Monday, February 22, 2010

New Look 6937 - featuring Jennifer Paganelli

Uhh, Jennifer Paganelli wasn't interviewed for this post or anything, I hope I didn't give you the wrong impression. I just used her fabrics to make this top to take along on our Florida vacation.

Pattern: New Look 6937 - $3.99
Fabric: 100% cotton - Free Spirit - $17.98 total (approx. 2 yards)
Total cost: $22.50 (including elastic for sleeves)
Time elapsed: 2 hours sewing, 1/2 hour cutting
Rating: Eh. Not my favorite but not a wadder either.

I finished my New Look top for our Florida trip.

It's an easy pattern, but there are a few problems with it.

First, it seems to fit too big in the back and I need to pull it off my shoulders to get the back collar/facing piece to lay flat, but in the front it's too big and fits best when I pull them together and overlap them a bit. I have no idea what's the fix for this? Also, it fits fairly tight in the bust but larger up around the neck/collarbone area. Weird.

Also, I made a few mistakes or I was confused on the pattern instructions, either way. They have you sew the interfaced collar band to the shirt. Then when you've sewn on the facing piece, the interfaced piece is what is on top, facing outward. In hindsight I would do it the other way, because maybe it would lay flatter then.

Ew. I don't like two back to back butt shots, makes me want to go exercise or something.

I think a thinner fabric like a voile might lay better?

And I added two inches to the bodice length and I'm still not happy with the finished length. I'd rather it was a little longer so I could add elastic or a drawstring at the bottom to make it kinda bubbly. And two extra inches would hide those two butt shots.

Hey, I just realized something. Look at the girl on the pattern sleeve. She's caving in her chest, too! Her shirt doesn't fit her either. But she looks more carefree than I felt, and of course she has that wicked tan.

Otherwise, I think it's cute and I'll wear it because nobody in the general public will be worried about these things but me.


  1. Super cute! I love your fabric choices! You're right, she's totally caving in her chest. Sketch.

  2. I'm working on the same pattern (but different view) and am also having problems with the directions on how to attach the collar/interfacing. The written directions are wonky and the illustrations don't match to what the written directions are telling you to do. I was looking for help but since it appears it's not just me, I guess I'm going to have to call them. Despite the fit problems you explained, your shirt did turn out nice, though.