Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Waratahs and Stefan - New Look 6808

These New Look 6808 styles are very Mad Men / retro and has been made by lots of great sewists I follow. Both versions below have been worn a lot.

Waratah print
I tested view A with the collar on View E using a waratah quilting cotton. I bought this fabric at Millthorpe village, near Bathurst and Orange last year. How Aussie is that:)
I can see why this pattern is popular.
Technical details:
Sway back adjustment to the back and adjusted the hem length.

Used an invisible zipper in the centre back seam.
Roll shoulder adjustment (forward) to the shoulder seams and sleeve cap

Shortened the top by 5cm.

The fit on this version is firm and works well for an everyday work top. I've overlooked the positives of using quilt fabrics in the past.

Stefan Liberty print:
I bought my first Liberty print last year - Stefan shocking pink - from Addicted to fabric. 
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Since then a few more Liberty print fabrics have sprouted in my stash!
This version has slightly longer sleeves, piping and a couple of small pleats in the collar and a tiny button. I'm still debating the length of this top.

Gosh this fabric feels good. Sewing real Liberty fabric is easy. It's soft and smooth. Very tame. Easy to ease at the shoulder cap. 

The detailing looks crisp. I've been Liberty influenced by keen Liberty print sewers, Kirsty and Kristy.

I'm currently working on getting a button down shirt pattern to work for my next Liberty print makes. They need to be used and worn when Spring arrives.

26 comments:

Measure Twice Cut Once said...

Both of these are so pretty! The waratahs are so bold but intricate and the Liberty is beautiful. I'm still waiting to cut into my Liberty, it's just waiting for the right pattern I think?

beajay said...

Lovely. Great NSW top with the Waratah. I think the length on the liberty is perfect (IMHO). Love them both.

Sharon said...

Great looking tops and two gorgeous pieces of fabric. The length on both of them look good so I'd leave as is.

JustSew Jenna said...

Two lovely tops, and two lovely fabrics! I have used this pattern a few times and I love it, I've only made view E so far though but I would like to try one with longer sleeves for the autumn.

Lori said...

Two very pretty tops, lovely fabrics. I will have to add this to my pattern collection, you look wonderful.

Lyric said...

This pattern is on my radar effective today. Never noticed it before then when I stopped by the main Mad Men 3 challenge I went gaa gaa. Thanks for sharing your version and commentary.

Cheers,

Lyric
http://www.sewcroandquilt.wordpress.com

Joanne Roberts said...

Love them both and your smile too! Jo x

Velosewer said...

Thanks Jo. I'm working on my smile:)

Velosewer said...

You'll love this pattern if you love Mad Men.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Lori.

Velosewer said...

The longer sleeve is something to consider and you can play with the finishings as well.

Velosewer said...

You're right. I'm sticking to tunic length tops these days.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Beajay. It's a great print.

Velosewer said...

I'm considering this pattern for our Pineapple print with a matching skirt or pants. Probably pants. Or shorts ie Esther from Tessuti,

Lyric said...

We got rid of television years ago so have never seen the show, LOL. But, I love vintage and oh yes, vintage IS the business.

Catherine Alekna said...

A waratah patternered fabric? how great! I do love the cut of this top, and the collar is very sweet - lovely work!

prttynpnk said...

Lord, I just love this pattern! Your sleeves have me wanting another!

Fabric Epiphanies said...

The fabrics are gorgeous! I can see why you chose them! The style really suits you.

Velosewer said...

It's a very easy top to fit well too.

Velosewer said...

I hear you :)

Velosewer said...

Thank you. I can see this would work well for you too:)

Emma said...

Both versions are fantastic! This pattern is near the top of my to sew in some tesutti japanese cotton. What length zip did you put in the back and can you get it on and off easily?

Velosewer said...

I've used a 40cm invisible zip so these are really easy to put on and get out of. I love the idea of making this in a Japanese cotton.

Fabric Epiphanies said...

Don't tempt me! There are way too many items on my wish list already!

Velosewer said...

Oops. Did I enable you:)

Joy said...

Oooh, I especially like the asymmetric collar.

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