SEWING MY STASH | NEW LOOK 6372
Okay, now it’s time to get back on track with sewing my stash. Just in case you don’t know what I’m talking about, I set a personal goal to sew 23 patterns that I already have in the year 2023. This beautiful halter maxi dress is from New Look 6372 and it’s my third time sewing a dress from the pattern. But I just realized that this is only the 2nd pattern I’ve sewn from my stash this year, and we’re already in the month of June. YIKES! I’ve got to get busy. Take a look at Pattern #1 Here.
New Look 6372 can be worn as a cocktail or casual dress. Views A and B have a key hole neckline with maxi or short lengths, while Views C and D are halters. The maxi length has a back slit. The pattern is rated as Average, and I believe it’s because of the neckline on Views A and B. It’s currently available in sizes 6 – 18 by paper pattern only.
Inside the Garment
I used my Baby Lock Soprano sewing machine to sew the dress, and my Baby Lock Vibrant to finish the seam allowances. Instead of sewing the front loop down by machine, I secured it by hand for a cleaner finish.
The fabric suggestions on the pattern envelope are: Batiks, Charmeuse, Cotton Lawn, Cotton Types, Crepe, Crepe De Chine, Lightweight Linen Types, Silky Types, and Voile.
I made the dress for a dinner party, so I used a Ponte Knit to give it a dressy look and feel. The pattern is designed for woven fabrics but it’s okay to substitute knits (but never use wovens when the pattern suggests knits). Ponte Knit is a more dressy knit, when compared to Jersey. I’ve had this Ponte fabric in my collection for years. It was purchased at Michael Levine Fabrics in Downtown, Los Angeles. They are no longer in business.
I made several, simple alterations to get the look I wanted.
- I lengthened the dress because I wanted it longer in case I decided to wear heels to the dinner. I ended up wearing flat sandals and the dress length was perfect.
- Although I added 5/8″ to the side seams for more room, I took it out after my first fitting. I thought it would be too tight because the Ponte has less stretch than the Jersey I used to make this dress the first time.
- The straps were too thin for the look I wanted, so I increased the width. I wanted wider straps for comfort around my neck. I’m not a big fan of halters, mostly because I don’t like that tight strap on my neck. So using a knit fabric and increasing the width helps to alleviate that problem for me.
- Finally, I raised the side seams by 3/4″ for more coverage in the chest area.
Single Fold Bias Tape was suggested for all views. The neckline closure for Views A and B require two 1/2″ buttons. Views C and D require 3/4 yard of 1/2″ elastic which is inserted in the casing across the upper back to hold the dress up. Also, you can use a 1/2″ link chain as part of the ties on View C.
I wore the dress to the dinner party with 3-tier drop earrings, a cuff bracelet, matching ring, and silver, flat sandals. Here, I’ve styled it with the same jewelry but added a pair of high heel sandals, and a chain belt.
I was very happy with the fit.
Dinner Party Photos
Here are a few photos of me wearing the dress at the dinner party. It was so comfortable and I had a great time.
New Look 6372 - Previous Designs with the Pattern
These are the other two dresses I made with New look 6372 in the past. The first animal print dress with chain was sewn in 2015 before I launched Anita by Design. The second dress is View A and I made it for a trip to Punta Cana or Jamaica (I don’t remember which one) in 2016. I still have the blue floral dress, but gave the animal print version away.
Thanks for stopping by,
Anita Morris 💕
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Links to Products, Posts & Tutorials
Here are links to products, blog posts, and tutorials mentioned in this post.
- Fabric Option
- Sewing Project Checklist
- Learn to SEW Course
- Baby Lock Soprano
- Baby Lock Vibrant
- Baby Lock Euphoria
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