There is nothing like triple digit temperatures to make you grab some fabric and a pattern and run to your sewing machine! If you are looking for a quick, simple sundress to make for your summer wardrobe, look no further than New Look 6340. Let me back up and say that I haven’t posted in a while because I have been packing (sewing) for an upcoming trip. Before that, I was cleaning up my sewing room (a HUGE task and you don’t want to see that). I even donated some fabric! However, due to the scorching heat outside, I have torn myself away from those tasks to make up this quick dress (and necklace).
I don’t care for the hot summers in Tucson, Arizona but I love the winters. So here I am in June and in need of the coolest possible dress to wear…EVER. Meet New Look 6340. This pattern is perfect made out of a light weight cotton. I made a size 14. I purchased my fabric from Joann’s a while ago, so it qualifies as a stash buster. This pattern offers 4 dress styles with notched, slightly scooped and V neck options. Pockets and sleeves are optional. Two hemline variations offered and side seam ties can be added to tie in back and offer some additional shaping. I chose to leave off the ties.
Center front seems are not my favorite because they break up a print. To get around this, I try to find an all over print that ‘reads’ as a solid and then the center seam doesn’t bother me as much.
This pocket shape is not offered in the pattern, however a pleated version is offered. I decide to add a little bit of interest to the top of the pocket by shaping it with an inverted point at the center and facing it with a 1″ strip. I copied the shape on the strip and sewed the two pieces together, right sides together. Next step wass to stitch and trim, clip the curves, turn and press. Because cotton ravels during washing, I serge-finished the pocket edges. Press under the remaining three sides and top stitch. I used the pattern marking for the pocket and used fusible tape to secure the pockets before stitching.
The hem is a simple 5/8″ seam turned under and top stitched.
Now you know I have to make a necklace to wear with my outfits, right? I was fortunate to find some pink and orange ceramic beads and a metal leaf focal pendant at Joann’s. I added some amber colored faceted crystal beads and some size 6 glass pink seed beads. It’s a pretty simple design and easy execution with a gold toggle clasp.
So there you have it. I came out of hiding to photograph two simple makes and now I’m on my way to be better prepared for the heat! Now I have to get back to finishing another TNT shirt for my husband for Father’s Day. What have you been working on for the summer?