Sunday, February 10, 2013

New Look 6940

Ever go though your fabric stash and "find" things you forgot you even had? Yep- happened to me a couple weeks ago. I was digging around in the shelf where I keep my fabric, and out rolled two remnant pieces I forgot I even had. Both knits, both about 1 yard. When ever I am in JoAnn's or Hancocks, I always check out the remnant bin. You never know what kind of goodies you can find in there. While one yard of fabric isn't much, it is usually enough for a knit top (short sleeved or sleevless) or for a skirt. I also find pieces of by-the-yard batting in there, which are big enough for a quilted table runner. And with Hancock's new remnant price structuring, most pieces are $2.00. Bargain!

This piece was a knit from Joann's. I love the berry color, and I only paid $4.58 for it. I didn't have a project in mind, so into the stash it went.

I have a tentative weekend trip to San Antonio in April, so decided to make a coupe knit tops for the trip. For this one, I used New Look 6940. This is a pattern I have used before, so knew there would be no fitting issues. I made view B, but without the slit up the front. (not sure who that slit would look good on, but it defiantely wouldn't look good on this 40+ year old body that's had three kids!)


I love how this top turned out. I would like to try view C next. 

Here is my review:

Pattern Sizing:Size A (4-16). I made a size 10.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes they were.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the variations of this pattern. And that it is an easy top to make, but is a notch dressier than a plain t-shirt.

Fabric Used: I picked this fabric out the remnant bin at JoAnn, so I am not sure of the content. I think it is a polyester interlock, with two-way stretch.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I sewed clear elastic all the way around the neckline and then turned it under and top stitched. This holds the front close to the body, so no gaping. I have made this top one other time, and use a self-fabric binding, stretching it as I went. That worked well too.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This is the second time I have made this pattern, and both tops look very different. If you are looking for a "dressier t-shirt", this is a great pattern.

Conclusion: Cute, easy top. I could see making a few of these to fill out my summer wardrobe.



  1. Just found your blog today as I was searching for a McCall's pattern. It is lovely, I like how you make and review different patterns. I was wondering if you ever made the McCall's M6563 that you mentioned in a post back in March? I just won this pattern in a giveaway and was looking for reviews, tips, etc. Thanks and I'm going to sign up to follow your blog so I can see what other patterns you will be making.

    1. Thank you! I haven't had a chance to try that pattern. I stilll really like it, and my try it this summer. I think it is for a woven, so I am not sure what kind of fabric I would use. My first thought would be a rayon challis because it is drapey, but I think it wrinkles quite a bit, and i hate ironing!:)

      If you give this pattern a try, do let me know how it went, and what fabric you chose. I would love to hear how it turns out. Feel free to email me. And if I make it up, I will post it here on my blog.

  2. That is one of my favorite tops. It's such a great pattern. And look at you introducing that bright color to your wardrobe!

    1. Thanks Lynne- Now I just have to resist the urge to wear it with black pants and a black cardigan. :)

  3. Very nice work on this top, I don't know how I missed this pattern! BTW thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving the nice comments! No, I don't own a cover stitch machine. I just used my serger and a double needle on my regular sewing machine to finish the hems of my sweater.

    1. Thanks, Myra. That's how I finish my knit hems too, and sometime they turn out well, but othertimes, not so much. But I don't use a double needle, I use a singel and make two passes. Maybe the double needle would help. THanks for the tip!