|Dress: Handmade (NL6223, View A)|
|Handbag: Moony Mood|
|Alphabite Heels: Irregular Choice|
Another day, another New Look 6223. I definitely went through a spate of making this pattern over any other. This one was my first attempt at the pattern and I went for View A with the thought that it would be something a little different to the Simplicity 2444's I'd been making at the time. (View C of NL6223 and the sleeveless version of Simplicity 2444 can look very similar, as shown here).
The main element of view A of this pattern is the ruched detail to the front of the bodice and one shoulder. It was a technique I'd not tried before but the instructions made it very simple. I do wonder if a plain fabric would have been better than a print to make the draping more obvious. This fabric was some which I'd picked up a few years back in my local haberdashery, which I decided to use for my first try. I finished off the neckline and sleeve cuffs with some vintage orange bias binding and the zip was a random vintage orange one.Very much a "using things up" dress as this was before I'd purchased all of my recent fabrics and I even used an old pair of PJs for the lining and pockets, as I didn't have enough lining fabric.
Considering it was a bit of a "wearable muslin" to begin with, I actually do quite like the way this dress turned out. The sleeves are a little bit gathered as well, which I think creates a nice effect. For it's #MMMay14 outing, I paired it with these Irregular Choice Alphabite heels and a bright orange handbag.