New Look 6067: Tessuti Gridlock Sewing Competition

New Look 6067 gridlock dress

New Look 6067 gridlock dress

This is my entry into the Tessuti Gridlock Sewing Competition. First of all, can I compliment Tessuti for their outstanding delivery service? I placed the order for this fabric on a Sunday lunchtime (UK time), and it was with me – all the way from Australia – by Wednesday morning! Now that’s what I call speedy service.

Tessuti Gridlock fabric

Tessuti Gridlock fabric

The competition was to design an outfit made from their Gridlock fabric, which is a jacquard type fabric made of cotton, poly and polyurethane. It has a light stone coloured background, with a beautifully textured blue embroidered surface (although some entrants have also used the reverse side to great effect). You could sew anything you wanted “Sew something that you’d like to wear, something that suits the fabric and something that suits you“. Also, the brief seemed to be to “[make something] you can wear often and can be worn as daywear”. Of course, for me, that was always going to be a dress.

New Look 6067 Envelope illustrations

New Look 6067 Envelope illustrations

I was determined to use a pattern that was in my stash. There have been some great versions of New Look 6067, including the beautiful version that won the 2012 Little Black Dress competition over on PR.com. My review of the pattern is below.

I will confess that when I initially opened the (beautifully wrapped) pack, I was a little nonplussed by the fabric. I mean, I didn’t hate it by any means, but I didn’t oooh and aaaahh over it straight away either. However, now that the dress is finished I have fallen in love with the fabric and the pattern. It is quite an unusual fabric, very modern, and I can see it suiting lots of complexions/ colourings. Whilst it is quite a hard fabric to photograph, I think (in real life at least) it looks like a quality fabric. The thing I like best about it though is the fact it suits slightly more structured garments, but has that polyurethane in it so the finished garment is not too stiff and constrictive.

Enough about the fabric already! Let’s talk about New Look 6067. I love the bodice part of this dress the best. The clever pleating just moulds around the upper body to give a great shape. I also love the belt detail (very flattering). What I didn’t like was the instructions that came with the pattern…see below for major biaatching about that. Oh, let’s just get on with my review!

New Look 6067 gridlock dress

New Look 6067 gridlock dress

New Look 6067 gridlock dress

New Look 6067 gridlock dress

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

Misses’ pleated dress in two lengths with sleeve and belt variations. I made view C, with the neck and sleeves from view A.

Pattern Sizing:

6 – 16. I found a size smaller than my normal size fitted me fine in the bust and shoulders, with my usual enlargement over the hips. If I made this dress again I would probably have to make the hips larger still: there are still some diagonal pull lines at the hips.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

NO! In all fairness, all the instructions are there, but, as other reviewers have mentioned, they jump back and forth an awful lot. Also, they would have you insert the invisible zipper on top of the lining (so you will have to finish the raw edges first), and put the sleeves in last. I basically ignored the instructions and did my own thing.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the bodice part of this dress the best. The clever pleating just moulds around the upper body to give a great shape. I also love the belt detail (very flattering). What I didn’t like was the instructions that came with the pattern.

Fabric Used:

A jacquard type fabric from Tessuti fabrics made of cotton, poly and polyurethane, with an acetate lining.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Enlarged the pattern to suit my measurements a tiny bit at the waist and more over the hips. Lengthened the skirt by 3 inches. Inserted a full lining.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes, maybe. I think this is a very classy looking dress that would work in so many fabrics. Yes. I would recommend it.

Conclusion:

Love the combination of the fabric and the pattern. A classy, versatile dress.

New Look 6067 gridlock dress

New Look 6067 gridlock dress

Some of the finishing details/ tutorials that I used for this dress:

New Look 6067 gridlock dress full lining

New Look 6067 gridlock dress full lining – front

I used this great tip from Beth of Sunnygal Studio to get a clean finish to the facing: sew the fusible interfacing, right sides together, to the dress facing piece, then flip and press. So simple, but such a great tip!

New Look 6067 gridlock dress lining sewn to zipper tape

New Look 6067 gridlock dress lining sewn to zipper tape

I used the tutorial from the The Slapdash Sewist to machine stitch the lining to the invisible zipper tape, and the tutorial from A Fashionable Stitch to sew the lining to the vent.

New Look 6067 gridlock dress lining sewn to vent

New Look 6067 gridlock dress lining sewn to vent

And I always refer to this tutorial by Amanda to sew in  my invisble zips, and make sure the intersecting seams match.

New Look 6067 gridlock dress

New Look 6067 gridlock dress

Head over to Tessuti’s pinterest page to see all of the entries….there are some jackets in particular which are amazing!

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About sewmanju

I love to shop, but I also love to sew my own clothes, and am currently on a mission to improve my (fairly basic) dressmaking skills. I confess to going into shops and being outraged at the prices of some (not very well made) garments (is it an age thing?) and think "huh, I could make some thing at least as good as that for less" (is it something to do with coming from the Indian subcontinent?) So this blog details my sewing endeavours, both good and bad....I love to nosey through other people's sewing projects....now everyone can get to see mine.

30 responses to “New Look 6067: Tessuti Gridlock Sewing Competition”

  1. Sam says :

    That’s a gorgeous dress! The style is very flattering – those bodice pleats are lovely.

    I’ve seen posts about this contest on several other blogs, and although the fabric isn’t one I would necessarily choose myself, it does look very good in a variety of garments. It looks like it gives your dress plenty of structure but still lets it be comfortable.

    Good luck with your entry!

  2. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) says :

    Wow that looks fantastic, my favorite dress you have shown. Perfect fabric choice and the shape is great on you. Lovely.

  3. Mrs. Smith says :

    This looks AMAZING on you!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Angela says :

    That is a great dress on you! And thanks for all the tutorial links, too:)

  5. KayoticSewing says :

    Gorgeous dress, Manju. Good pairing of fabric and pattern.

  6. Margherita Lebsack says :

    This dress looks great on you. The pattern and fabric combo seems to work well. Looking forward to hearing about your success in the contest!

    • sewmanju says :

      Thanks margherita. I am very pleased with my dress but the competition is fierce! Not expecting to win but glad I took part…if nothing else it made me try that little bit harder!

  7. black label says :

    another knockout 🙂

  8. BeaJay says :

    I LOVE your dress. All your hard work has paid off. It looks very professional and well made.

  9. Jessica W. says :

    That looks so smart! Thanks as well for all the tutorial links!

  10. Velosewer says :

    How gorgeous. This is a great style on you and it fits you to a T.

  11. MrsAlex says :

    Lovely dress and an inspired use of such fascinating fabric!

  12. sewmanju says :

    Thanks mrs Alex.

  13. kaitui_kiwi says :

    Wow you look fabulous in that dress, very flattering!

    I wasn’t super interested in the fabric when they first announce this competition but now I have seen so many great entries I wish I’d played along!

    Good luck! Even if you don’t win anything you have a gorgeous dress to enjoy xx

  14. Amy Frisinger Mayen says :

    This dress is fabulous, I love your bracelet, your lining looks impeccable…good job!

  15. sewmanju says :

    Thanks very much Amy.

    • Benita Ogg says :

      Did you have to pay $30 postage for the fabric or have I misread the website instructions?

      • sewmanju says :

        Hi benita. Yes that’s correct.

      • Benita Ogg says :

        Thank you, I loved your dress so much I have bought the pattern but haven’t been able to find any material that I think would look as good as yours yet. Brilliant result for you, well deserved.

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