I can't believe I have been sewing so much!!! Three dresses in three weeks. It must be a record for me. The weather in Melbourne has been so hot for the last few months and I just didn't have many dresses to wear to work. There is only one thing bigger than my fabric stash and that is my pattern stash! I cannot believe how many patterns I have bought over the years and I never make most of them up. Such a waste of money, as here in Australia sewing patterns are quite expensive. It would be frightening to add the cost of them up :-/
Again I was looking for a dress that was easy to whip up for work but something that could also be worn with flatter more casual shoes when I was not working. I really liked the style of New Look 6144 but had never made anything from a New Look pattern before as most of the time their sizing stops at size 16. Why I had this pattern in my pattern stash is anyone's guess. I liked the pleated detail on the front of the dress but was a bit worried it would make me look a bit 'booby'. This pattern is one of the few New Look patterns that do go up to a size 18 so I thought it wouldn't be too difficult to adjust it over the hips. It was easy to fit this dress on myself also which is something I often struggle to do. I did worry that with just the two darts in the front and back it may be hard to achieve a good fit but in the end it worked out OK. I am pretty happy with the way this dress turned out. I normally would wear something with this to cover my arms but the other day it was just so hot here I threw caution to the wind and just went out and bared my flabby arms. Very brave of me I think.
I purchased this fabric from Spotlight. It is cotton with a bit of stretch in which makes it really comfortable to wear. This fabric was only $12 per meter so I managed to make this dress for the grand sum of $24 as I had the pattern and the zip already.