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    Lovely Lemons New Look 6692

    Continuing my challenge to expand my wardrobe stylistically, I can now tick “maxi dress” off my list. Yes that’s right in a decade of sewing I have never made a maxi dress for myself. I don’t think I’ve ever owned a shop bought one either!!

    Almond Rock sews New Look 6692 maxi dress with shirred back bodice in lemon print fabric

    Meet New Look 6692; a dress from last summer that I finally got round to. It’s a stunner of a square neckline dress pattern with midi length finish, and optional puff sleeves and skirt ruffle length variations. There are POCKETS and a simple tie at the upper back to stop the shoulders falling off.

    The centre back bodice is supposed to be sewn with channels that you feed flat elastic through. But given the panel wasn’t too big I decided to sew rows of shirring elastic to cinch the back. I folded the back panel WST and sewed my rows. Then I encased the panel between the outer and lining side back pieces for a neat finish on the inside.

    I skipped the side seam zipper as the shirring made it easy to get on over my head. And as you can see it’s maxi length BUT I didn’t need to alter anything for that… as I’m a diddly 5ft4 the length hits me at the ankle rather than a midi.

    This luscious lemon fabric is from Abakhan Mostyn. I’ve written many times about how I love finding treasure in the Abakhan remnant baskets. The baskets make up a good 50% of the dressmaking section in Mostyn and I found this lemon cotton sateen quite quickly. There was 3m and it’s quite lightweight, so it was perfect for this dress!

    Almond Rock sews New Look 6692 maxi dress with shirred back bodice in lemon print fabric

    If I make this pattern again (highly likely) I will tinker with the bust fit a bit more. Its completely wearable but a little looser than I’d like on reflection. I might also shorten it to midi length as I’m still not convinced about maxi dresses! They just swamp me even though I think this looks cute.

    Almond Rock sews New Look 6692 maxi dress with shirred back bodice in lemon print fabric

    Straight princess seams like this generally suit my figure and I like how you don’t see all the seam lines in this print. It’s pretty easy to fit, I’d just lose another half a cm for comfort. The skirt is a perfect fit though! I made the size 12 bodice with a size 18 skirt gathered into the waist. Next time I’d go down to a size 10 in the upper chest and bust for a lovely close fit.

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    Make lemonade New Look 6587

    I’m a romantic at heart… I daydream about wearing glorious vintage clothes in stunning architectural spots around Europe… I’m Audrey in Roman Holiday, or Grace in To Catch A Thief… In reality I don’t have the patience to get up at dawn to find a location then get in position or wait in the perfect spot for everyone to leave the frame. People in tracksuits tend to ruin the retro illusion. But I make do.

    Almond rock new look 6587 Dolce and Gabbana lemon dress nl6587 #simplicitybyme

    During my trip to Barcelona in May I knew I wanted to at least get blog photos of this dress. I’d hoped for more since I was in a stunning European city BUT I have a very unhappy photographer/travel companion who doesnt like getting in the way/being watched taking photos/the pressure to get the perfect shot. I think Rach and Noelle have a genius solution being dedicated photographers for each other. Any volunteers?

    Almond rock new look 6587 Dolce and Gabbana lemon dress nl6587 #simplicitybyme

    Seeing catwalk dresses and knowing you can make a version that suits your life and budget is so enjoyable! I had the above Dolce and Gabbana lemon and floral beaded poplin dress (£2578) saved on my pinterest board for a long time as well as the below stunning organza silk lemon print dress which is a D&G variation on the first style (£3798).

    Almond rock new look 6587 Dolce and Gabbana lemon dress nl6587 #simplicitybyme

    For my version I used a stretch cotton with zesty lemons on a smaller scale and teal leaves. This fabric is from Fabricland a year ago when lemon fabric mania was at its peak!! Flash forward a year and there’s new lemon designs out there so go shopping with glee everyone.

    Almond rock new look 6587 Dolce and Gabbana lemon dress nl6587 #simplicitybyme

    As a modest lady who gets cold easily I wanted a dress with sleeves and have been quietly obsessing over button front dresses for a while. I got New Look 6587 in a pattern shop about 5 years ago and took it out every year thinking “Is this too 90s? If it is why do I love it so much?”. Safe to say I made it more vintage.

    Almond rock new look 6587 Dolce and Gabbana lemon dress nl6587 #simplicitybyme

    I made view E without the trim. The skirt is barely gathered which I find quite flattering and works well in this style of fabric. I also added an inch to the length for midi coverage. Everything is faced in nude bias binding which is a neat finish. I chose vintage teal and white buttons I picked up in the Bonds of Farsley sale and to make up for having only 7 buttons I added reverse buttons on the inside in the gaps.

    Almond rock new look 6587 Dolce and Gabbana lemon dress nl6587 #simplicitybyme

    My belt was made using a vintage belt kit gifted a few years ago by a fellow sewist. While I’ve made a belt before I’ve never had access to real belting material. My kit was nearly identical to the one shown in this tutorial. I love the finished effect and made sure to perfectly position two holes – one for before dinner and one for after!

    Almond rock new look 6587 Dolce and Gabbana lemon dress nl6587 #simplicitybyme

    This dress turned out so much better than I hoped. The style, colours and fit make me so happy and stylish. (Quick announcement: I’m also in love with my lemon earrings!) Barcelona beach was a fun backdrop for the photos… even if I had to sacrifice my beautiful ideas of retro images. I might wear it to the Italian Riviera themed party at New Craft House this sunmer!

    Almond rock new look 6587 Dolce and Gabbana lemon dress nl6587 #simplicitybyme

    Feeling happy 50s or 90s vibes for this pattern? Take a look at these ace versions: I’m green with envy over this dress, and I’m gagging over this beauty and last but not least visit pattern review to see this, plus more cute versions!