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Meet Gertrude and Newlook 6123

Here’s Gertrude proudly modelling my (wearable-ish) toile of Newlook 6123. 

It’s my birthday on Monday and my lovely hubby has bought me a dress form, and let me have it early! He was a little worried that Fred (pictured below) would be taking residency in the conservatory, AKA my sewing room.


I made a toile of Newlook 6123 (view B) earlier this week but kept pricking myself whilst pinning the sides to get the fit right. Now I’ve managed to get the fit right, thanks to Gertrude (named by my hubby, but I think it’s going to be Gertie for short). 

I’m really pleased with the dress, it made in a light weight cotton so I don’t think it will be making its debut in public until next summer. In the meantime I’m on the lookout for some bright red wedges and a wide red belt to finish off the ensemble! 

After cutting it out I graded the hip in 2 sizes to match my measurements, I’m straight up and down:

Here’s some more work in progress….and a close up of the fabric.  My cut out pieces are hung on my clothes horse, I find it keeps thing more organised that way. 

Here’s the fabric I’m hoping to make this dress out of next for my first submission to The Monthly Stitches Frocktober. It’s a stretch cotton sateen:

I bought it from Truro fabrics whilst on holiday in Cornwall. Fab shop and also able to order online. 

I’ll keep you posted as to how I get on the it. 

One final photo:

On a completely random note, here’s a bag I knitted at the start of summer. It’s been admired lots which resulted in me having to make 2 more. It even goes in the washing machine! Knitted whilst at work between emergencies. Think I have the best job in the world!

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  1. Ooh, you’re the second blog I’ve read on this pattern. I have it too – did you get it free with Sew Magazine?
    I’ve yet to try it, but think it looks fab

    • Yes then the magazine inspired me to get back into sewing. I bought some material to make it back in June (not the cotton sateen above!) but chickened out and made an easy dress instead (first frock in years post).
      It wasn’t too difficult, I took my time for a change tho I went wrong – the front pieces of the top are inside out!

  2. Your stretch cotton sateen is going to make a great dress! And you will LOVE your dress form.. I have one- her name is Dorothy. She gets a lot of use! ~Laurie (Ps- Love the knitted bag!)

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