I have a new rule for separates. When I add a new make to my wardrobe, it must coordinate with two or more of my other me-mades.
Ha! Take that, all you orphans in my closet! I have too many tops and bottoms in my closet that have no friends. When you live in an older home with very few closets, this is a crisis. And friends, I’m counting on you all to keep me honest 🙂 Either that, or I’m going to have to move, LOL!! Anyway, the inspiration for this make is that I need more tops to go with my poppy culottes and my ruffled denim skirt.
Enter NewLook 6212.
I am always surprised at how much I enjoy sewing with New Look patterns. For some reason, I only reach for the New Look book after perusing the other pattern companies offerings first. I think it’s because their illustrations are pretty simple, maybe a bit boring? But more and more, I’m finding interesting designs when I look carefully.
This shirt is no exception. New Look 6212 includes some interesting details that give you lots of opportunity to embellish. I love the collar variations, the length variations and the pockets, the option to cut out the back. It even has a fun version with tucks across the front. Although I was really interested in the tuck detail, I realized the pattern of my linen would hide those lovely tucks. So I chose view C, a simple straight hem version with a standup collar, cap sleeves and two pockets.
The instructions were great, and I love how the inside of the sleeves are finished with binding. It looks so neat and tidy!
I find New Look patterns to be generously sized but on this one, I didn’t have any issues and I cut my usual size. I put the two pockets on, although they’re almost lost in the print of the linen. Linen (purchased at Joann’s) is the perfect fabric for this shirt because it has a bit of body. I can also imagine it from Rayon or silk, or cotton shirting. It’s a great shirt for summer, that I’ll wear a lot with shorts, my ruffled skirt and jeans.What do you think of my new rule? Yes, it’s a bit hilarious given my interest in sewing without a plan. Time will tell if I can stick with it!!
Happy sewing and thanks for stopping by!
11 thoughts on “A New Top and A New Rule”
Love the new rule. I am finding I mutter through JA “I am only buying my colors, I don’t care that fabric is cute and a great price” it has greatly reduced the cuts I bring home, and I am finding the pain is short lived. Hasn’t been my habit long enough to tell if it makes getting dressed easier but my fingers are crossed. I do plan to allow a little wiggle room…sometimes I think I will need to buy a new fabric to try a technique (wink wink)! Good luck with filling out the parts of your wardrobe that you decide need something, without losing the joy of the hunt or making.
I love the idea of buying new fabric to try a new technique, perfect! Yes, that’s the key isn’t it! I love your thought that rules are only good if they support the joy we get from creating!
Your new rule is excellent. May have to use it myself! Love your shirt too. Nice work!
Thanks! I’m Trying to get the phrase ‘ rules are made to be broken’ out of my head….
Thank you for the informative post. I love all of the coordinates, and especially the culottes style is stylish. I also love the wrapped skirt, it’s so lovely. They look great on you.
Thank-you! It’s nice when some of my coordinates actually work together! I’ve worn the wrap skirt a lot the last few days because it’s been humid and hot, and that skirt is so cool and comfortable. There may be another one in my future.
Thanks is a great rule, I may implement it myself!!! An inspiring post as always thanks!!
I love looking at sewing blogs for ideas and inspiration. This top is fabulous – the style and the fabric… Here’s another pattern I have to add to my list, New Look 6212! Your’s is lovely!
Thank-you! Yes, this pattern is such a keeper. I can’t wait to see what you do with it:)