Pattern Review: New Look 6507 + the fail dress turned top

I whined and complained on Facebook about how this turned out and after it's all said and done, I didn't adjust this pattern properly.  I wanted it done and I didn't really pay attention to the issues I was having, lesson learned.  This is a basic pattern and I should have taken a little more time to figure out how and where I needed to make changes.  I needed to shape this better as it was really boxy in the back or made it more of shift swing dress and went on with it.  This was not a complete fail but a lesson in reading the muslin and making a pattern work for me.  On to the review:

Pattern Description:  
Easy-to-make Misses' off-the-shoulder ruffle top and dress in two lengths can be worn off one or two shoulders and straps can be added for more support. All garments have a flounce at neckline that can be double-layered and trimmed.

SEWING LEVEL: Advanced beginner.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  
Were the instructions easy to follow?  
Yes, I found no errors, the instructions and dress are pretty straight forward.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  
I didn't like that although the pattern goes up to an extra large, the flounce as drafted was very short.  I also feels the back piece is very boxy and the front has slight shaping, I'ts like a boxy shift dress that would be better suited for a drapey knit.

Fabric Used:
Polyester sueded knit with about 30% stretch and a good weight.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  
I added two inches to the flounce.  I added five inches in length, I didn't realize I should have broken that up, but one of the sewist on Instagram messaged me giving me some good recommendations.  Initially, I made the top view d so I needed it longer at the hem.  When that didn't work out, I added the skirt piece back on it and that didn't work so I chopped 10 inches off the hem to get a wearable top.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I won't.  I like the high low flounce and I may reuse it.  Check the finished measurements on the pattern against your body measurements and see if the bust, waist and hip have the ease you want.  I've made an off the shoulder top with great results here, I could have used this as a "block" to get the fit where I wanted, lesson learned.  Any pattern can be made to fit any shape/figure if you put in the work.

Too long!

Tips/techniques: If you need more than two inches, I would add them throughout the pattern requiring length.  Start at lengthen line (if the pattern has one) if not start below the hip if your pattern piece hits you at the hip, if not, it will drop the hip and it wont fit properly.  If you have to make a big adjustment (more than three inches to length)  make a muslin.  Here's a link of how to lengthen and keep the grain line straight.

I want to hear from you, what do you think?  Have you sewn this pattern, did you like it, do you have plans to sew it? 


  1. Despite the things you didn't really care for, you have a very nice top and it looks good on you!

  2. Lovely. Would you mind me sharing this on Sassy Sewing Bees in the future? I link to your post and let you know when.

  3. I'm making this dress now. Can you tell me how the flounce works at the shoulders for the elastic casing? I can't figure out what I need to do from the instructions.


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