Review: New Look 6208 | Retro-Style Open-Back Taffeta Dress!

6:30 PM

It's been a while since I've sewn anything for Amber.  And since I've been in the mindset of sewing for the girls, we made this happen.
She needed a dress to wear to a wedding this evening.  And of course, me being me, I totally procrastinated.  I ended up cutting, sewing and fitting this dress on yesterday.  I pressed it and put it on a hanger at 3 a.m.  Sleep is for mere mortals!
I used New Look 6208, with modifications.  Instead of using the pattern's open-back version, I created my own and used a satin ribbon as a closure.  Amber is also quite petite, she's 5‘2" and she's pear shaped.  So I cut a size 8 and graded out to a 14.  I made a petite adjustment at the waist by removing an inch.  And I also gave the skirt a subtle high-low hem by removing 4-6 inches from the hem.  And I fully lined the dress.  And I moved the zipper to the back and used a 9" zipper instead of the suggested 22". 
I used a synthetic taffeta from Hancock.  It cut and sewed decently, but just touching it caused it to wrinkle like crazy.  If I were to make a dress like this again, I'd want to use a silk faille.
But the turquoise color is fabulous though and looks great on her!

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31 comments

  1. She looks fabulous, Cenetta, and you are a super mom!

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  2. It is a beautiful dress.

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  3. Super cute Erica! I know Amber loved it too as she's into posing for the camera! I loved sewing for my daughters when they showed interest and appreciation.

    Karen

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  4. Say, didn't I just see your picture in a magazine wearing your brocade/denim outfit??? You are becoming famous!

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  5. It's a really cute dress and she looks fabulous in it! Hope she has/had a good time!

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    1. She had a great time Carolyn. Thank!

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  6. Pretty dress! You sure have some lovely daughters!

    Sometimes I turn out my best work under time constraints. it can get stressful though.

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  7. She looks gorgeous! Am petite (only in height mind) so love seeing petite models showing off their hand sewn dresses, inspires me yeeee haaaa.

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  8. This is the most amazing dress! Totally love this.

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  9. She looks stunning, love those shoes. Must have inherited her Mum's great sense of style.

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  10. Gorgeous!! She looks like a fashion doll, in a good way ;-) ! You have an amazing eye for shape and color (and beautiful daughters; I guess that helps).

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  11. I love the shape of this dress, and looks gorgeous on your beautiful daughter!

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  12. Love your choices to make the dress her own. She looks like a princess.

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  13. Awwww....how cute are your girls? I LOVE the yellow shoes.....if I could only get my daughter to wear something other than Vans (sigh).

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    1. Oh, she loves her Vans and Toms too! ThanksCeleste!

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  14. She is darling and what a lively and pretty color!

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  15. Beautiful dress and wonderful color!

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  16. Beautiful dress, looks so pretty on your daughter! I bow to you...designer level dress in one day, hopefully one day with practice I can obtain half of your skills.

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