New Look 6511 View D- A Pink Summer Top

My favorite shirt this summer has been this yellow, green, and black shirt that I made earlier this summer.


I made this shirt using the pattern New Look 6511, View B. Since I love this shirt so much and since it was a really easy make I wanted to make another shirt using this pattern. This time, however, I opted to make View D, which has a long bottom portion than the shirt that I previously made.  

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Once again, New Look 6511 was really easy to sew. This is definitely, a pattern that a beginner to sewing could easily make. There are only three pattern pieces used for this shirt so it’s really easy to put together.  

The only problem I had with making this shirt was figuring out the right tension setting to use on my machine for the fabric that I used for the shirt. I’m not exactly sure what type of fabric it was that I was using. It didn’t feel like it was 100% cotton.  

New Look 6511 View D

My husband’s grandmother who passed away a few years ago, was an avid sewer and quilter while she was living. And like so many people who sew she had a really big stash of fabric. A few months ago, while we were visiting my husband’s grandfather, he gifted me a suitcase full of fabric from her stash. The suitcase was filled with different types of fabrics, some of which I’m not sure of the exact makeup of the fibers.  

When you are gifted a suitcase full of fabric….😆😆😆 #grateful #fabric #ilovesewing #sewing

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So anyway, I used some of that fabric for this shirt.  The fabric that I chose for this shirt felt like it might be some kind of thin cotton/linen blend. But like I said before I’m not exactly sure what it is. I’m still learning about all the different textures of fabric available and thus far in my sewing adventure, I haven’t really tried sewing with that many different fabrics. 

New Look 6511 View D

Now back to the one problem I encountered while sewing this shirt. While I was sewing the bias tape to the arm holes of the shirt. I noticed that the fabric was puckering and the thread was breaking when I tried to smooth out the puckers. I didn’t know what I was doing wrong, so I googled about my problem and found out the tension setting needed to be adjusted. Since I wasn’t sure what type of fabric I was using I just played around with the tension settings, until the threading looked better and the problem was fixed. I didn’t have this problem while sewing the first shirt. I believe it was the difference in the type of fabric that made me have to adjust the tension setting for this shirt. 

New Look 6511 View D

Overall, I like this shirt a lot. However, my yellow, green, and black shirt that I made using New Look 6511 View B is still my favorite.  I probably, will not make View D again, but I will definitely try to make View B again next summer. 

What’s been your favorite item to wear this summer?


  • Reply Mary August 29, 2017 at 12:12 am

    I love that yellow shirt you made, it cute and flirty. Wow!!! I love the long bottom portion, and it looks great in white. Every time you make something new it really makes me want to buy a sewing machine. Wow!! I want a suitcase full of colorful fabric, that’s a great gift.

    • Reply Sonya September 5, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      You are so artistic you would do great at sewing with a machine. 🙂

  • Reply Tamara August 30, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    I LOVE it. So flattering. Love the color and cut.
    My favorite summer item has been a dress I’m actually wearing right now! It’s long and breezy and colorful.
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    • Reply Sonya September 5, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks Tamara!!! Sounds like a pretty and comfortable dress 🙂

  • Reply Dre August 31, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Hey Sonya! I’m loving both your tops! I think your favorite might be my favorite too. It’s so pretty and vibrant–perfect for the season! This new shirt you have made is very pretty, too. And I’m glad you were able to fix the tension issue. Isn’t Google the best?

    And I think it’s really cool that you were gifted fabric from your husband’s grandmother. Have you already made plans for other pieces of fabric yet?

    Thanks for sharing your work with us, Sonya! You are so talented and really doing such a great job with sewing. Reading your posts always inspire me to make something beautiful with my hands, too. Keep up the good work, love!

    • Reply Sonya September 5, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks Dre!!! Google has been SO helpful in this process of learning to sew. 🙂

      I know I’m going to make a dress for my daughter with some of it. I’m also sharing some of the fabric with my son since he also sews.

  • Reply nerline germain September 2, 2017 at 3:06 am

    You look lovely in that top. I love the color. I see your mini-you looking all happy. Great job with the top.
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    • Reply Sonya September 5, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Thanks Nerline!! She was happy we were going to the park after we took pictures.

  • Reply Stacie September 2, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Look at you looking so cute! Your background though! I’m loving all that greenery behind you all.
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    • Reply Sonya September 5, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks Stacie!!! We were at the Old Mill it’s a really great place to take pictures.

  • Reply Akaleistar September 5, 2017 at 1:30 am

    The new top you made is so pretty!
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  • Reply Lou September 7, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    I love both of your tops. Hard to choose which one is my favorite out of the two. And girl, your background is everything! I love the greenery all around. So tranquil!


    • Reply Sonya October 6, 2017 at 10:10 am

      We were taking pictures at a place called the Old Mill and it’s a local favorite for snapping pics because of the pretty backgrounds. 🙂

  • Reply LaKita September 7, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    I love both of the tops! I also love the way you paired the longer top with skinny jeans and I would totally wear that look for the rest of the summer and maybe even into the Fall 🙂
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    • Reply Sonya October 6, 2017 at 10:09 am

      Thanks LaKita!!! It’s still pretty warm here. So I’ve been wearing both shirts this fall.

  • Reply Victoria September 8, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    That is such a cute top. This summer I’ve mostly been sticking to VS sport attire unless I have a reason to get dressed more formally lol.

    • Reply Sonya October 6, 2017 at 10:08 am

      Thanks Victoria!!!

  • Reply Marina @ Parental Journey September 14, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Shirt looks great on you! So cute!
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    • Reply Sonya October 6, 2017 at 10:08 am

      Thanks Marina!!! 🙂

  • Reply robincharmagne September 21, 2017 at 11:58 am

    That’s a cute top and you could easily change the fabric and make something for the cooler temps. You are really rocking this sewing thing! Love it Sonya!

    • Reply Sonya October 6, 2017 at 10:03 am

      You are right about using a different fabric for the cooler temperatures. I plan on making a similar shirt with sleeves this fall. 🙂

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