Bonus Party Dress: New Look 6643

13 Dec

(Just a wee warning before we begin. These photos are an unfortunate documentation of before and after. The inbetween part involved 12 long hours of end of year work drinks in the sun. The before photos are taken in a rush out the door at the one time of day where the light makes it impossible to capture anything clearly and sadly the after photos document the worst hangover I’ve had all  year. Who knew it was possible to look washed out, sunburnt and puffy all at once?)

After sulking for a minute when Dress #2 of my Party Panic Wardrobe didn’t quite capture the summer feeling I wanted, I made a super quick Spotlight trip on Thursday night and grabbed a couple of metres of this tomato red Ponte de Roma.

Let me tell you – if you’re sewing in a hurry this forgiving double knit is the way to go. It hugs and hides and wears so well that if you make impatient mistakes, who cares? Certainly not this fabric.

I grabbed an old fave, New Look 6643 (last seen here). Cutting view C, I made a quick and dirty FBA and free handed a scoop neck front and back (in red below). If I’d had more time I would have done a more considered line but it worked fine.

This is a simple flattering pattern which makes it a quick sew and I sped it up more by using some spare black bias binding to finish the neck and arm-holes rather than cutting from the fabric. Plus with the double knit, there was no need to insert a zipper! All in all it took about 3 hours including cutting and adjusting the pattern.

In the morning to make it a little more festive I made a bow from two tubes of fabric and a safety pin. Hurrah – instantly Christmassy.

Bonus is that without the bow, it makes the perfect Saturday afternoon coffee-grabbing-hangover-recovery dress 🙂


16 Responses to “Bonus Party Dress: New Look 6643”

  1. Sølvi December 13, 2010 at 10:00 pm #

    Wow! It is stunning! And I can´t believe you made it in only three hours. You are my speed sewing heroine. 🙂 And I love the accessorizing with first the bow, and then the belt. I must check out that fabric (and that pattern)! 🙂

  2. laurwyn December 13, 2010 at 10:03 pm #


    Sometimes, sewing is weird. We always want to try fancy new patterns, but then, there are those TNT ones that we always reach for and work great…
    That dress is gorgeous, and I really like it with the belt too!

  3. Suzie December 13, 2010 at 10:26 pm #

    This dress is gorgeous. I LOVE the little bow on the strap – really does give a party feel to the dress. Can’t believe you whipped this up in three hours!!

  4. Cecili December 14, 2010 at 3:46 am #

    Hot! I love it and I prefer it without the belt, the little bow is the perfect detail 🙂

  5. lsaspacey December 14, 2010 at 7:14 am #

    That is one flattering dress. Wowza. I love it both dressed up and casual with the belt. Great job!

  6. Tasia December 14, 2010 at 9:59 am #

    Cute! Love the bow, it makes the dress party ready! (Love that you said ‘quick-and-dirty FBA too.) What a fantastic and speedy dress project! Looks great on you!

  7. rachel December 14, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    You look gorgeous! I really like it with the bow. And sometimes sewing under pressure produces the best results. You’re going great guns with your party dresses!

  8. lakaribane December 15, 2010 at 2:17 am #

    Love it! Love the bow! Love the colour on you! Makes me think I need a few TNTs in my life, LOL!

  9. lizajane December 15, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    Wow! That is one gorgeous dress! I can’t believe it only took three hours. I’ve got to find my tnt dress pattern.

  10. sabrinaClementine December 16, 2010 at 4:35 am #

    You don’t LOOK hungover to me! That dress looks fantastic on you! I LOVE the bow….yet another pattern you’re making me want to go get, lol.

    • lazystitcher December 17, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

      Thanks – but believe me I was feeling pretty wan 😉

  11. Maryann Davis December 18, 2010 at 5:45 pm #

    GREAT dress!!

  12. Jane December 2, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    Oh my Alana, that dress is just stunning. Thanks so much for the link, this has made me even more pleased with my choice of fabric. If mine turns out half as gorgeous as yours I’ll be thrilled. x


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