Pattern Review: New Look 6838

I’ve been hankering to make a Breton-style top for summer. I love Jean Paul Gaultier’s tops, but I can’t afford one unless I hit the lottery, so I did a search on the web for a pattern. I was almost resigned to shelling out a fair amount of cash for an indie pattern when I stumbled across a (new to me) blog called Jet Set Sewing. Voila! The blogger had done all the work for me. I love when that happens, don’t you? Thank you, Jet Set Sewing!

When I saw the New Look pattern I knew I had hit pay dirt. I know what adjustments I need to make to Simplicity/New Looks, so I was off.

Pattern Description: From Simplicity’s website, “Misses Separates Misses Pants and Knit Tops.

Wow, that’s really helpful… not. How about this instead: Misses knit tops with neckline and sleeve variations. Woven drawstring pants in two lengths.

I made view A, the bateau neck top with bracelet length sleeves.

Sizing: XS to XL (translates to 6-24). I made a Small.

Available as a PDF? Yes.

Fabric Used: Striped cotton/lycra beefy jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics (natch). Alas, it’s sold out, but you can see Similar Fabrics Here.

Machines and Tools Used: Juki home serger, Pfaff home machine, Naomi the Naomoto iron, pressing ham, shoulder press.

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needle, double needle of indeterminate size (it was floating free in my needle drawer. Two scraps of fusible interfacing to stabilize the shoulder seams, thread.

Tips Used during Construction: Tips and Tricks for Sewing with Knits, And Now, a Word From the Pressinatrix, Can 4 Way Stretch Eliminate the Need for an FBA, How To Flat Set a Sleeve

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes

How were the instructions? They are fine. I checked them but I didn’t use them. This is a very straightforward pattern and it goes together very easily.

Construction Notes: This pattern is super easy. I made it, from start to finish, in under an hour. I serged all the seams, and I used the double needle for the hems and necklines. Rather than set in the sleeve after sewing the side seams, I set it in flat. I made a FBA. Rather than cut the front on a fold, I mirrored the pattern with a piece of tracing paper, making it a full front piece. This allowed me to see exactly how I was laying it out on the stripes.

Likes/Dislikes: Easy, classic, well-drafted. What’s not to love? One thing that I really like about this pattern is that the back has a CB seam, allowing you to fit it better than a piece that is cut on the fold. Nicely done, New Look!

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? I definitely will do it again and I do recommend it. This is a great pattern, it’s readily available and it’s inexpensive. All great things for a wardrobe builder. I think the next one I make with this pattern will be the sleeveless version. I need a bunch of tops for summer and this pattern will help fill that need.

Conclusion: Love it! I’ll wear it today, but in the meantime here are pictures on Shelley


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Hapy sewing!

14 thoughts on “Pattern Review: New Look 6838”

  1. Becky says:

    Love the top. Excellent job as always. Might I ask what brand of tracing paper do you like and where do you buy yours? I’m in the market for some tracing paper.

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      I use standard tracing paper that I bought in bulk when Charette was going out of business :'(. You can get it at Dick Blick online as well. HTH!

  2. Hi, thanks for the shoutout about! I’m getting a lot of new visitors to my blog today, and I really appreciate it.
    Your top looks great, and reminded me that it’s time for me to make a few of those. Thank goodness it’s starting to feel like summer here in the northeast…we thought the snow would never melt!

  3. Kate McIvor says:

    Lovely. I may need to get the pattern and some great striped jersey!

  4. Lainie says:

    Perfect top! I love a boat neck but struggle with the awkward relationship to bra straps…any suggestions?

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      Lainie, you could widen the shoulder by about ¾ of an inch (toward the CF) and taper it into the rest of the neckline. Another option (and the more I think about it the better I like it) is to make small panel of fabric that goes across the neckline at the shoulder. In a stripe it could provide a cool graphic contrast. Does that make sense?

      1. Lainie says:

        yes, great ideas! thank you.

        1. Tina says:

          I am intrigued with this modification of using the piece of fabric across the shoulder. How & where would I attach that fabric insertion?

  5. Suzanne says:

    Love it. I made a similar top in the same fabric (blogged it briefly) a couple months ago. I live in that top!

    I loved that cotton! The weight and body are fantastic. It was super easy to work with, and was my first project with my new serger. Thanks for offering such a great knit.

  6. Andrea says:

    Yep, love that pattern for all the reasons you cited. Great wardrobe builder and love the stripes. I’m sure you’ll get tons of wear out of it.

  7. Mary Pomeroy says:

    I love this pattern and recently tried it. I am having trouble with the neckline – it is curling out instead of “hugging” in. Perhaps its my fabric – it is a thin stretchy cotton. Do you have any suggestions for this?

  8. Gloria Rohmann says:

    I made this 5 years ago with wonderful stretch knit from Gorgeous Fabric. Love this pattern and have made it many times. Needs to be lengthened for me.

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