To The Point Top: New Look 6148

This post could also be called “The Top That No one Else Seems To Have Made But I Can’t Tell Why: New Look 6148”.

New Look 6148 almond rock

Now we know I’m a big fan of New Look patterns… Ok so sometimes it doesn’t connect, but mostly I’m in love and they’re my go to pattern company.

New Look 6148 almond rock

This top is a case in point. I love the modern yoke on the main view as well as the sleeve variations on offer. There is a slightly curved centre back seam to offer secret shaping which I like. And the pattern envelope isn’t horrendous either!

I made the straight 8 around the top, sleeves and bust and graded out to a 14 at the hips. I’ve done this so many times on NL patterns I could do it by heart. If I didn’t like cake and cider so much maybe I’d be cutting a straight 8 throughout but let’s call it genetics.

New Look 6148 almond rock

My fabrics are bright blue and black microfibre polyesters from my local market stall. I had about 3/4 of a metre of each in the bottom of my scrap bin.

Throw in an overlocked yoke edge, french seams everywhere else and some “gossamer” cotton (aka super light and silky) bias binding and this top was finished in JUST OVER AN HOUR. Boom!

That includes overlocking the sides of my back bodice and then unpicking it as I changed my mind to using the French seams.

New Look 6148 almond rock

As you can see I went for black on the yoke and back with blue just at the front. There’s so much room for playing with colour and print here. Especially if you’re adding the sleeves.

I seriously cannot understand why there are so few finished versions out there on the Internet. My favourite hobby is checking out how others have made and styled a garment that’s in my sewing queue.

In my mind this is the perfect beginner pattern.

  • It has minimal pattern pieces so it quick to cut out and sew.
  • It has enough ease to make it semi-loose meaning no major agonising about fit.
  • It’s a modern fun pattern that looks great without being too difficult.
  • You can totally just pink your seams and go! Or use french seams, overlocking (with your machine or serger) or use a hong kong finish (using seam binding) to add some extra challenge.
  • The only mildly tricksy part to this pattern is sewing the V where the yoke meets the bodice, especially if you’re using a slinky fabric; but a) the V is not that steep which makes it easier, b) if you follow the instructions and go slowly it’s totally fine, I often sew these types of seams in two goes to make it even easier, and finally c) if you’re working in a stable fabric like a nice cotton lawn I don’t even think it’d be considered troublesome!

New Look 6148 almond rock

I hope I’ve shown people this pattern is quite a good and quick little make.

 Now it’s time for me to put a lot more clothes on since the weather is rather grim outside, and then I’ll crack on with some more sewing. Hope you’re all wrapped up warm too!

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45 Comments

  1. Great top & I love your choice of colours!
    I’ve only recently started sewing clothes and am very much the beginner but I will definately be buying this pattern as it seems so simple.

    1. Ooh fun you’re starting out. I definitely recommend it for you then 🙂 then when you’re a pro you can come back to it and make another. It’s a lovely satisfying make!

  2. Amy get a coat on before you catch a cold!!! Cool top… I guess you were just able to see past the pattern packet styling… I’m sure now people have seen it made up NL will have a rush on orders for this pattern! *Stay warm!

    1. Thank you! It’s a little addictive. Just remember not to feel like a copycat if someone has already done what you were planning

  3. No wonder you like New Look patterns so much… they fit you like a dream! Great style lines and use of colour here – i love the simple details that take something plain and make it just that little bit interesting 🙂

  4. Great pattern and love the colour combo. Am going to add it to my to make list – could look good with a drop waist skirt too.

  5. Great top Amy! Love your colour choices and how you decided on the back and yoke as black, but the rest blue…so many more possibilities. Excellent pattern review too, thanks ;o)

  6. I am a HUGE fan of this top. I love the contrasting yoke (so mod!)! The fabric looks so luxe!

    I am forever trawling the pattern reviews too and so many cute patterns get neglected. You have absolutely done this one justice.

    Also your hair is beautiful! how is it so lustrous?

    1. Thanks! It’s such a fun quick make. I do sort of love discovering secret patterns. And heehee thanks for the hair compliment, I swear by the Aussie hair range.

  7. Wow – fab job. I have this pattern – my first ever make was view B and I googled it at the time and there were no other versions to see. Feeling inspired by the sewing bee to make another top and found your lovely version. I think pattern manufacturers should google and use makers images to sell their patterns – would shift a LOT more patterns 🙂 x

  8. Hello
    I was considering buying this pattern, as I think it is very cute. So glad I found your review. Now I am for sure going to purchase. Before i buy a new pattern I often look on the internet for any reviews from sewers out there. Depending on their experience, it helps me decide to buy the pattern or not. So love blogs like this….you can get real sewers experiences. So very helpful.
    And the top looks marvelous on you. Great colors – and you did a great job with the fitting.

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