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New Look and New Look (NL6481 and NL6808)

December 10, 2017

I have been sewing, though not as much as in the past, but mostly blogging has been lagging behind. So I’m covering extra ground today by showing three newly sewn items. The jacket has been finished for a while but I’ve been having a hard time figuring out what to wear with it, mainly because of the shape. You’d think a black jacket would go with everything! The tops are a repeat pattern with some minor fit adjustments, I always seem to need more of these shell tops for work.

Winter in Minnesota means bad indoor pictures… so you really can’t see much of my jacket 😦

Pattern: NL6481 Jacket, NL6808 Sleeveless Top (not out of print anymore? it looks like you can order from Simplicity’s website anyways)

Fabric: Textured black cotton for the jacket, shark print quilting cotton for the first top, and a textured dragon print cotton for the last top. My sister “Pedro” bought the dragon fabric for me in Japan when she was traveling 2 years ago. Needless to say, I had to make something I’d love with it and I only had 1 meter.

Design Likes/Dislikes: I’m mostly going to talk about the jacket because I’ve reviewed this top pattern many times. I really like the general shape and lines of this jacket, but there are some small details that don’t quite work. The pattern is unlined, but I added a lining, and I think I should have done more tailoring with interfacing or something because it’s generally more floppy than expected. Definitely needed a little padding for the shoulders that I’m pretty sure isn’t called for in the pattern. But look at the pattern photo above, it definitely looks like it has shoulder pads to me. I’m unlikely to go back inside my lining to add pads though. The fabric I used is also very lint and wrinkle prone… not that you can see any of that in my pictures.

Sizing and Fit: This is meant to be a boxy jacket, but the bust darts are not good. They’re completely horizontal and very pointy. I also think the shoulders are a little narrow, but would still be helped by padding.

I love this print so much

I also made some fit updates to my beloved 6808. I’ve gained a little bit of weight, or my weight is shifting around, either way I noticed some of my older 6808s were a little tight. Since I previously cut a size 10 from the pattern tissue, I couldn’t just cut a new size 12. Instead I traced my size 10 pattern, moved the darts down a smidge and added a tiny bit to the side seams. It fits very nice now I think.

Changes: Mostly listed above, added lining to the jacket and modified the sizing of 6808

For Next Time: I’m not sure I’ll make the jacket again, there are so many others to try (though I’m interested in the pants included with the pattern), but there will definitely be more 6808 tops… I should try messing with the neckline for some variation.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2017 7:48 am

    Very nicely done and good idea to line it! I have that jacket in a black suiting and it is limited in the tops you can pair with it. I tend to go for straighter necklines (including bateau – I love bateau) or V-necks

    Your slight mods look great on your TNT too!! And yes, blog photos in winter here induce the sads!

  2. Eva permalink
    December 18, 2017 4:35 am

    I love the shark print on the top! Where did you buy the fabric? I like the jacket too – wise idea ro line it.
    No problems of course it it takes a while between blog posts – we all have a life to live so I fully understand. I’m very glad however when you do post. I really apreciate your detailed reviews of th patterns.

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