New Look A6511: Easy Summer Shirt

I’ve been having so much fun with the whole sewing process. I love picking out different patterns and finding fabric that I want for the specific pattern that I’m sewing. ย That I’ve decided that I’m going to try to primarily sew my own clothes for the time being (not all of my clothes but as many as I can). I’m really in need of cute summer shirts. So I’ve been trying to find patterns that are cute yet not too difficult to sew. So I was really happy to find the New Look A6511 pattern. It’s an easy pattern and there are four different options for items to make. Three different shirt options in varying lengths and then one dress option.

New Look A6511
See my baby in the background pouting? She had been taking pictures but I gave the camera back to my husband to take pictures and she was not happy.

I choose to make View B first. It’s a sleeveless shirt with a small gathered ruffle at the bottom. I choose to use a yellow cotton ethnic print fabric that I bought from Jo-Ann at the begging of the year to make this shirt. If you read my post about my Spring Sewing Plansย then you might remember this fabric. I actually wanted to use it for a different pattern initially. However, when I bought this pattern I thought the fabric would actually look better as this shirt than the one I had originally planned to make with it.

New Look A6511

I’m really glad that I used this fabric with New Look A6511 because it looks fantastic. I really enjoyed making this shirt because it was very quick and easy to make. Plus it fits me great (I cut out the size 6 pattern). I didn’t have any problems making this shirt which I was really happy about. This pattern was truly very easy to make and I would definitely recommend a beginner trying to make it. To make this shirt it only used three pattern pieces. For me having only a few pattern pieces is always great because it gives me fewer opportunities for making mistakes. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I deviated from the pattern instructions for one thing. The pattern instructs you to make a thread loop and to sew on a button to close up the back of the shirt. However, I opted to sew on a hook and eye closure instead. I have lots of hookย and eye closures in my sewing materials kit. And I thought this option would be easier to sew. I’ve never sewn a thread loop so I was not sure how durable it would be. But I know that the hook and eye closure will be durable.

New Look A6511
Back View…I used a hook and eye closure and it turned out great.

I loved this shirt so much that I will definitely be making it again. I just need to buy some cute fabric so I can make it again.

New Look A6511
This is my favorite picture from that day and best of all it was taken by my daughter. She told me how to pose and everything ๐Ÿ™‚



  • Reply NERLINE June 17, 2017 at 6:18 am

    The last photo is my fave too. She is a great photographer and you look too cute in that top. Great job.
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    • Reply Sonya June 17, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks Nerline!

  • Reply Stacie June 17, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Love this cute lil peplum! Sonya, I’ve been getting sew inspired to start sewing again. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I even bought a pattern! Will I use it is another question.
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    • Reply Sonya June 17, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks Stacie! I hope you sew the pattern that you purchased. I would love to see how it turns out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Suzie Jackson June 17, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Girl that top! It is awesome and looks great on you. You do such a great job. I love that fabric choice. Your such a cute model Sonya you shine so bright!
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    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      Thank you Suzie for your kind words!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Mary June 17, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    I saw your new masterpiece on Instagram and had to come over to your blog and check it out. Your sewing skills are really improving, Iโ€™ve really enjoyed watching you get better and better and better. I love the fabric of this shirt and also the style. Your daughter is a great photographer.

    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks Mary!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Akaleistar June 18, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    That top is so cute, and you used a very pretty fabric!
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    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks Ashley!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Antionette M Blake June 19, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Gurl you are doing that darn thing and I can’t wait for you to open your own boutique! Who doesn’t love a kid that pouts when they don’t get their way! Happy Father’s Day to your hubby!
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    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks you so much Antionette!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Tamara June 19, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Scarlet approves of your flower crown/headband. She got one yesterday and it made her happy.
    This shirt ROCKS! I love the fabric and it looks like the epitome of summer. Such a nice pattern and so flattering all around.
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    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks Tamara!!! These flower crown/headbands do make you feel happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply LaKita June 22, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    The top turned out great and I love the fabric!
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    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks LaKita!!!

  • Reply Lou June 23, 2017 at 1:42 am

    I love the pattern and style of your shirt!

    And LOL at your daughter pouting in the background. She is just like my youngest, she is the same way when she wants to snap photos of me. But your daughter did a great job with the last photo, she captured you perfectly! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks Lou!!! She did do a really good job. I’ll feel better about handing over my camera when she is a little bit bigger. I’m scared that the camera is going to slipped off of her and hit the ground and break.

  • Reply Tina Peterson June 25, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Very cute top! Iโ€™d totally use that same fabric for myself. I donโ€™t think Ive ever used New Look patterns. I really like McCalls patterns. Great job!!

    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks Tina!!! This was my first time sewing a New Look pattern and I like it a lot.

  • Reply Madras Fabric May 26, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    It looks great on you Sonya, I like the fabric and the design also. It has an earthly theme on it Great job!

    • Reply Sonya May 29, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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