Posted tagged ‘New Look 6899’

TnT = Tried and True Patterns

August 24, 2011

Believe it or not, I have a few tried and true (tnt) patterns.  I don’t utilize them as well as Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic does with her tnt patterns.  I believe I don’t use my tnt patterns for the following reasons:

1.  I have pattern ADD.  There are so many patterns in my collection and new patterns that other bloggers have made that I don’t use my tnt patterns.

2. I really don’t know what looks good on me.  I begin to doubt the garments I make with my tnt patterns.  I hate shopping for clothes.  Really. Hate. Shopping. For.Clothes but that’s one way of discovering what styles look good on my body.  I’m going to make a point of trying on clothes and taking pictures.

3. I don’t have enough of the right fabric.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I have a lot of fabric but the more I sew, the more I realize that the fabric I purchased when I first started sewing isn’t the best.

4.I don’t have a plan for sewing.  I should participate in the Stitchers Guild Six Pack wardrobe plan and just use my tnt patterns.

So here are my tnt patterns.


McCalls 3830 View C pencil skirt.  I’ve made this skirt twice.

McCall's 3830 black done

McCall's 3830 view C front

New Look 6899 View D.  I have the muslin of this skirt.  It fits great but I haven’t made a single garment!

Tops and Blouses

Simplicity 2598 view E Knit top – shell

Kwik Sew 2740 view B Knit mock turtleneck


Simplicity 3887 View D woven pullover top

Black and White Simplicity 3887 view D

These are the patterns that I can sew and actually wear the item in public.  That makes them tried and true to me.  I’m still working on the dress that will not end.  At this point, I just refuse to quit.  I don’t think the dress is a good look for me but whatever.

In my stash, I have fabric for 5 of  McCall’s 3880 view C skirt.  All I need is lining.

Close up of plaid

Five fabrics for McCall's 3880 skirt

close up of pinstripe fabrics

I have one piece of fabric that would work for New Look 6899.

brown and green floral for New Look 689

I could really use the skirts now that it’s hotter than all get out in Atlanta.  Most of the fabrics are lightweight with the exception of the blue/black wool in the lower left of the picture with all 5 fabrics.

I know I’m not going to sew these skirts back to back.  If I can sew them all before the end of October that would be great.

ETA:  I’ve given up on the dress that wouldn’t end.  If the garment doesn’t look good or feel comfortable in the muslin stage then it’s time to let it go.  I’ve traced Lisette 0459 view A dress.

Now if I can figure out how to do an FBA on the front pattern piece.

I’ve also fallen for Simplicity 3833 view B.

I’ve cut out the muslin for Butterick B5567.  See, I told you I had sewing  pattern ADD.

Enjoy 🙂

Slanted Waist and New Look 6899 View D

September 12, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about a garment project.  I have actually been sewing.  Mostly, muslins of New Look 6899 view D skirt.  I’ve been working on fitting.  My skirts ride up in the back.  I HATE that look.  I’ve had this problem all my life.  At first, I thought it was a rear end issue:)  Yes, I do have a big ‘ole butt 🙂 But focusing on my rear end (that didn’t sound right) will not solve my fitting issue.  I had to look higher.  I had to focus on my waistline…yike!  I have a slanted waist.   The picture below shows the difference.


One day, I tied a piece of elastic around my waist and looked in the mirror slope of my waistline.  I knew from the sewing class it took in the spring that my center back to the floor measurement was longer than my center front to the floor measurement.   But until I saw a visual of my waistline by doing the What not to wear 360 degree mirror check, I didn’t get it. My waistline is not parallel to the floor.  Who knew?

The picture doesn’t show that the hem is even but it is!  Finally, after about a bazillion muslins!  I used the Worksheet from Burda World of Fashion January 2005 titled, “Adjusting for a hem rising at the back”.  This would have been an easy fix, if I’d had my correct measurements.

You will  have to have a friend help you with the measurements.  Basically, you measure center front, center back and both sides.  If you join the Burda English yahoo group, you can view the directions RisingHem.pdf  look at the dark blue box on the left of the page.  This is a great site even if you don’t plan to sew a Burda pattern.

Now that I have the correct measurement and I’ve made adjustments to the pattern.  Piece 13 is used for the front and back.  When I made adjustments, I made a pattern for the front and a pattern for the back.  For the front, I had to remove 2 1/8 inches. (See the blue note on pattern)

Piece 13 New Look 6899 View D

Piece 13 New Look 6899 View D

For the back, I added 1 1/8 inches (in red).  I also added a center back seam.

Piece 13 New Look 6899 view D

Piece 13 New Look 6899 view D

There’s a 3 1/4 inch difference from front to back at my waistline!  No wonder the skirts I made always were always short in the back.

Now that the pattern is all adjusted, I’ve decided to work on another skirt.  New Look 6899 suggested fabrics are lightweight (linens, cottons, and poplins to name a few).  It’s getting a little cooler in Atlanta and I want to sew fall/winter clothing.  I’m glad I took the time to make the adjustments because when spring hits, I’ll have a pattern all ready to go.

I’m now working on McCall’s 3830 view C skirt.  I used the adjustments I made in the New Look 6899 to make a muslin of the 3830 pattern and it works beautifully.  I’ve cut out the fashion fabric (lightweight brown wool) and I hope to sew it this weekend.

I hope everyone has a great sewing weekend.