Wardrobe Builder

New Look 6838 – Back to Basics – Wardrobe Builder

Hello all,

One thing that I know for sure about my clothing habits is that I lean toward solid colours.  I’m not sure why that is.  Perhaps a deep rooted desire for neatness and organization in life.  A girl can dream…

I am in need of some basics; pieces that can be mixed and matched easily with other items in my closet.  That said, my first entry in my RTW fast fit the bill quite nicely.  I chose New Look 6838 and I made view A.


Fabric used:  Ponte Knit from my local Fabricland

Did it look like the picture on the envelope:  Yes

Were the instructions accurate/easy to follow:  I had a quick glance at them.  There is really nothing to the making of this top.

Were there any changes that you made:  The only change that I made was at the neckline.  The instructions have you do a simple fold over and top stitch.  Instead, I sewed a stretch lace binding tape to the right side and then folded it inward for top stitching.  It may be hard to see in the below picture.




New Look 002


Would I make it again:  I think so.  I can see having a couple of these in basic colours to co-ordinate with pants and skirts or to layer under jackets.

Conclusion:  This was an easy sew for a Sunday afternoon.  Although I sewed and serged the seams, I suspect you could quickly use a 4 thread overlock and whip this together in no time.  Something that I will change the next time around is the back seam.  In a ponte or any knit with stretch, I don’t see the need and will likely cut the back piece on a fold for future versions; eliminating the seam altogether.

And here is the end result.

New Look 6838


  • Marlene La Ban

    Andrea: I have been a faster and didn’t know there was a group of women who had already done this – and for years already! Brava to you all. I’m not quite there with the underclothing but approaching it mentally. I just wanted to tell you that I recently lost 60 pounds (started out at 230) and this New Look T-shirt was my gift to myself. I’ve made it 4 times, in 2 different lengths and 2 different sleeve lengths. It shows my clavicles (I can hardly believe I now HAVE clavicles) and I love that. Yours looks wonderful and you look happy. That said, YOU GO, GIRL. ML

  • Andrea

    What a sweet comment! Thank you so very much. And congratulations to you. That kind of dedication to a goal is admirable. I agree with your thoughts on the neckline. It is a flattering cut.

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