Sunday, January 27, 2013

New Look 6125 - Second try, size 10

Ok, so I must be a glutton for punishment, but I am going to make the New look 6125 dress again. This time I am making it in a size 10. I bought new fabric and everything.

 Simon said that the pale blue dress was nice (big, but nice). However he thought it was missing something. He helped me pick out this fabric. We picked a nice stretched satin.
 There are nice shades of dark and pale purples.
We wanted a nice print, but not one that would be hard to work with as a novice sewer.

I purchased a purple 22 inch invisible zipper and some thread.

Then I traced my pattern in a size 10. Hopefully this one will fit. And hopefully I can get it done before the Holidays! I only have one sewing class left this year. Eeks

I did not get this dress done in my sewing class, as I thought I forgot my walking foot and I would need that to sew this. It may get done next weekend.


I am feeling so guilty. This has not gotten done yet. EEEKKS! I may have time tomorrow. I would love for this to be done for Tyler's party this Saturday. We will see.

So I did not get this done for Tyler's party yesterday. I am so tired this month and my sewing motivation has been zapped by snow storms, wipers flying off my car mid-storm, brakes being finished, cooking, cleaning, holidays in general. So what I have done is taken everything out and placed it on my sewing table. I read through the instructions and have a tentative plan to sew a while tomorrow morning. I even asked hubby for help with the kids while I do this. 80% there.


So I asked Hubby if I could sew for a while this morning. He was SUPER AWESOME and looked after the kids while I hid away downstairs sewing. Only once did I have to rip out my stitches as the lining was not properly lining up

Lining attached right sides together - pinned

It is a good thing that this summer I picked up this dress form from Kijiji for only $40! What a steal. the lady I bought it from received it as a gift and she does not sew. She did not know it's value. I was not about to correct her.

 So I pinned the lining right sides together then sewed it along the neck line and the arm seams.

The first time I did this I was majorly confused and waited for my sewing class. This time around I was super hesitant as I was afraid to screw it up. It was fine. I looked at the diagram and it actually made sense. The first time I attempted this dress I thought to myself "No way this is an easy pattern", but that was my inexperience speaking. I had never done a dress before with a lining.
 The next step is much like a magician performing a magic trick. It felt like I was pulling handkerchiefs out of my sleeve!

The trick is to take the lining from the back and pass it through the shoulder seams towards the front.
 The you pull it through to the front. You do this for both sides. Pull, pull, pull.

Then flip the lining over and pull the dress fabric through. Do it slowly and you will get there, I promise.

I had forgotten to make my notches. I simply pulled the lining back and cut my notches and did it all over again.

Voila! On to the next step. I pressed my seams.

Now I have to understich and sew the sides and then the zipper. This is a good point to eat my lunch.


Here are 2 videos that show me starting to install the invisible zipper. One video is in French the other Franglais. You can see that my Instructor does not like Singer!


 I will add pictures later this weekend, but I just could not wait to post! I am so proud! I am finished a garment that 1) fits me 2) LOOKS GOOD! I am so happy! I just wish that I could have finished it in time for my Christmas parties, but what the hey!

I understiched the lining to keep it in place. I installed the invisible zipper, sewed the lining by hand to the zipper. Voila!

All in all this is a great pattern. I really want to make it in a heavier cotton, without the liner and without the zipper for a nice summer dress. I definitely will make this again.


  1. thank you for the tutorial. I am a beginner and will be working on this pattern on the next month or so. I actually thought I could do it in a weekend, but from reading your blog, you have made me realized that I am still such a beginner, that I will need a few weekends.

    Thanks again and Happy Sewing!

  2. Thanks, enjoy sewing this dress. The results are worth it. I am actually wearing this dress right now to work!

  3. hi how much fabric do you need
    I want to make this dress but i am unsure how much fabric i will need ( i have ordered the pattern but am going to a craft fair in the next few days and it won't turn up in time!)

    If you could it would be really helpful