I'd say it took me about 5 hours to make the New Look 6429 wrap dress. This time includes cutting out the pattern, pinning it to the material, cutting the material, pinning material together before sewing, trying to understand directions, sewing, and ironing seems when necessary. It does not include wandering around fabric stores to pick out the best fabric
I don't know how to make things go quicker. I usually work straight through a project because I'm so excited to see what it turns out to look like.