After the success of the first New Look 6447 I made back in the spring, I had to make another! I loved the fit of the bodice, with its separate waist piece, and this paired with the pencil skirt gave a classic hourglass silhouette; it is so very flattering and I felt so special wearing it. This time round I was making an addition to my work wardrobe so I bought some inexpensive ponte roma in burgandy, I felt it was a little more corporate and in keeping than my grey digital floral print number (although I have still worn this!). It wasn’t quite as stretchy as the scuba I’d used before but I was still able to cut out the same size.
Construction wise it was largely the same as the original incarnation however I didn’t use stretch bias binding for the neck and armholes, instead cutting facings (using the interfacing pattern pieces), which I interfaced with Vlieseline G770 stretch interfacing. For the armholes, after adding the sleeves, I simply turned under a small seam, which I sewed in place. I did debate not adding sleeves and using my fabric to make matching bias tape but I’m a sucker for a capped sleeve! Despite understitching the facings, they still peeked up a little – as you’d expect from me by now, I fixed this with a little Wunderweb to avoid any visible stitching.
Again, as I was using a knit fabric, I omitted the zip, simply sewing the back seam to the kick pleat. As I was making officewear, I felt it warranted a Mad Men Style kick pleat for a proper wiggle skirt. For me, this gives a much more professional finish, teamed with the cut of the dress, and will be perfect for work! The slight decrease in stretch did mean it was a little more snug to pull on and off but by no means too small to wear.
This is definitely one of my new favourites for work and I know it’ll be well worn to the office. This pattern will be kept near the top as I’d love one for each day of the week!
If you like this post, you’ll love my Jersey Pencil Skirt post.