked a treat.

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    1. Thank you Louise! I'm really pleased with this one!

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  2. Such a pretty dress, Ruth! I've just made a dress with a sweetheart neckline too and also stole Emery pocket pattern pieces. Great minds think alike! Grading down for the shoulders has given you a great fit. I always find fitting shoulders so tricky.

    P.S. So jealous of your sandal tan!

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    1. Thanks Jo! Great minds definitely do think alike! The sandal tan suddenly seems to have appeared from nowhere - probably an indication I've been wearing the same 2 very similarly shaped pairs of sandals all summer!

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  3. very nice fabric - looks like you got a good fit ;o)

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  4. Your dress is gorgeous! I love the sweetheart neckline, and agree with you about getting rid of the bodice centre front seam. I also agree with you about pockets, Simplicity 2444 pocket piece is my favourite! And what a bargain on the fabric, it would have been rude not to buy it!

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    1. Thank you Lynne! Yes, definitely rude not to buy pretty fabric when it's 50% off. You've reminded me that I need to make Simplicity 2444 still - it's been on my list for ages!

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  5. Very pretty and the colours are lovely. I love a sweetheart neckline but I'm definitely in agreement that you don't want a seam down the front! Looks like you managed some rain free beach time.

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    1. Thank you! The seam down the front would just have been odd, wouldn't it? And yes, I did just about manage rain-free beach time - although it did start to pour about half an hour after we took these photos!

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  6. You suit this style so much! it's absolutely lovely, and the neckline looks really really good, definitely think you were wise not to put a seam down the middle there!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad I took that seam out too!

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  7. Lovely dress and the photos are perfect. You capture that endless summer vibe!

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