New Look 6871 – Finished! Easy Summer Top

68871 collage

My closet is void of summer tops. So, I put it upon myself to make a few this summer. This started out as a muslin, but it is a wearable muslin for sure, with mistakes minor and hidden.

Here’s a down and dirty review of New Look 6871.

  • Name: New Look 6871
  • View: D Modified
  • Size: 10
  • Fabric: From stash, Project Runway silky – no longer available.
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy


  • I took in two inches on the back fold and made a pleat. The blouse as written was huge. Next version I’ll just eliminate the excess completely prior to cutting out.


  • I did a narrow chest adjustments on the yoke section to bring it in a bit.
  • I did not add the section at the bottom.
  • I followed the bias tips at and it came out pretty darn good.

 Is this pattern a keeper or a stinker?

Keeper, I’ve got a cotton voile version already cut out. I think this would make a cute dress too.

Additional observations:

The inside of this one is quite a mess, the fabric frays like crazy. Next one, I’d like to work on making the inside as nice as the outside with French seams or binding.

There are a lot of versions of this on the www. I liked Nicely Done’s version, she embroidered the yoke. You can look at her version HERE.

In the above photo I was trying to take a picture showing a different style option. My hands and arms, what do you do with them! So awkward.


    • Yes, I was trying different looks. That belt is leather but I could make a fabric belt too. Of course i don’t have enough fabric but next time!


  1. Gorgeous Jill, this is definitely a keeper! I love your version of 6871, but if you had sewn up this pattern without any adjustments would you have judged it a stinker? In the end it looks beautiful but I wish patterns didn’t have to be adjusted so much to look great on. I think having to make a lot of changes in order for the finished product to look good is very discouraging to new sewers.


    • Yes, I think you’re right. If new sewers don’t have the knowledge or friends (or grandma!) to help, it can be very frustrating. I don’t know if I would have made it a keeper without the adjustments. There was A LOT of ease in the back that even with a silky made it look weird and didn’t drape well at all.


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