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.
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.
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.
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.
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?