What pattern is this?
This is Newlook 6144, now sadly, out of print.
What pattern size did you pick?
I picked my usual size for the Big 4 which is a 14 - even though my measurements put me in a 16.
What's the pattern like? Give an overview of your experience with the pattern.
The pattern was pretty straight forward and easy to sew up for an intermediate sewist. It has some nice features: a great neckline (two different options to choose from), a raglan two piece raglan sleeve, waist darts and a back vent. I found the pattern to be well drafted. I added a full lining pattern on my own based on one of my favorite books, Easy Guide to Sewing Linings.
Favorite part of the pattern? Anything you didn't like?
I love the unique neckline - something that seems more like you would find in rtw. I also love the raglan sleeve and felt this would be an easy fit and it was. There wasn't much to dislike. The pattern has relatively few pieces and that makes for easy sewing and putting together.
What kind of fabric did you use? Special notions or supplies?
I used a Linton Tweed that I had purchased a few years ago for the body of the dress. It's a nice thick wool that is idea for winter. I used a navy wool crepe for the sleeves and then lined the dress in bemberg rayon lining. The resulting dress is perfect for a snowy day! Very warm and easy to wear.
I used an invisible zipper and then finished the hem with rayon seam binding and hand stitched.
How's the fit?
I did my usual alterations to the pattern. Full upper back, narrow chest front, sway back. I added some length to the sleeve just as a personal preference. In the final fabric, I ended up nipping in the waist and hip and little as my wool stretched a little.
Love the dress and am thinking about trying another with the other neckline option that comes with the pattern. Easy to sew and easy to wear!