New Look 6981

I'm completely in love with this skirt pattern (New Look 6981). Here's the line drawing (I'm not showing you the photo illustration because I find it cringe-inducingly hokey): 

I'll post some pictures soon of the two skirts I've made from this pattern so far — and I'm sure they won't be the last, either. This skirt is incredibly comfortable and goes together like a dream. Sewing at top speed I bet I could get one cut and sewn in a couple of hours, and that includes using an invisible zipper (instead of the regular one the pattern calls for) and adding on-seam pockets. 

It's a really cheap pattern, too — you can get it for under $5 — and very efficient in terms of fabric use. (I'm going to go through my large bin of "pieces of fabric too big to toss yet too small for an entire dress" and see what skirts I can eke out of leftover yardage.) 

So far the ones I've made have been in heavy denim, but I also just bought some velveteen that I am dying to sew up … and this would be really cute in lightweight cottons with the heavy contrast border. Do I sound obsessed yet? It's trending that way … 

23 thoughts on “New Look 6981

  1. Like so many cute patterns they don’t put them out in sizes over 18 (sometimes 16) and I really don’t feel like resizing so I either have to pass or use the line drawings and a review of the pattern pieces to make my own pattern.

    Yet another incentive to lose weight.


  2. That would look great over a petticoat, too! Those pleats allow for a lot of fullness without looking like a circle skirt. Let us know if you try it in a lightweight wool for winter!


  3. Love love love New Look patterns — mainly because they include all sizes in every pattern pack, and regularly grade up to size 22. Agree that line drawings are more useful than photos from this brand. They are distressingly addicted to flower prints.


  4. i really like this pattern. i’ve been looking for a new go to skirt pattern. I’m curious tho, with all the gathering and pleats, does it make you look like you have a little extra junk in the trunk? asks the girl with a full trunk as it is.


  5. Lynn, I pretty much never consider whether something makes me look like I have “a little extra”. If I did I’d wear nothing but black pencil skirts, and I’d die of boredom in 2.3 days. 🙂


  6. Thank you,Erin. I too was wondering about pleats emphasizing the hips that don’t need emphasis, but your attitude is the perfect response. It’s a very cute skirt!


  7. I’m in the process of making this skirt, actually. I love it! It’s green and blue plaid, and I’m going to have to resist the temptation to wear it everyday.


  8. Another pattern in a similiar style you might like is Burda 8090. I just finished it and it turned out very nice. Probably not quite as much skirt as the New Look, which might be a good thing. Also, it goes up to size 22.


  9. Was there much ease in this pattern, or was it true to size? The pinwale corduroy I bought isn’t WIDE enough (grrrrrr) unless I can make the skirt 2 sizes smaller (or distribute the four inch discrepancy amongst the pleats and seams so the skirt matches up with the waistband). Grrrr. 🙂


  10. Amy, I went down a size because the skirt is designed to sit slightly below the natural waist, and I like my waist to be where my waist is. 🙂


  11. Good call. I just made my “beta” version and it is CUTE. I took out a little fabric in each pleat by folding the pattern piece before I cut (so I could use the corduroy). I agree it could go down a size and still fit. Thanks for responding! I think I’ll make at least four of these for fall….to wear with patterned tights, of course. 🙂


  12. Somehow, I feel like a fuller skirt should hit just below the knee, at least. Everything is looking so short to me in the last year or so.


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