Thursday, June 17, 2010

Overlooking New Look?

I forget about New Look patterns.  Perhaps becase the patterns are not prominent on Simplicity's site.  Or because New Look patterns are never on sale; while they are always a cheap $3.99, it seems that every weekend either McCalls, Butterick, or Simplicity are on sale for 99 cents, so I gravitate towards those.

In any event, I shouldn't overlook New Look as there are some real gems.

This could be another version of The Perfect Dress - but this one with a great tie neckline:



I want that red dress in that fake red/white fabric...

I've been seeking a pattern for the white top below: just a 3/4 length-sleeve woven top pattern that's not a tunic.  It's suprisingly hard to find, so I was excited by NL6868:



It got so-so reviews on Pattern Review because of a wonky facing (if you look closely at the model's top on the site, the neckline facing is a little crazy), but it's such a great top that I may have to make it work.  Can't you see it in an eyelet?

My favorite is this skirt:


The short length and pleats look high-end RTW!  It is definitely on my (huge) to-sew-list.

22 comments:

liz said...

Where are there usually 99 cent pattern sales? I am new to this and could definitely use that to stock up!!!

meli88a said...

Oooh, I really like that skirt pattern too. I've actually never had luck with New Look patterns, but I think it's because I haven't sewn enough of them. They are definitely designed for people taller than me.

Gail said...

99c patterns! In Australia the best we get is $7.50 Simplicity patterns. I love each of these choices, but my past experiences with New Look patterns hasn't been great. Pieces not fitting together well and running big. Tissue fit definitely recommended.

Lakaribane said...

I fell in love with New Look patterns back in 2001 and had to restrain myself from buying too many while I was studying in Montreal.

Then I forgot about them, like you, because they are never on sale at the chain stores and not many people seem to make them.

But I still love them! That dress is getting pretty popular with bloggers and I can certainly see why...

Anonymous said...

They are a good price but tissue fit them first I have had alot where the steams don't match up and the sizing is very strange.

Rebecca said...

I spent a lot of time mumbling obscenities while trying to make NL6868 work.
If you try it and manage to make it work please, please, please share what you did. I am still very much in love with the tie neck line and would jump at the chance to have another go at it. I think it would look great in an eyelet now that you've mentioned it.

Mz.Choize said...

You're right, don't overlook New Look,lol. I actually recently picked up 6968 and 6969 myself, they're both pretty nice! I think people overlook them because the model/cover pics arent always so attracting, but I always like to look at the line drawings anyway to get a more detailed look. Btw, that skirt is calling me to make it this weekend!
Looking thru fabric stash now.....

cindy said...

I have made one NL dress and I was pleased with it. I love the skirt pattern that you chose!
I find many NL patterns have a retro, vintage pattern appeal to them. I might have to go back and look at them!

Manecoarse said...

Ooooh, thanks for posting these. I want that skirt pattern. New Look 6969. That's easy to remember. Gotta get that.

katikando said...

I was eyeing that skirt pattern this afternoon but the McCall's patterns were $0.99 so I didn't want to spend $3.99 on a NL pattern. Kwik Sew has some cool patterns too but they are also never on sale, they definately control the market on lingerie and swim/activewear patterns.

Anonymous said...

Where are these 99 cent patterns?! I got on sewingpatterns.com for these sales but then the shipping is always $10. Any ideas?

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

Joann Fabrics puts at least one of the Big 4 (McCall's, Simplicity, Butterick, and Vogue) patterns on sale almost every weekend. Vogue patterns are usually on sale for $3.99, but the other 3 are $1.99 or 99 cents.

I get Joann flyers in the mail (with coupons!) that lists the sales, but you can also troll the Joann's website for what patterns will be on sale soon. Go to the "local store flyers" section, type in your zip, then carefully browse through the pdf. flyer to spot the sales!

I've heard that Hancocks puts its patterns on sale too, but there are no Hancocks in New England.

The Cupcake Goddess said...

I often overlook New Look patterns as well. They have some great patterns if you can get past some of the pattern envelope photos. Really great picks here! Love that skirt too! Gorgeous!

Clio said...

Ditto! I overlook New Look too, but just ordered my first (#6915 - Tunic or mini-dress). I like the skirt you picked out, too.

Sheila said...

I love new look patterns and will be picking up the blouse and skirt pattern. I have the first one.

Eugenia said...

I'm a pattern junkie so I look at just about every pattern source. I have bought a few New Look patterns but I have to admit that I've only actually made two so far - one I didn't like and one that I liked so much that I have made it twice.

pureromancebynicolecissell said...

Love this skirt! I actually just made it last week. Super quick and easy!

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Susan said...

I've had mixed results with New Look patterns. I do know that if I make any sleeveless tops by them I have to take a little more in on the side seams from the waist up--they have a lot of bust ease and the arm holes tend to gape on me--the extra I take in solves this.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

New Look has come out huge on me, but how much do I love that skirt?

amber said...

I've only made one NL pattern, but it turned out great seeing as it was *my* first foray into sewing knits. ;) I have actually tucked that pattern away as I think it would be a great dress if I'm ever pregnant. Easy to sew and a great silhouette for a growing belly. Ha!

I really love that skirt pattern above. In fact, I think it might even be on my ever-growing pattern list.

Meg said...

I've with Rebecca on NL6868. I've got one half sewn from last summer in a fabric I love. The sizing is my problem. The bust measurement allows for something stupid like 12" of ease, but the hips only have 2" I think. How does that work???? I recut the top I had already cut. I am a size 12 in the bust and the largest size, 18 maybe?, in the hips. I have a very large chest. If you look at the picture, there's no way that model has 12" of ease in her top. If you make it, cut by your measurements. And if you make it work, tell me also. I love it too. The pleats are cute. I'd love to have a few. :( This has turned me off from New Look patterns.