Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Vintage Sewing: New Look Maudella 6523

This week I have a home-sewn garment that isn't very pretty.  I chose version 3 of New Look Maudella pattern 6523, a simple short sleeve top.  '80s tastic!  Let me admit, it wasn't a great pattern to start with.  Coupled with a poor fabric choice, this is one for the learning pile.  I can't help but feel that the finished top looks a bit like hospital 'scrubs'?!  The fabric is a cotton sateen, and it's not only too stiff for the style, but it's a fabric I would probably never wear.  I only bought it as it was part of a bag of remnants for sale.

New Look Maudella

New Look 6523
Above: I sewed version 3, which is bottom right in this photo.

The pattern itself was pretty easy.  Two bodice pieces, and two facing pieces for around the neckhole.  I still managed to sew the facing in the wrong way round.  Also, because my fabric probably was a bit too thick, it's ended up with a few lumps around the neckhole too where the layers join together.

New Look Maudella

New Look Maudella

Anyway, I've decided that I've done enough messing about with practice patterns with fabric that I'll never actually wear.  It's time to plunge into my next project.  I've chosen the 'Coco' pattern from Tilly and the Buttons.  It's the funnel neck top that I'm after, for its '60s vibe.  I'm going to make it with 3/4 sleeves, with the cuffs.The fabric I have is some lovely coral ponte from Clothspot.  I ordered far too much, as I was going to make the dress but have since changed my mind and want to do the top instead.  It's these kind of tops, like my Vivien of Holloway slash-neck top, that I always miss when they're in the laundry basket.  Here's Grace, to illustrate the vibe I'm going for!

Grace Kelly

As of writing this, the fabric is laid out with the pieces on it ready to cut out.  It was my first time altering sizing on a pattern, as I've had to make the bust a size bigger than the waist and hip.  Let's see how it turns out.  I'm not making a toile or practice one, as I don't have any practice stretch fabric and I hate the idea of making something so simple twice.  This may prove to be a mistake, but I'll give it my best shot!

19 comments:

  1. The Coco is a great pattern, I've made loads, and it's definitely an easy knit to experiment with. Good luck! :)

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  2. That top is lovely on you and the colour is so pretty. I'll be honest, if I'd seen that pattern I'd have given it a wide berth but I think it looks way better on you than on the packet illustration! xxx

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    1. Aw thanks, I think you're being too kind though!! I still can't stop singing 'No, I don't want no scrubs...' when I see it!

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  3. I actually rather like the top you made! Yes, it does look a little stiff (I used to make a lot of practice ones in cotton sateen chintz!) but the colour is lovely. I definitely think it would look really cute in a slightly softer fabric with a gorgeous print on it. Good luck with the funnel neck top, that should really suit you. xx

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    1. I'm really self-critical, that's what this sewing journey so far has taught me! I would try the pattern again - I mean, it's 4 pieces, it's so simple - but yes I think a softer drapey fabric, and with a nice print on would be better than hospital scrubs pink ;)

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  4. I don't think that top is as bad as you think it is :) the colour really suits you as well! I had a top that was sort of similar to this in shape that I wore to the office in the summer, it was quite a handy one to have a round because the shoulders were covered but the sleeves were nice and airy. Anyway, good luck with your next project! It really does impress me that you can make anything look like an actual item of clothing though, so I will always think everything you make is amazing :D xx

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  5. It's not a dreadful top, but it doesn't seem very 'you'. I can see it working with a toning hippie skirt.

    The Tilly top, on the other hand - that's going to be fab. I can see that one looking super on you, especially in coral. (Do you have any turquoise jewellery?)

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  6. Although I learn from all my sewing mistakes, I think I've regretted every time I've made something with a fabric that will "do" or make a good practise run. The good fabric is pretty much always worth it. I recently tried my first knit project, and the pattern was a hard one to start with, but it was ok. Just the fabric let me down - it was literally tearing as I worked with it! Yuck. Big regrets.

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  7. By which rant I mean to say "go for it" in your focus on patterns and fabrics you like and will actually wear. Learning is all well and good but the motivation is better when you love wearing the results!

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  8. Let's say the top was good practice. Good luck with the Coco pattern. I bet the top will look even lovelier on you than on Grace ... xxx

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  9. I don't think it looks like scrubs, but it is fantastically 80's, I rather like it!

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  10. The top looks great!! Can't wait to see your next project complete, I still need to finish my dress before Christmas.. I better try and finish it today.. x

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  11. It's taken me a few years before I've felt comfortable to cut into "good" fabric, but inevitably I find that a garment made from the right fabric makes all the difference to how it turns out in the end! I'm trying to work my way of the test - ie, cheap fabric I don't really like- stage too. I hope your next project turns out to be everything you want it to be! :)



    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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  12. This color is actually really quite nice so it's a shame your not happy with the finished top! I love cotton sateen for dresses and skirts, but you're right that it is a bit stiff for a blouse. The neckline looks quite smooth actually, so I imagine you knew to clip the curves inside as that makes all the difference! Good luck on your next project, I'd love a funnel neck top like that so I'll be pining that pattern!

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  13. I don't think your top looks anything like as bad as you think it does, it's pretty! But I do agree that a fabric with more drape would help with those blocky 80s grown-on sleeves. Ahh, we novice sewists live and learn... Good luck with Coco! xx

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  14. When we see something ourselves, we are overly critical and see every flaw. Don't forget that every garment ever made has flaws and perculiarities that are a result of so many factors including the choice of fabric, the finishing used, the body wearing it, etc.. Even garments made by professionals have something not quite perfect. I think you have done a splendid job, so keep going!

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  15. The color is so lovely on you! Glad that you are getting some sewing in! I hope everything goes well with your next project :)

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