New Look 6340 Easy Dress and that moon…

The April full moon has had me seriously awake! It has been spectacular, under clear skies every night. And then – the eclipse. Lucky folks on the Pacific coast got a full eclipse, complete with a blood moon. I’m jealous…

I went out around 6 a.m. to capture our partial eclipse here in South Florida. The sun was rising at my back, and the moon was very low in the west, so I was fortunate to get these shots (well, they are 2 of about a million that were not as nice). Left my tripod at the house, because I thought I could just walk out in the street and take pictures…but I ended up walking some distance to get away from foliage and street lights. Just me and the night critters.

My full moon project was a tunic version of New Look 6340 ‘Easy Dress’. Love it!

I started with View D and used the patch pockets from View A. 

No tie needed…
This is a seriously cute and easy pattern. On the inside:

Sewing notes:
  • I used size 14, my usual Big 4 size..
  • The finished back length, measured from the center back neck, is 31 5/8″.
  • My fabric is a soft, smooth cotton calico from JoAnns. It’s called Red Packed Roses – I used it for a Gabby tent dress previously. Wish I had more! But it and the Green Packed Roses are all gone.
  • I love love that this dress has a bust dart, which I moved down 1 3/4″.
  • All the seam allowances are serged on the edge and pressed open. Sleeve and skirt hems are finished at 1″.
  • The facings come with the pattern and fit very nicely. They make the v-neck so easy to finish.

Check out the pocket! an unexpected and nice detail. It’s a little hard to see, but it has two pleats in the center. I ‘save’ pocket patterns in a zip-lock bag, so I can go through them if I want something different for a project. This one is a keeper.
I just realized that the hazy spot on all my pics must be on my camera lens. I was really fumbling around to do the manual adjustments during my night shoot. Phooey.
Off to clean my camera! Bye for now – Coco

24 thoughts on “New Look 6340 Easy Dress and that moon…

  1. Thanks, Mary. You're right, New Look can be surprising. I forget to look for them as well, since they're tucked into the Simplicity website and so on.

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  2. Thank you so very much – a lovely compliment. I was in the UK quite a bit when I was working, my team was based in Brighton. I always enjoyed the beautiful small gardens that seemed to maximize every bit of sunshine available. Quite pretty and they've influenced my gardening over the years.

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  3. thanks so much, Bunny. It took me many many years to wear red. I was brought up in a very conservative Southern home. Beige, tan, navy, brown, pastels, no black…now I can't get enough color!

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  4. Thanks, Andrea. I almost missed it…but it was easier than the other thing I do, which is lie on the driveway to watch the annual meteor showers!

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  5. Coco, I like this top very much and want to thank you for reminding me of New Look patterns…they are seriously cute and I seem to forget about them.

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  6. What lovely colourful clothes you sew. I love this top. Amazing backdrops too, and sunshine. Something which is in short supply here in the UK.

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  7. Pretty tunic, and now another pattern that I “need”. I got Simplicity 1852 after seeing your shorts and plan to make that soon.

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  8. I like those pockets too. And I always enjoy your pictures; you do a good job of showing your sewing & the background of plants & flowers are so pretty.

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