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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.

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

(45) Comments

  1. Hellucy says:

    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. almondrock says:

      Ooh fun you’re starting out. I definitely recommend it for you then ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. almondrock says:

      Heehee I’ve probably got pneumonia brewing now. Thanks for the kind words ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. This top is great – great colours! I think loads of people will be making it up now….possibly myself included!

    1. almondrock says:

      Wooo yeah get on it! Very satisfying to make!

  4. Gorgeous! I love that blue, so intense but fresh too!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you. It really looks electric/lit from within in real life

  5. Lovely top, I’ve never thought of checking out what other people have done with the patterns I like, but that’s a great idea. You’ve managed to get a lovely clean finish x

    1. almondrock says:

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

  6. Really cute! I love this on you!

    1. almondrock says:

      Awww thank you S!

  7. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! I really do find them easiest to fit. More than simplicity

  8. I love this pattern too- Ive made 3- its so perfect to dress up or down- now I need a 4th in 2 tones- you enabler!

    1. almondrock says:

      Yes you and one other girl are all I could find!? Well done on being the inaugural blogger for this one

      1. Sometimes my interest in a pattern seals its fate as unpopular!

        1. almondrock says:

          Poppycock!…. you are my brave pattern explorer, getting there first and proving this is a winner!

  9. Ok, now I’m going to have to check out this pattern. I love simple designs made in great fabric so this looks perfect. Great top!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks! I might make myself another too ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. This is such a flattering and fab use of colour blocking- you and New Look are totes BFFs! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! Colour blocking is muchos fun. BFFs 4eva!!

  11. I adore black and blue together… in fact I may have a similar combo planned for Georgia… really like this top… I bet you wear it a lot!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! Oooh Georgia! Can’t wait to see it.

  12. ernestflagg says:

    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.

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks! I say definitely play with all the options. It’s so versatile!

  13. Great top, I love that colour on you. And I’ve been on the look out for stuff I can make quickly, so I think I’ll add this to the list.

    1. almondrock says:

      Cheers m’dear! It really is a great quick win!

  14. BOOM indeed! I love it, it looks wicked on you!

    1. almondrock says:

      Heehee thank you! It was a great quick win and will get lots of wear

  15. Very nice! Haven’t seen this anywhere else I can remember but it looks like a great pattern.

    1. almondrock says:

      Cheers K! That’s what surprised me. Hopefully I’m adding to the good feedback for it and some more might appear

  16. 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)

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you m’dear! I have to say colour blocking is mega fun! I’ll be having another go soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Ooh! This is lovely! The blue is perfect against the darker colours & that yoke is perfect!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! It was fun playing with what colours to use where. I recommend it ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Cute top. Love the colour blocking.

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you its mega fun to do!

  19. 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. almondrock says:

      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.

  20. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  21. […] allowed the fabric to shine. I had in mind to make a top with a contrast yoke and when I remembered Amy’s lovely top made using New Look 6148, a plan was […]

  22. 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.

    1. almondrock says:

      Happy to help! Bet it’ll look great on you

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