Waratahs and Stefan – New Look 6808

These New Look 6808 styles are very Mad Men / retro and has been made by lots of great sewists I follow. Both versions below have been worn a lot.

Waratah print
I tested view A with the collar on View E using a waratah quilting cotton. I bought this fabric at Millthorpe village, near Bathurst and Orange last year. How Aussie is that:)
I can see why this pattern is popular.
Technical details:
Sway back adjustment to the back and adjusted the hem length.

Used an invisible zipper in the centre back seam.
Roll shoulder adjustment (forward) to the shoulder seams and sleeve cap

Shortened the top by 5cm.

The fit on this version is firm and works well for an everyday work top. I’ve overlooked the positives of using quilt fabrics in the past.
Stefan Liberty print:
I bought my first Liberty print last year – Stefan shocking pink – from Addicted to fabric. 
Since then a few more Liberty print fabrics have sprouted in my stash!
This version has slightly longer sleeves, piping and a couple of small pleats in the collar and a tiny button. I’m still debating the length of this top.

Gosh this fabric feels good. Sewing real Liberty fabric is easy. It’s soft and smooth. Very tame. Easy to ease at the shoulder cap. 

The detailing looks crisp. I’ve been Liberty influenced by keen Liberty print sewers, Kirsty and Kristy.

I’m currently working on getting a button down shirt pattern to work for my next Liberty print makes. They need to be used and worn when Spring arrives.


  1. Two lovely tops, and two lovely fabrics! I have used this pattern a few times and I love it, I've only made view E so far though but I would like to try one with longer sleeves for the autumn.


  2. I'm considering this pattern for our Pineapple print with a matching skirt or pants. Probably pants. Or shorts ie Esther from Tessuti,


  3. We got rid of television years ago so have never seen the show, LOL. But, I love vintage and oh yes, vintage IS the business.


  4. Both versions are fantastic! This pattern is near the top of my to sew in some tesutti japanese cotton. What length zip did you put in the back and can you get it on and off easily?


  5. I've used a 40cm invisible zip so these are really easy to put on and get out of. I love the idea of making this in a Japanese cotton.


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