New year, new frock

This is an uberfrankenfrock. Using – wait for it – not one, not two, but THREE separate patterns, PLUS some shameless pinching of a spiffy detail. Headless Esme’s doing the modelling today….

From the top, we have: sleeves from New Look 6728, bodice from New Look 6968 and skirt is the tried and true, best ever not-too-heavy, not-too-light skirt from New Look 6557. Made up in a 1970s blue seersucker with cutesy flowers that I bought from a junk market last week. Plain jane, right?


First, I lined the wee sleeves in red…

and then I shamelessly pinched a back detail I’d seen elsewhere

…which I think makes this a mullet dress. You know, business at the front, party in the back. Something that would make it even more so (and it’s something I’m considering for a second iteration of this New Look chimera) is a straight skirt at front with a bit of flouncey flarey nonsense at back. Hmmm…

Oh. And my palm sustained two stab wounds in the manufacture of this dress. One from a pin, one from my unpicker. I strongly urge to you resist trying the second instrument if you’re considering a sewing mishap.. that bloody hurt.

4 thoughts on “New year, new frock

  1. What an inspired combination and faaabulous mullet surprise! (that sounds like rather unpleasant boarding school dinner dish).

    That 6557 skirt is the best… I musta frankened that to ten frocks by now.

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: why don’t New Look get the love they deserve?

  2. Hi there! I saw your post on Sew Retro and just had to drop by and leave a comment. I’m so impressed at how well this has been put together from 3 different patterns! I especially love the back detail, I’m a huge fan!

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