New Favorite Wrap Bodice Dress: New Look 6301

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I love wrap dresses, preferably true wrap dress but the faux wrap bodices work as well. I’ve sewn a few; Butterick 5950( in leopard and again in stripes), McCalls 6884, and M7119  (which was even reversible), but I think I feel safe in stating that New Look 6301 is my new fave wrap bodice dress!

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This title was previously held by Butterick 5950, which I still love, but has slipped to number 2. Simple things give NL6301 an edge, like the neckband. Sewing a narrow hem on a lightweight ITY can be frustrating and personally I feel that bands can look more professional. I also love that there are so many options including two skirt options (swing and pleated fitted) and 4 sleeve options (sleeveless, short, three quarter and gathered).

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I chose to sew View A because I had about 2 1/2 yards of this abstract leaf fabric left over from Cold Shoulder Dress I made a few months ago. I’m thrilled that I was able to get two great projects from a 4 yard precut piece I purchased from Fabric Mart.

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The instructions were very clear. I did cut out the wrap front bodice in reverse, but that was user (sewer?) error. If I had used a heavier lycra or ponte I would’ve added the elastic at the waist, due to the lightweight of this  ITY I didn’t feel it necessary and I omitted it. The only thing I don’t love about this fabric is side ties, they are too short. I would prefer to wrap them around my body to tie not just to the back or to the front. Next time I will lengthened them, easy fix.

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If you couldn’t tell I love this dress, I LOVE this dress!

Pattern:  New Look 6301

Pattern Description: Comfortable, stylish and figure flattering mock wrap knit dress has slim or flared skirt, several sleeve options and a tie worn front or back.

Sizing: 8-20 I sewed a 14

Difficulty: 2/easy

Fabric Used: Abstract Leaf ITY

Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very

Likes:  Wrap bodice, side ties, neck bands, tons of options

Dislikes: Short waist ties.

Pattern alterations or any design changes made: I omitted the elastic waist.

Would I sew it again? Yes, I want to make the pleated straight skirt version.

Would I recommend it to others? Definitely.

Conclusion: Great wrap bodice knit dress

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