New Look Pattern 6500

03 Jul New Look Pattern 6500

I’m so happy to be celebrating the Fourth again, that I’ve made a new dress for the occasion!

Another big bold print to express my big bold happiness to be with friends and family again 😊

After seeing the Jude Connally dress in the Charleston store made from this fabric, I soon discovered the fabric on the Emma One Sock website.

Once it arrived I realized the fabric design on the dress was smaller than my fabric, but within 5 minutes of posting the dressform photo on Instagram, my daughter sent me this photo.

How could I have forgotten her dress, especially since I took the picture? 😉 Mimi’s dress is a Trina Turk. I love her cute dress, but I only had two yards of fabric.


When I  was attaching the lining in the Lilly Inspired Dress, I knew a more efficient way of sewing the sleeveless armholes and lining together existed. While some sewists have impeccable handwork skills and use that preferred method, I wanted to know a foolproof machine technique. I needed a choice!

Asking for advice from Goodbye Valentino readers brought about many replies and great recommendations – Thank you so much! Mary Anne Chambers replied with a technique that I immediately visualized and it worked  b e a u t i f u l l y !

Maybe you use this technique, but if not here it is:

  1. Sew the shoulder seams of fashion fabric and lining, right sides together. Press open.
  2. With right sides together attach the lining to the fashion fabric at the neckline. Clip, trim, turn and press.

3. Turn garment back right sides together. Pin the lining and fashion fabric and stitch the armholes, leaving the sides open. Trim seam allowance.

4. Turn the fabric by pulling each side through the shoulder. Press again if needed.

5. Turn back to right sides together. Pin and sew the lining and the fashion fabric in a continuous seam.

6. Turn  and finish sewing the back seam and insert the zipper. Violá !

I noticed the two RTW dresses did not feature a scalloped hem, but I envisioned a scalloped hem from the beginning.

I easily created the scalloped hem by trimming along the border (which I carefully placed before cutting the pattern piece) with appliqué scissors.

Then I finished the edge with Fray Block which I prefer to Frey Check for garment sewing because it leaves a softer finish.

My pattern is New Look 6500 and I lined the dress with a very lightweight cotton batiste from Five Eighth Seams.

I hemmed the lining along the red line in the photo below to showcase the cutwork in the medallion and other parts of the border.

The Jude Connally Instagram post recommends wearing this dress to a wedding and Mimi wore her dress to a rehearsal party. The lightweight nature of the fabric makes it a great summer dress to wear just about anywhere whether I dress it up with gold accessories and patent sandals,

or wear it with my favorite pair of Charleston Shoe Company shoes – the most comfortable shoes on earth!

If you’re a Charleston Shoe Company fan follow the link to Zuilly to see its full CSC collection or click on the selected images below. Zuilly offers the best prices on these shoes I’ve ever seen.

UPDATE  – Charleston Shoe Company shoes are selling out on Zuilly, but QVC also offers a great selection at  a lower price point. Click HERE

To all who celebrate the Fourth of July, I hope you can celebrate the way you choose this year!  Best wishes for a safe, happy and festive holiday!


great summer bags……



  • Susan Fogel
    Posted at 07:31h, 03 July Reply

    Sarah, This is a perfect and versatile summer dress. The scalloped hem is a lovely touch. I have to check out the CSC, comfortable and pretty shoes are always welcome.
    Pretty pretty dress.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:20h, 03 July Reply

      Thank you, so much, Susan – I really love it❤️ I forgot to add that the shoes can go in the washing machine!

  • Marilee Henneberger
    Posted at 07:31h, 03 July Reply

    Happy Fourth ! Thank you for doing an in depth piece on sewing the lining in by machine, and thank Mary Anne Chambers as well.. I do a far amount of hand sewing, but often the machine does it more efficiently. Love the dress.

    I agree about Fray Check and Fray Block. I find each has their uses, but Fray Block is definitely softer on garment edges and seams. I use Fray Check more in crafting projects or sealing ends of trim, rope, bands and strapping and such.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:22h, 03 July Reply

      Marilee ~ I agree, there is a place for both! Mary Anne saved the day for me and the technique has given me a new confidence in making lined sleeveless clothes 😊

  • Susan
    Posted at 08:11h, 03 July Reply

    So glad you are back. t has been a very strange time for all. really like the dress and what you did with the hem!The technique of attaching the lining is one I have used with childrens’ clothing, but it had been so long I had forgotten. So will try is again. Finding the exact fabric is such a power surge for me.. Hope you dod not et mush of thi oncoming storm. we had planned twice to visit family in Alaska and woudn’t ypu know it(after being cancelled twice),along come a hurricane!.But the good news is that it is in the mid 60ies in their part of Alaska, so I will look for more inspiration from you when I get back!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:23h, 03 July Reply

      Many thanks, Susan! I hope you have a great trip to Alaska 😊

    Posted at 08:20h, 03 July Reply

    Such helpful directions. I always look forward to read about your latest creation. Beautiful job. You perform a great service to us sewing enthusiasts. Thank you.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:24h, 03 July Reply

      Thank you, Christine! I tried my best to put photos to Mary Anne’s instructions 😊

  • Mary Anne Chambers
    Posted at 08:36h, 03 July Reply

    Sarah, I am so pleased I was able to be of help. You have explained the technique so well. Isn’t it super and what a lovely finish!
    Your dress is beautiful, and I especially like your scalloped hem, it gives the dress a much more finished appearance and showcases the beautiful embroidery.
    Happy 4th July to all who celebrate this holiday.

    • Loretta Somerville
      Posted at 09:18h, 03 July Reply

      Hi girls! This sounds like the lining application I have been looking for all my life! Can this same application be used if my sheath pattern has no back seam or zipper? This information is useful today as I am about to make a lined sheath without back seams out of a rather costly Japanese cotton! Sarah, yours is to die for! As always, superb work and your inspiration is endless!

      • Mary Anne Chambers
        Posted at 09:21h, 03 July Reply

        Sorry, but no I am afraid it needs the back seam to be left open to enable pulling through the shoulder.

        • Loretta Somerville
          Posted at 10:41h, 03 July Reply

          Oh well, perhaps new look 6500 will be my pattern for this Japanese cotton! It’s always good to learn something new!Thank you for your very prompt response, Sara and Mary Anne. 😘

      • goodbyevalentino
        Posted at 09:27h, 03 July Reply

        Thank you, Loretta! I think this is a question for Mary Anne, but something tells me the answer is no………..

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:26h, 03 July Reply

      Mary Anne ~ What a wonderful technique to pass on! Many thanks again for your help. Sewing is much more enjoyable when you sew with confidence! There was no question about making a scalloped hem for me 😉

      • Mary Anne Chambers
        Posted at 15:40h, 03 July Reply

        You are welcome Sarah, I was just delighted to find myself in a position to be able to help.
        My favourite aspect of the sewing community is the sharing of knowledge.
        You are absolutely right, sewing with confidence brings so much pleasure!

  • Jo Barley
    Posted at 09:15h, 03 July Reply

    Great job Sarah! I love the hem. Your description of the technique was perfect and easy to understand. That is how I do it also except I like understitching to help keep the lining inside. What is the fabric content of the fabric? Is it cotton? Looks like it would be cool with the batiste lining and what a fun design to work with!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:29h, 03 July Reply

      Many thanks, Jo! I under stitched the neckline, but the lining was so lightweight I felt I could pass on the armholes.
      Everything is 100% cotton – great summer fabric 😊

  • Nancy Linn
    Posted at 10:03h, 03 July Reply

    Hello Sarah!
    I am so glad you are back! You are such an inspiration to all of us and I look forward to seeing your new creations and your impeccable work.
    I would love to make this dress in the same fabric, but being a little taller than you (5’3″), I worry that it might be too short after making the scalloped hem. Do you have any suggestions?


    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:36h, 04 July Reply

      Thank you, Nancy !

      Predetermine the length of your dress before cutting and you won’t have an issue. I shortened the pattern at the markings to achieve my desired length. 😉

    Posted at 13:32h, 03 July Reply

    What beautiful and easy techniques you used on this beautiful garment. I’m thinking this would work using a fabric like this for a lined summer tunic with 3/4 unlined sleeves.–using the same hem techniques on the sleeves as well. Gorgeous — and you wear it so well!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:36h, 04 July Reply

      Thank you so much, Robin!

  • Bernadette
    Posted at 15:46h, 03 July Reply

    Wonderful dress. Thank you for sharing the lining method. I am a fan of Emma One Sock. So glad you are sharing their website.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:37h, 04 July Reply

      Many thanks, Beradette. Everything EmmaOneSock carries is of great quality, and you can never go wrong shopping with Linda 😊

  • suzanne landau
    Posted at 01:19h, 04 July Reply

    I love this dress. It’s perfect for anywhere really.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:38h, 04 July Reply

      Many thanks, Suzanne !

  • Val Downes
    Posted at 06:51h, 04 July Reply

    That is a lovely dress, happy 4th of July!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:38h, 04 July Reply

      Thank you, Val and Happy Fourth to you 😊

  • Joan
    Posted at 12:24h, 04 July Reply

    Lovely dress and wonderful for a range of summer events! And thank you for a very useful lining to the edge tutorial.

    I used New Look 6500 in my fitting class last month w/ Helen Bartley of the Portland (OR) metro area, who teaches Palmer-Pletsch fitting, as I wanted a basic A-line for all-purpose summer sewing (also fitted another pattern for a fitted sheath, just to gain experience with the P-P fitting method). Great little pattern for building a summer dress wardrobe!

    I just want to say to other women with “chronic, unresolved fit issues” that returning to the P-P method has been life-changing for me. It did require an in-person fit class, but it has for the first time given me hope that I can fit myself. After 25 years of fit classes by many experts!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:57h, 04 July Reply

      Excellent, Joan! Is the Palmer-Pletsch method taught across the US or only in Portland?
      Many thanks for the comment 😊

  • Maggie Edger
    Posted at 17:43h, 04 July Reply

    The dress and you in it are fantastic! A. Maggue

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:41h, 04 July Reply

      Thank you, Maggie! Hope y’all had a good Fourth!

  • Lisa Milam
    Posted at 09:46h, 05 July Reply

    Thank you for this post! I have been looking for a better way to sew the shoulders and neckline of a sleeveless sheath. I will be trying this on the next dress I make.

  • Kathie Bennett
    Posted at 10:06h, 05 July Reply

    Your dress is adorable! Thank you for reminding me about Charleston Shoe Company shoes – off to order a pair now.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:42h, 05 July Reply

      Thank you, Kathie! I’ve updated a shoe link as Zuilly is selling out quickly. Good luck!

  • Jane Schmitt
    Posted at 10:53h, 06 July Reply

    Very nice.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:00h, 06 July Reply

      Many thanks 😊

  • Genya
    Posted at 19:20h, 20 July Reply

    Absolutely beautiful on you! I love the fabric! I have this pattern and a inspired to make a dress soon. The original neckline is quite high. How did you lower the neckline so nicely?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:18h, 21 July Reply

      Thank you, Genya! After making the muslin I knew the neckline was too high for me especially using such a big print. I just drew a lower neckline on the muslin and then applied it to the pattern. It was an easy fix 😉

      • Genya
        Posted at 08:34h, 21 July Reply

        Thank you!!! ☺️

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