Ta da! The Vintage New Look 6510 Shift Dress Part 2

This is a follow-up post on my second vintage New Look 6510 shift dress.

You can read all about part 1 HERE . And the original shift dress which I sewed out of a sheet and which turned out very nice is posted HERE.

Remember this problem?

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After much un-sewing and re-sewing and internet researching and head scratching…
may I have a Drum Roll Please! ……

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Ta Da!

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Yay! I made another shift dress!

It still didn’t turn out as nice as the first one I made, though. Why? I think that has to do with the fabric I used. This particular fabric is very flimsy and on the verge of unraveling at every step – in fact,  I might have to go back in and re-do the seams after a couple of washings. I think this pattern is better suited to fabric with more body, like the bed sheet I used for the last one. But that’s okay. I only paid $3.00 for this piece of fabric from the thrift store, so it made good practice material.

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Remember this problem from the last post? 010

To fix it, I unpicked & removed the bias tape, raised the shoulders about 2 inches and then re-attached the tape. Then I unpicked the side seams and the bust darts and moved them down.

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Thank goodness the print is so busy because I did not get the bust darts even. One is much lower than the other. More unpicking may ensue…depends on whether or not it affects my comfort wearing it. Because I don’t think it’s noticeable unless you’re really hunting for it. And if anyone is going to be staring that hard at my chest, than they deserve the reward of finding the bad job!

I also unpicked and removed the bias tape on the neckline, and added a facing. The fabric is so flimsy that I feared it would go all wonky after a few wearings. I then sewed the bias tape pack on again (for decoration.) I also added a funky retro button from my button jar.

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Remember this problem from the last post?
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To fix it,  I sewed darts over the shoulder blades to help take in some of the gaping in the neck. It still gapes, but I’m okay with that.

Well…no, I’m not, actually. But I don’t know what else I can do about it at this point. And besides, when my hair is down you won’t be able to see it. Right?

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Remember the bunching at the back? Well, I fixed that by sewing fish-eye darts down either side of the back seam. YES! FISH EYE DARTS!!! I consulted the Google-gods about what to do about the excess fabric pooling at my lower back and fish-eye darts was the answer I was given. (Fish eye darts are vertical tear-drop shaped darts. So why don’t they call them tear-drop darts?) Amazing!

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Lalala! I am feeling so clever!

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So there you go. It isn’t perfect. But it’s light and airy and I think I am presentable enough to run into town or to the grocery store in it.

And it is a very thrifty dress, costing me a total of $3.25 to make.

What did I learn?

  • Sitting with the seam ripper and unpicking seam after seam can actually be a kind of peaceful zen experience.
  • Darts are marvelous things if you put them in right.
  • I need to learn how to adjust the tissue pattern before I cut out my fabric.
  • I really like shift dresses, but I need to find a better designed pattern.
  • I am ready to move on to something a little more complicated than just sewing a front piece and a back piece together (though you wouldn’t know it judging by the trouble I’ve had!)
  • I can learn to do anything!

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I think I’m finished with the New Look 6510, though. Too much fiddling and in two attempts it still has major problems. Time to move on to something else!

Or….maybe I will be stubborn and MAKE THIS PATTERN WORK on one more, last attempt!

What would you do?

About Nita

I retired early and moved to a new community. I blog about my adventures as I explore a new lifestyle. I write about quilting, knitting and needlework, about learning to sew my own garments, adventures in the kitchen and in the garden, dancing, hiking, yoga...life is my playground!
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11 Responses to Ta da! The Vintage New Look 6510 Shift Dress Part 2

  1. Sheila Perl says:

    Wow, I would have gone nuts with all the unpicking (unsewing) but it definitely was worth it because that dress looks fantastic! 😀

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  3. JAN FOZARD says:

    Wow, well done Nita – it is supercute and the piping adds a great ‘finisher’ edge. Your end fit looks really good. I LOVE upcycling – made a sweet pillow out of an Aran type sweater last week.

  4. Hey cousin :)! If there was money in this, I’d say run with it! But since it’s a labor of love, enjoy looking fabulous in it because you do!

  5. fawnahareo says:

    By the way, my thought for the bunching at the top of your back… If you can imagine how the fabric would lie if you flattened it out, that’s probably how you’d need to fix it. If you can get or make a dress form that matches your body, that would help a lot. (From the pic, though, it doesn’t look significant…)

    I’m planning to make a dress form this fall, by the way. I found an old discarded torch lamp to use as the base, so keep your eyes peeled… 😀

  6. fawnahareo says:

    One of the the things I have loved about my “upcycling” projects is figuring out solutions to these problems. I know that triumph you feel. Hooray!!! I love it, Nita!

  7. Fabulous!! Love the dress! Love you tenacity!

  8. I really admire your tenacity to keep going because I am sure I would not have the resolve to put things right. You did and it looks great on you. You most definitely are presentable and I much admire you. Can’t wait to see what you will make next.

  9. I would have moved on after the first attempt….so I’m in awe! You really did a wonderful wonderful make over Nita!! Cheers!!!!

  10. Carol Broughton says:

    I really like the fabric you used. Thank you for the tips!

  11. Mary Ann says:

    Love the dress. Really like the fabric and you look great in it.

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