|Knit bodywarmer (New Look 6251 view B) in navy quilted knit - the floral bias bound underarms aren't visible in wear. The light was TERRIBLE today so my photos are also kind of terrible, sorry about that.|
|Close-up of the fabric at the back|
I'd definitely buy more of it though. I'm not wildly enamoured of the polyester backing -- I don't mind on this top because it's always going to be a top layer but no way would I want it against my skin -- but I think it would make a nice lined garment if you put a lightweight cotton knit on the inside. It also worked really well with a little bit of structure from the princess seams on this pattern. The only real problem I had with it was that it didn't cut well. I rotary cut it and I had to do so many passes to cut through the fabric and backing, and the backing still didn't cut cleanly. I ended up overlocking all my raw edges so I didn't have little fuzzy bits hanging off the edge.
|New Look 6251|
At the last minute I had to do surgery on the shoulder width. When I tried it on I was taken aback at how far over my shoulder point the outer edge of the fabric was. We're not talking "oh, maybe I should have used a size down for shoulder size!": I trimmed 4cm (just over 1.5") (!!) off the width at the shoulder seam, tapering to nothing at the top of the princess seam. This is definitely something I should have looked at in the pattern. Trimming the finished garment rather than adjusting before I cut out didn't really do the shape of the bodice and the overall fit above the bust and through the shoulder any favours but, eh, I'm happy enough with it for being what it is.
The instructions are the usual thing where you wonder if anyone at New Look has ever actually sewn with a knit. I largely followed the instructions for construction order, but I did almost all my sewing on the overlocker, hemmed it with the coverstitch, and really only put the zip in and did the armhole binding with my regular machine.
|On me. The shoulders are actually the same, I'm not quite sure why it looks like one side is wider than the other! Isn't it always the way with modelled photos? I'm always having to disclaim some weird looking fit detail.|
And that is that! This was a nice little sew in between woven shirts, which are so much more time-consuming and fiddly. My next project is the plaid shirt I've been putting off and putting off because I have a horrible feeling the plaid is off grain so I am dreading cutting out! D: