New Look 6808 – FINALLY!

10 Nov

Yaaaaaaaaay I’ve finally finished a new look 6808 top after buying the pattern nearly a year ago.

Why so long you might ask? Well it took me this long to fit it properly.

I made four attempts. FOUR! Yeesh.

I worked out I’m a 8 around the neck, a 10 at the arm holes and bust, a 12 at the waist and a 14 at the hips.

Now I have the perfect fit though. I even added a centre back seam to help the fit.

I used a purply-black poly micro-fibre fabric that I’d used as lining for my fake cambie.

And some pink poly scraps I had for the collar and the sleeve lining.

I’ve never encountered a pattern with lined sleeves before.

Little odd but love the effect I was able to create here.

I drafted the collar myself. I used the neck facings to work out the general size of the collar I needed and a french curve on the front collar pieces. I wish I’d curved them slightly closer together.

There’s a small gap at the front that I don’t mind too much but wish I’d spotted earlier.

I put the collar together using instructions in my Reader’s Digest Sewing Guide.

It’s really well illustrated and has little tips for each different type of collar you want to create / attach.

I didn’t want my collar to have a centre back seam so I had to make sure the collar fit perfectly given my odd extra bit of construction.

The hem isn’t wonky at the back, that’s just where the top slipped on the hanger.

In other news I also got a gift in the post! The pattern I won from Dotty Doodle.

And look how cutely she wrapped it up for me.

NL6808 Review:


It’s a super wearable straightforward to sew top that can be made dressy or casual as required.

There are good variations to create the perfect top you need with long sleeves, collar variations.

And it’s like a blank canvas for embellishment!

Nuff said right?


For me it was determining the sizing. I am a freaky body type though. Crazily small shoulders and neckline, small bust, bigger waist, even bigger hips. And it took me a while to grade the pattern correctly. What made it more difficult for me is that all the sizes aren’t on a single pattern pieces. They cover only a few, e.g. 8, 10, 12 with another for 14, 16, 18. Great for anyone who wants to grade between those sizes. Not so great for me.

Oh well.

Would I make it again? And what would I do differently?

YES!! Hell yes I’m making this again. Now I’ve mastered the fit I’m going to be all over this pattern. I’m going to make one with buttons down the back. Another with the long sleeves. Another in view c with the side collar/bow. Another with a pleated panel on the front. Another…. oh I’ll shut up because you get the jist!

19 Responses to “New Look 6808 – FINALLY!”

  1. didyoumakethat November 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    I love the glimpse of pink in the sleeves. This is why we sew – because our bodies don’t fit a ‘norm’, and because we’re clever enough to realise there is no norm. Hurrah for you!

  2. ooobop! November 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    That is such a cute top and well done for sticking with the resizing. Seems such a chore at the time but hey you now have a perfectly fitted pattern to create those lovely designs 🙂

  3. Kerry November 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Really nice and well done for persevering to crack the fit – it was worth it.

  4. HouseOFpinheiro (@HouseOFpinheiro) November 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    Oh I love this Amy, and the fit journey gave you a lot of learning.. It can really became a TNT for u…

  5. Kat November 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    Ooh so pretty Amy! I love the contrast collar…it was worth playing with the fit as it looks fab 🙂

  6. prttynpnk November 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    Such a fun little pattern- I love your contrast collar- too cute!

  7. Marie November 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    This is super cute Amy and you certainly nailed the fit, well done! All that hard work paid off and now you can make it as many times as you like! I love this pattern and recently bought it too, can’t wait to use it and I hope my result’s half as good as yours ;o)

  8. Vicki Kate November 10, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Definitely still gorgeous. Worth persevering for!

  9. sewbusylizzy November 10, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

    Wow sounds like it was a lot if hard work but it fits beautifully. You are so clever to draft the collar.

  10. catherinedaze November 11, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Very cute! And now you’ve got a TNT pattern it’ll have been worth all the fitting aggro.

  11. cjgal November 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    Super cute, the color really compliments you!

  12. Helen Made November 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    Great top. It was definitely worth the four muslins – the fit looks great!

  13. Almond Rock November 11, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    Thanks lovely ladies. I’ve already started on version 2. Yippeeee!

  14. Helen November 11, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

    Very pretty. I often have similar issues with Simplicity/New Look patterns, I find I have to go down a couple of sizes on the shoulders and neckline. But it looks like all your work paid off 🙂

  15. Amanda November 12, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    This is too cute for words- I may be forced to steal it! Nicely done on working out the fitting issues- it looks rad!

  16. Alice November 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Aw this is so cute! It fits you perfectly – your effort has really paid off! X

  17. Lynne November 19, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    What a lovely top! I admire your stickability re the fitting problems, but I can relate because I have a lot of them too! I recently fitted the Sewaholic Alma blouse, and there were a few muslins! But I got there in the end, and, like you, fully intend to make about a billion variations of it. 🙂

  18. bernieandi September 16, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Love it! Well done. I love the pink collar with the black its a great combo.
    I remember trying this pattern some time ago and I think it went into my pile of UFOS because I did not find the fit to be any good either, but clearly I should not have given up that easily.
    Now you have done all the hard work with the fit so the next few will be a breeze. Can’t wait to see them!


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