Completed: Petrol blue polka dot pretty

Petrol polka dot New Look 6864

Hooray I’ve finished my second version of New Look 6864. This time I’ve shortened the dress length, fully lined the bodice and underlined the skirt with silk charmeuse and added contrast piping to the midriff section to compliment the creamy polka dots in the fabric.

Petrol polka dot New Look 6864

I love this pattern – it’s so easy to knock up, despite what seems like complicated instructions for attaching the bodice to the top yolk and the midriff section. The only fiddly bit was sandwiching the piping in there but with some patience and plenty of pins it all came together.

Inside of New Look 6230

I used French seams on the side and centre seams and slip stitched the yolk facings to the lining. See how neat it is? If the zipper wasn’t on the other side I reckon this could be reversible! Maybe not… 🙂

Petrol polka dot New Look 6864

I couldn’t find ready-made piping in the right colour to match the polka dots so I tried tea-dying some ivory piping first with hilarious results. Then I realised I had loads of calico for muslining which was the perfect colour match! One length of cording and a piping foot later I had just enough to circle the empire waist. I wanted to include piping on the neckline too but that would have been a real headache when I looked at how that part was constructed and I’m glad now I didn’t as it might have been a touch too prissy.

Petrol polka dot New Look 6864

I must reiterate – this is not a maternity pattern, so you don’t have to be preggers to give it a go. I just cut one size bigger in the skirt pieces and gathered a bit more to give me more room. This will last me at least another month or two I think.

Total costs: 

Pattern: Already used so not counted as cost

Fabric: Approx three metres of petrol blue polka dot from Ditto Fabrics – £22.72 inc delivery

Lining: Approx two metres of grape silk charmeuse – £3 bargain

Zipper: About £2

Thread: About £3

Piping: Cord and calico from stash

Total: £30.72

Time taken: About 6-8 hours in total

I also think this could work with a stretchy knit and no fasteners as long as you finish the arm holes properly. Perhaps another version in the pipeline? Ooh maybe I should just move onto something else now…!

And in that very spirit I’ve traced and cut out the pattern pieces for this Kwik Sew 3486 which Dibs so kindly sent me. This one is a maternity pattern and I plan to use my recently purchased elephant print viscose from Ditto fabrics to knock up version A with the sleeves.  I find the envelope illustration terribly mumsy – am thinking if I hike up the skirt and sleeve length and use a fun print it’ll seem a lot less vanilla. What do you reckon?

Kwik Sew 3486

What are you working on at the mo?

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37 thoughts on “Completed: Petrol blue polka dot pretty

  1. Love this dress but gotta ask – are you intentionally using the elephant print for a maternity dress or is it a subconscious slip?

  2. Joanne, this is delightful…the print and piping are both lovely and I cannot believe how neat it is inside. Good work! You bump is looking super cute by the way and I reckon you can totally rock the Kwik Sew maternity dress in a non-mumsy way!

  3. I love your version, I also piped the waistband on mine (and the neckband) but I have trouble understanding the bodice instructions. In the end I just made it up how I thought best as the instructions really confused me plus I was adding piping so I hand stitched the facings to finish.

  4. I don’t know if it’s the color or the style or both, but the dress looks perfect on you. The piping really looks good. I can’t wait to see what you do with the maternity pattern.

  5. Gorgeous! Love the piping – it sets it off beautifully. 🙂

    I reckon you could totally make that other dress into a non-mumsy style. It’s all in the fabric…. (And not using 3/4 length sleeves, which looks to really be bumping up the mumsy styling. Hmmm.)

  6. This looks so lovely and silky against the skin! And you my dear look simply beautiful! I love the idea of this in a knit. That may help take it further as maternity wear.

  7. How cute! I really like this dress! It’s such a great color, and it’s very flattering and sweet! I just finished up Megan Nielsen’s Rie dress for my sister (she’s due in January) today, and I’m hoping to whip up a piece a month for her until then. 🙂

  8. Were you not showcasing your little bump in the one pic, no one would ever know you even had one! That dress is so darling on you and you look so polished and pretty – lovely job! 🙂

  9. Love it!!! And so super neat inside. I’m still producing rather shoddy work on the inside of my makes, so it’s something I need to start working on I think! And look at your lovely baby bump!!!

  10. Joanne, this is the most elegant and perfect maternity dress (even though it’s not officially a maternity dress!) I’ve ever seen. You look absolutely beautiful. x

  11. Lovely, your colour choices are great 🙂
    I don’t know anyone who’s been very pregnant recently but isn’t the envelope lady’s bump a bit low and sharply jutting? I suspect it may have some cushion genes…

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