New Look 6891

My honey’s first home game is this coming Friday and I am determined to wear comfortable footwear! Believe it or not (haha), I am not a sensible shoes type of girl and spent last football season on the sidelines in high heels. This year, I am planning ahead and making some cute outfits to wear with comfortable shoes, namely my Frye Campus 14Ls.

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As much as I love chunky boots, they are a bit problematic, stylewise. I was thumbing through an old Anthropologie catalog the other night and immediately fell in love with this outfit (and how awesome is her hair!?!?!?). Yes, I detest skinny jeans (really, what woman wants to look like a lightbulb?) but they are perfect tucked into boots! Hopefully, I’ll be able to find a pair by Friday. Since it’s still quite warm here, I’ll be skipping the jacket for now. But I’d wear boots year-round if I could – Lord knows I’ve tried!

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For the tunic, I decided on New Look 6891 in a beautiful rayon challis from the now-defunct Textile Studios fabric store. This fabric has been in my collection at least three years.

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What I liked about this pattern was that it didn’t seem too full. Normally, I would never buy a pattern that starts at a 10 since I hate having to grade down the shoulder and upper chest but I liked this enough to deal with that. As usual, I started by tissue fitting and was pleasantly surprised that the shoulders fit very well and there was enough ease (39″ in the size 10) through the bust that I was able to skip the FBA. I did make my usual forward shoulder, sway back and sleeve length alterations but that’s it.

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For such a simple top that’s very easy to put together, it is surprisingly flattering. The neckline binding/ties took more time than anything else. There are only a few gathers over the bustline – if you needed to make an FBA it would be so simple to move the additional fullness there.

This is definitely a keeper that I’ll be making again. And, for those of you who’ve inquired, yes, I am working on those HP pants! I have a few irons in the fire, so to speak, and trying to get the most pressing ones out first.

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26 responses to “New Look 6891

  1. Gigi – you are the Queen of tops! Another stunner!

  2. It’s gorgeous! I love the print and purples are hot for fall. You’ll sure be stylin’ on the sidelines!

  3. katharinec

    Oooooohhh, we love this! And the belt just *makes* it! Swirling purple paisley in breathable rayon. Oh it’s sumputuous! Will you make one to wear with your Zuni belt?
    I love boots and a knit dress, or a lab coat. No lightbulb look (that is an accurate description)

  4. Boots year round….well that makes two of us! And when you get your copy of the 8/2009 Burda WOF look for Burda version of the top worn by that Anthropologie model. An Anthropologie store just opend up like 5 minutse from our house; I hope the store has the same good markdowns as their web site.

  5. cgcf1979

    I love the shirt, belt and boots! :)

  6. You are a real beauty and I love the boots and the whole look!
    Micki

  7. Lindsay T

    Definitely a foxy look….

  8. Hi Gigi, I am new to your site and am also an avid pattern keeper and collector…I found you while doing an image search for 1970′s patterns. Lo and behold I saw your McCalls 4090 (June 09) and Butterick John Kloss 5118.

    I have the McCalls pattern and used to have the Butterick one, but lost it. I was wondering if you could let me know where you were able to purchase them, as I would like to replace them both. My McCalls one is very tatty. I have quite a few patterns from the 70′s, right thru the 80′s,90′s and current ones….in fact they take up at least four large plastic storage containers. I must try your systemn for sorting them so I can find each one more easily.
    Thanks
    Lesley

  9. Elizabeth

    Looooove the boots. I wear them year round too as much as possible.
    Great look.

  10. That’s a gorgeous top, and it look very fall-ish!

  11. beautiful top. gorgeous fabric.

  12. vicki

    you make the best tops. The outfit will look really cute. Good luck in finding the right jeans.

  13. Very sexy, Gigi.

    I was drooling over your studio setup and wanted to ask you if you could tell me the size of the cutout hole for a set-in sewing machine. I am trying to figure out if I can buy an industrial table and it is has enough room for my Janome 6500 machine. Help? Thanks!

    • Gigi

      Fulvia, industrial tabletops come pre-cut for specific machine models and have hooks for the hinges. To inset a home machine you’d have to buy a blank top and cut the hole yourself. Since modern home machines do not have hinges, you’d have to make a shelf for the machine to sit in.

  14. Summerset

    Love it! Of course, I’m a sucker for a good paisley. I love the belt you’ve styled with it, too.

  15. Very cute and so fall.

  16. This pattern is really beautiful and I think it looks great with your skin! good going!
    Lacey
    http://www.sewingcouture.com/

  17. Cindy May

    look at the j.crew toothpick jeans. they seem like they would be tiny, but they look great on very hippy me!

  18. Page

    This looks great – excellent fabric choice. Where did you get the belt? Love the whole outfit!

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  20. melissa

    This is adorable. I may have to buy this pattern LOL Great Job