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New Pattern Review | New Look N6696

Minerva’s #SewnWithNewLook Challenge

Starting 2022 on the right foot

Happy New Year!!! This is the first of many posts for 2022. Don’t judge me if you see a few projects from 2021 being posted. I’m trying to get back on track of blogging all my makes in an acceptable time. My mantra for the year is, Be focused, intentional and reliable! Now let’s move on to the project.

As a Minerva Brand Ambassador, we are fortunate to be in the know of certain events. When they first reached out and asked for makers to join in their challenge, I jumped on it. I’m so happy they created this challenge to kick start 2022. New Look is one of the only pattern company, I hardly use. It’s a true sign of growth and maturity when you acknowledge your shortcomings and intentionally work on them.

The little red dress project was mammoth, so I knew to keep me sane as the year began, a simple pattern was needed. With this in mind, I decided that New Look N6696 would be the perfect match. This fact holds true to my January sewing plans, where all the patterns are less intense. Yet detailed enough to add depth to each project.

The silhouette of this dress is simple but elegant. It features cap sleeves and an optional side front slit. There is also a cutout option at the back. Because my shoulders are broad, I cut a size 12 and fit perfectly without any adjustments. It would’ve fit like a glove if I had used the size 10. Which I preferred, but since it’s a gifted project and I wanted to ensure my review is based on someone that wants a perfect fit and not a bodycon.

To make this dress my own, I made one small modification. I shortened it and removed the slits. If you are looking for a quick make, I would say this one can be sewn up in about 2 hours. This pattern would be recommended for confident to intermediate beginner sewists.

As with all patterns that are somewhat new to you, you tend to be concerned about the instructions. I can confirm that both the instructions and illustration were easy to follow and user-friendly. This is a pattern, which I have no doubt will be revisited by me in a solid color.

Botanical Beauty, A dress for the preppy at heart!

Yes, yes, I love this fabric; the design is feminine and has a touch of pristine to it. The orchid print is glorious and I would expect nothing less than amazing from a Lady McElroy fabric. It complements this pattern nicely. It’s a cotton sateen with 10% stretch, 57.1 inches wide, and of medium weight. After washing the fabric, the color is still vibrant as the first day I received it.

A major fact to note about this fabric is lining up the orchids. You must consider each seam and where the line-up. It may not be a plaid fabric but the layout resembles one with regard to assembling your project. Other than that, it’s time to get sewing.

I love how this dress turned out and I want to share it in the most positive visuall


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