Making summer dresses has been on my to-do list for a while now. I was so happy when I discovered the New Look 6301 wrap dress. My goal this summer is to make a ton of summer dresses to survive the already ridiculous heat of Arizona. It’s early June and we have already hit triple-digit weather. I’m not ready, but I will get ready. There are a ton of promises that I make about sewing, but I hope to stop that and just sew and let my actions speak for themselves.
This first dress of my summer dress series was inspired by the version that Mimi G made here in black. Of course, I had to make it in one of my favorite colors. I plan to move fast this summer with my sewing so make sure to subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss any posts. And without further ado here is the pattern review.
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Pattern Description: New Look 6301 Misses’s Mock Wrap Knit Dress
Pattern Size Chosen: 16
Sewing Tools Needed That Aren’t Mentioned:
Pins or wonder clips
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you finished sewing it?
Yes, for the most part.
Are the instructions easy to follow? Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the New Look 6301 wrap dress?
I liked the faux wrap. Ties can be cumbersome at times getting stuck on everything or just randomly coming undone. I like that I can wear any number of wide belts that I own and it jazzes up the dress.
I used a stretch stitch so that I didn’t overstretch the fabric as I sewed, but it was still too big. I honestly could have gone down a size and now that I’ve lost weight, I could go down to a size 12 and it would give me the form fitting look that I want. The seam for the waist is in a little awkward spot, so I would always wear a belt with mine so I don’t look like I’m pregnant when I’m not.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I took it in by 2 whole inches because it was too big in the chest. I also lengthen it to the floor.
Would you sew it again?
Yes, but I would definitely sew a size 12 and take it in from there.
How long did it take?
It was pretty quick. It took about 2-3 hours to complete. There weren’t a lot of pieces so the longest part was refitting it to my body.
Tips to avoid it taking as long and other advice:
It’s knit and New Look tends to make their patterns a little larger so I would go down a size so you don’t have to grade down a lot. Double-check your measurements before you cut. This should always be a number 1 rule for you. Other than that it was easy peasy.
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The belt is old, but I found some really cute alternatives for you guys. I’ll definitely be adding these to my closet.
The shoes were discontinued, so here are some cute alternatives.
If you are interested in more summer dress pattern reviews make sure to check out my post The Making of My Birthday Dress and Adventure to Long Beach
Until next time…