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!

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14 thoughts on “Pattern Review: New Look 6838”

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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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