THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

June 3, 2007

New Look 6429 – The Perfect Summer Dress

Filed under: Fabric,Pattern Reviews — phyllisc @ 7:55 pm

Diva Ann inspired me to do this dress.  Notice Ann’s version (scroll down a tad on her blog) has black-white-turquoise-orange zizag points going up on the center front panel, whereas mine are going down – does this mean anything? I have no clue.  But that’s what I love about sewing; two sewists can use the same fabric, and the same pattern, and do two completely different things with it. 

I know I’m really late to the party with this pattern – there are 25+ reviews on Pattern Review – but now that I’ve made it I really have to say that you should run right out and buy it; it’s a classic.  The drafting is excellent and the style is universally flattering; my only quible (which I repeated on PR – Big 4, R U listening?) is that I wish pattern companies would mark the waist on every pattern piece – it’s SO annoying – changing the waist length is the most basic of all pattern alterations (especially for a petite like me) and I hated having to plot the waist on a style like this that has four bodice pattern pieces.

The fabric is a polyester knit from Gorgeous Fabrics, it’s light as a feather and skims the body perfectly.  This is the black-white-brown-green-yellow colorway and I love it because it reminds me of mint chocolate chip ice cream (my favorite!)   I’ll be taking this dress with me when we go on our vacation later this sumer – it doesn’t wrinkle, and the rolls up into a shape so small it fits in my hand.

New Look 6429

The lines of this style provide a fun opportunity to play with the intersecting pattern pieces on a directional printed fabric such as this, but because of the way the pattern is designed, I knew I’d never get the pieces perfectly matched matched all the way around the dress.

New Look 6429 

So I had to make a decision to use the fabric design to either showcase the back or the front. I chose the back, and as for the front – all I did there was decide how I wanted the zigzag of the fabric to fall down the center panel from the waist down.  I didn’t worry about the upper front bodice. As you can also see, the gathered side drape will cause the upper bodice to be off-grain, so the design emphasis was all in the back and the lower part of the front panel.

New Look 6429

Tomorrow is supposed to be rainy and cold, but hopefully I can wear this to work sometime this week!



  1. very nice dress…I really like the way it falls on the body and the zig zag pattern is most impressive!

    Comment by Selina — June 3, 2007 @ 9:41 pm

  2. I love your version! It looks just amazing on you.

    PS – LOVE the shoes!

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — June 3, 2007 @ 9:56 pm

  3. Phyllis, this is indeed the perfect dress! The way you matched the zigzag pattern on the back is fantastic and a great inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing your work with us!

    Comment by Tany — June 4, 2007 @ 3:18 am

  4. Really gorgeous on you! Kudos!

    Comment by thesecretpocket — June 4, 2007 @ 10:31 am

  5. Oh this is perfect! So very nice, well done.

    Comment by Gemma — June 4, 2007 @ 11:33 am

  6. Wow! I love how you used the print to your advantage!

    I agree with you on your quibble – I also shorten the bodice length on just about everthing. It certainly would help!

    Comment by Summerset — June 4, 2007 @ 3:33 pm

  7. Just stumbled upon your blog. Your dress looks wonderful. The back is fabulous.

    Comment by stephanie — June 4, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

  8. […] New Look 6429 – The Perfect Summer Dress Diva Ann inspired me to do this dress.  Notice Ann’s version (scroll down a tad on her blog) […] […]

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  9. I have had this pattern for sometime now. I have read all 25+ reviews of it at PR. But have still found it sitting and waiting for me. When you wrote “petite” it got more of my intention. I think I need to give it a try.

    Comment by Linda L — June 4, 2007 @ 9:46 pm

  10. Wow, that is truly amazing. I love the points of focus you’ve chosen. The colors are wonderful. Have fun wearing it 🙂

    Comment by Melissa — June 6, 2007 @ 9:10 pm

  11. Wow! Great dress! New Look patterns are the best. Hey, even WalMart has a fair selection for $3.44 and I find they are drafted better than the other Big 4 companies.

    Your dress rocks!

    Comment by Diane — June 7, 2007 @ 9:02 am

  12. Fantastic dress Phyllis and I love the way you used the stripes at the back.

    Comment by Els — June 9, 2007 @ 6:36 pm

  13. Wow your dress realy impresed me!

    Comment by Maja — June 12, 2007 @ 7:43 am

  14. Very nice! It has pizazz! 🙂

    Comment by HowToMe — July 16, 2007 @ 12:55 pm

  15. Just wanted to say I really love yr site………….just got back into sewing since high school and you have inspired me to make this dress……….just gotta be on the lookout for some gorgeous fabric. But a great new project for me. Thanks again

    Comment by Sharon (Handmaiden) — June 28, 2008 @ 1:38 am

  16. Where in the heck was I when you made this dress? I think that was the week I had surgery last year and couldn’t get to my computer! It is absolutely gorgeous! I love the way you matched the pattern in back. I made this patten a couple of years ago – I should pull it out again.

    Comment by Gigi — June 28, 2008 @ 1:04 pm

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