Guest Author - Tamara Bostwick
I recently put together a top using the New Look 6473 pattern for girls sized 6 months to 4 years. I made the short blouse that the girl is modeling in the pattern picture above. I originally selected this pattern because I love the look of pleats and I also liked the different options included in the pattern. You can make tops in two lengths, a dress, pants, and shorts. The top has a box pleated bodice and a square yoke. The pants are capri length with a side slit.
Above, you can see the front of my completed garment. I used purple fabric that matched the butterflies for the contrasting yoke and edge stitched with pink thread. You can see this better in the close-up view of the yoke below.
Below is the view of the back. The pattern instructions call for buttons and buttonholes but I used set-in snaps instead.
The pattern instructions are clear and easy to follow. The upper front is pleated and sewn. The shoulders and side seams are sewn together and then the yoke is applied. The yoke is sewn on like a reverse facing that is turned to the outside instead of the inside of the garment. The armholes are finished using bias strip facings. The curve on the armholes is sharp so it took a bit of pressing to make the facing lay flat. Next time I will try making a bias binding out of the same fabric as the yoke and bind the edges so that the fabric shows on the right side.
Below, you can see the detail of the yoke area and the contrast stitching. I also added a crocheted orange flower that I found in my stash. I just stitched this on securely by hand after the blouse was done.
I am familiar with making garment facings so the yoke was easy to put together. You just have to pay attention to which way the fabrics are put together because it is not the standard “right sides together” application. And, before I sewed the yoke down on the right-side front, I took an additional step to finish the inside. The photo below is a detail of the inside of the front pleated section.
If you look at the left side of the detail photo, you will see how the top of the pleats are enclosed in the seam of the yoke. But, only half of the outermost pleats are encased in the seam and the other half is left loose. I didn't like the way it looked so before I sewed the front down on the right side, I folded the top of the pleat over at an angle and sewed it down, leaving the inside clean and neat.
Overall, I enjoyed putting this garment together. The pattern instructions give suggestions for several embellishment options from simple (adding ribbon bows or rickrack) to more complex (making buttonholes and threading ribbon through them. If I make this top (or the dress) again, I might modify the pattern to partially sew up the back and leave just a neckline opening.
I very much enjoy sewing for babies because the patterns do not require much in the way of fabric and for the most part, go together quickly. The real trick is completing the outfits before they are outgrown.