I know it’s summer, and I’m supposed to be outside enjoying the weather, but it’s hot. Too hot to be outside. I’d rather be inside sewing, and thankfully, I’ve accumulated a lot of projects to keep me busy in the A/C. One of these projects was a dress for a special religious event that happens annually. It’s a time when we all like to look our fanciest. A friend of mine had been holding on to this beautiful pink fabric that someone had given her, and neither of them had the time to focus on making a dress. That’s where I came to the rescue! After looking through her pattern stash, she settled on the New Look 6184.
I like this pattern because it’s pretty straightforward, and it’s such a classic dress. I think it might be out of print, but if you’re interested you can click through my Amazon affiliate links here or here. (New Look 6184 also goes by the number 0180.) My friend wanted option E with sleeves and no sash.
I don’t know how to draft sleeves (yet), so I used the sleeves from my Colette York pattern since they’re the length she wanted. I have such a hard time setting sleeves as it is, especially when they belong to a totally different pattern! My mother suggested that I just gather them all the way for a nice detail on the cap and then letting my friend decide if she liked them that way.
I’m so grateful that she loved the gathered sleeves! I actually do think they add something to the dress. This was also my first time pleating anything. Now I’m obsessed!
I love how this dress turned out! And it fits her like a glove.
The fabric is some kind of cotton, maybe broadcloth? I have no clue, but it’s a little stiff. I couldn’t tell the right side from the wrong side, so that was fun. I kept having to use the flashlight on my phone to compare sides before attaching anything. The right side is only slightly more shiny than the wrong side.
Can you tell? (It’s the one on the right!)
I was determined to match the darts on this dress. I’m usually content to leave them alone, as long as the spacing between them is consistent. But for some reason I had to get them lined up this time. All it took was a lot of basting and patience.
One added perk is that there was so much fabric left that she let me keep all the rest! I’m thinking of making a dress with princess seams, like the one I made for another friend.
What summer projects have you finished lately?