Completed project: New Look 6000 – The Holloway

It defied a lapped zipper, it balked at a lining, it tried to do a vanishing act before my very eyes! But I defeated it! Ladies and gents… introducing… The Holloway, brought to you in association with New Look 6000 frock fest.

Inspired by Scruffy’s fabulous Pan Am photoshoot I’ve tried and failed to recreate a sixties office in North London, so instead here is Joanie (aka Joann-ie) at home, dusting and whatnot, as ladies in the sixties were wont to do. Thankfully we now live in more enlightened times and take husbands to do much of that for us.

Out with the old and in with the new as Joannie takes down the Christmas tree…

Holloway at the Christmas tree

Who wants a Dark and Stormy? (some odd creasing going on there around the bust – think I just need to pull the dress down a bit there. Plus I see my eager ironing of the bias bound hem has resulted in a visible border around the hem! Ack!)

Who wants a dark and stormy?

I subscribe to the Dean Martin school of drinking: “I’d hate to be a teetotaler. Imagine getting up in the morning and knowing that’s as good as you’re going to feel all day.”

Drink for one

Tidying up the armoire…

Dusting the armoire New Look 6000

And now for the infamous Joanie shot. Will it hold? Will it???!!!!

The Holloway shot

Jeez Louise… just about… hooray!

This year I will be trying to add more thoughts about the patterns I attempt, not just to give more info to anyone who might be thinking of trying it out but also for my own (entirely selfish reasons) use when I revisit.

Pattern review: New Look 6000 (View C with gathered waist)

Difficulty rating for StitchandWitter: 2.5/5

Fabric used: 2m of golden brown tweedy woven wool(?) that frayed VERY easily once cut (yikes) and some spare teal corduroy-covered buttons from making the Betty Blue Beignet, plus a 22 inch all purpose zipper and interfacing. Fabric was a couple of quid a metre from Walthamstow market.

Total cost of dress (not including pattern): Approx £6 (pattern was £12.72 including shipping from US)

Fitting issues: Well I was a little optimistic with my sizing, after all those Christmas feasts. I looked at the finished garment measurements and cut out an 8, which was a smidgeon too small in the waist and butt in my muslin (thank god I did a muslin). I had already cut out the pattern (instead of tracing it as I normally do on to swiss tracing paper – the impatient me was dying to get on with it) so I just sellotaped on a bit more paper around that problem area on the back piece and added about a centimetre to the outer edge. I also scooped out some width across the back with a crazy dart in the pattern piece, removing about 4 centimetres in total which on reflection might have been too much (not to mention probably the wrong way to remove width in that area) but hey ho.

Making issues: The pleated waist and the cutting of the front on the bias was a new thing for me and a little daunting, but it all made sense when you gathered up one side. My lapped zipper totally and utterly failed and just looks like a normal zipper. Must go back to lapped zipper school…

Skills learned: Adding a vent, adding a cuff with a kick, pleating, cutting on the bias. NOT a lapped zipper. Adding bias binding to finish the hem.

Anything to add? I really really wanted to add a lining to this dress but when it came to the crunch I was just a little too scared by the prospect, having not lined a dress before. I’ll revisit once I have more skills under my belt. I also wanted to finish the inside seams better than they currently are, but at the rate the fabric was fraying it was all I could do to add a zigzag stitch before they disappeared! As a result I’m not sure how long this dress will last or whether it will hold up to serious wear or whether I will be able to stand the scratchiness of the inside (so that’s what hair shirts feel like – I see!). But for now, it’s all mine…

Will I make again? Hell yeah – love this style. It’s so flattering and grown up. Better get me some kind of serious job just so I can wear it to work now…


53 thoughts on “Completed project: New Look 6000 – The Holloway

  1. It looks fabulous! I have to get my hands on this pattern its been on my list for a very long time! You did a brilliant job and the tweed is lovely. I’m pushing myself to get better photos this year and yours are great. x

  2. Whoa, that’s gorgeous Joan(ne)! What is it about that pattern? It’s just SSSOOO flattering – I haven’t seen a version that doesn’t look completely lovely. How about wearing a slip to stop it being so scratchy? Or is it too tight to even slip on a slip? Bad luck with the lapped zipper – that’s on my list to try this year too. Love the 60’s housewife photos too! x
    ps. I like your tube map on the wall, is it an old one? My husband’s a bit obsessed with old tube maps! x

  3. This dress is perfection Joanne, the style seriously suits you! I know you had issues with the fabric, but the colour is really great too. I’m with Jane, if you haven’t lined it, maybe you could try a half slip with it. I’m in the process of making a slip using Tasia’s easy peasy tutorial here I too have been scared in the past to line certain garments, so I’m hoping a slip will allow me to still wear them comfortably!

    • Ooh I like this tute Marie. I have a slip but it’s a bit too long for most of my dresses – i always see it hanging behind the vent and that kills me! Good call 🙂 Looking forward to seeing your slip finished!

    • Thanks Debi! Happy birthday for yesterday too – I tried to leave a message but Google Chrome won’t let me select a profile so I can then submit it. Ack! Happy birthday anyhoo!

  4. I must tell you, don’t let lining a dress scare you! It intimidated me at first, too, but once I tried it, I couldn’t imagine what I was so worried about. I would suggest trying it with a sleeveless dress, first. Really, all you’re doing is sewing a second dress and attaching it to the first. It really is easy-peasy.

  5. Love this dress! Especially the collar. It fits you wonderfully and the pictures are great! How difficult was working with this fabric (except for the raveling)? I’m considering ordering something similar.

  6. Hey, I love your dress – I hope the fabric holds out for you to keep wearing it. I have *just* seen that you are Coletterie’s featured seamstress for your peony dress – congrats!

  7. Oh Godddddd I love this! It’s a great shape in such a classic color/fabric. You look fantastic! Argh now I want to make up this pattern… must not buy anymore patterns… why do you tempt me?!

  8. Beautiful!! I would never usually go for dark earthy colours, but it really works. Suits you perfectly! Following your recent post on Walthamstow Market, I am heading over there on Saturday and I can’t wait! Can you believe I’ve lived in London all my life and have never been?? I’m almost ashamed. But VERY excited. Still have yet to find the perfect fabric for my Minoru…

  9. Oooh just gorgeous! Looks like a great fit and super stylish. I made the version with the side pleats too, and love it as a simple but unusual feature.

  10. WOWZA!!! What a dress! You look absolutely fantastic, such a killer dress. I really HAVE to get this pattern, as Jane says – I haven’t seen one that I haven’t loved. Had a good giggle at your photo shoot too 😀

  11. I am so sorry for the incomplete comment above. I’m doing this by iPhone and it’s over eager! So, I was expressing my awe at such a wonderful rendition of new look 6000. It’s awesome Joanne! And your photos are also particularly entertaining and brave ( joanie pose !) it’s a very trim dress, über flattering, and looks like you’ve done a fab job. Hurrah!!

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  13. Ha, it looks wonderful! Love the pictures, too!
    I had this pattern in the mail today – finally! I really had to have it after seeing Scruffybadger’s PanAm version! Now, what fabric to use…?

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  16. Have just found this pattern on line and decided to make it for a friends wedding, but I am doing the version with the waist flower on. I have a super M&S Per Una wool purple coat that I want to wear to the wedding and I think this style dress will go superbly with the coat, only thing is I can’t find/decide what material to make it in!!! Does the dress make up big or do I need to go up a size so I can “fit” it to my shape??? I have never fitted a pattern, I am usually a cut and go sort of gal when it comes to my dressmaking attempts.

    • Hi Noeleen! Ooh now it’s been a long time since I made it up but I would make sure to check the ‘finished garment’ measurements rather than the standard pattern measurements – this will give you more of an idea of fit once it’s finished. Tilly has a great tute on this I wouldn’t just go up a size and then fit down as you might waste fabric and give yourself more work than you have to. Ideally pick a size and then make up a simple bodice muslin (without sleeves or skirt) to check the waist and shoulder fitting as they are what you want to gtet really right. In terms of fabric, if it’s a winter wedding then a wool would be fabulous but you can see lots of different types of fabric used for the same dress here at Scruffy’s frock fest, from knit to wool and silk! Good luck!

  17. I read on another blog that someon used this pattern, version e (I guess without sleeves) to make a lining for version c). HTH for your next dress!

  18. Could someone help me with this pattern please?!!

    I’ve reached the stage where I am trying to attach the collar (first time I’ve done a collar) and if I am reading the pattern right then my collar is pinned on to the outside of the dress. However I don’t see how this results in the collar shown in the picture on the pattern?? Surely the collar should be pinned on the inside of the dress (wrong side) and then folded over to hide the seam?

    I assume the neck facing forms a layer between the outer neck and the collar or should the facing be on the inside of the neckline (I.e touching skin)??

    I hope this makes sense otherwise I’m completely stumped with this project! If you could give some step by step instructions for attaching the collar I would be extremely grateful! Thanks so much

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