New Look 6968: The Pwede Na Yan (That's Good Enough) Dress

I was just at The Sew Weekly and I so wish I was more creative with naming my me-made stuff! So here's my first stab at naming clothes.


Pattern: New Look 6968 Dress View D

Fabric: Synthetic and cotton blend from Tessuti remnant pile. I check out their remnant from time to time. (I'm still kicking myself for not buying a 1.5m Liberty of London remannt.)

Date first worn: mid-2010

Wear again? Yes, it doesn't need a press so it's good for when I'm rushing to work.

Sew again? Yes. There are a few issues, but it fits well enough.

Recommended? Yes, but the collar/tie thing is not beginner-friendly.

Sizing and alterations: Can't rememebr, but probably a 6 for the shoulder/neck bits, an 8 for the bust and a 10 for the waist and hips. Also, I shortened the bodice and the hem.

Fabric prep: Again, I cannot remember if I prewashed it.

Cutting: My old way of eyeballing grain lines.

Marking: Probably with tracing paper.

Instructions: I remember I had a horrible time with the collar/tie thing when I made it. I also have a horrible time doing it up when I wear it.

Sewing: The collar/tie is off and uneven. I burnt the left fake pocket. The sleeve seams are puckered. The bust darts are too low.

Conclusion: With all those mistakes, I still wear the dress, cos people don't seem to care or notice. They think it's fab and are amazed that I made it myself. Hence, it's the "Good Enough Dress". But then most of my me-made stuff are of the good enough variety.

Notes for future sewing:
  • The seam ripper is my friend. Repeat. The seam ripper is my friend.
  • Check iron temperature. Test a piece if unsure of fabric content.
  • Check bust dart location.

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