Self drafted halter neck chiffon blouse

[UPDATED – the pattern and tutorial for this blouse is now available HERE.]

My regular rummage in the remnants bin this week found a piece of chiffon.  It has a floral pattern and isn't too big, but it was so light, and the remnants are priced by weight, so this cost just $1.25.  I'm sure it's supposed to be for sheer curtains or something, but I wanted to give it a try to see what it would be like to sew with.  It's not only sheer, it's slippery !

I had seen a halter top on the Burda site, but I can't get the magazine here, and didn't fancy paying to download the pattern for something that looked so simple.  So I had a go at drafting something myself.  I wanted it to be very simple (because that's all I know !) so I used a single pattern piece and used it for front and back.


So Sew Easy - Easy halter chiffon blouse

I taped some plain copier paper together and drew a rectangle.  The length top to bottom was the length of my body from top of shoulder to top of hip bones.  The width of the rectangle was half of my bust measurement plus 2 inches.  Then I used a large plate to scoop out two ‘armholes', draw lines straight up to the neck and it was done !


Seam allowances were added – a little on each side, and 2 inches at the top to form a casing, and a couple of inches at the bottom hem.  It was very rough so I held it up against my body and it seemed to ‘fit' just fine.


Obviously I couldn't just make the blouse out of chiffon for modesty reasons, so I also had some cream stretch satin – also $1.25 from the remnant bin.  I cut out the satin according to my pattern.  Then I cut out the chiffon just a little larger all round because I didn't want the two to be exactly on top of each other, I wanted a little float in the chiffon.


So Sew Easy - Easy halter chiffon blouse

I sewed up the sides, keeping the edges together on the two fabrics.  Then I folded over and hemmed the armhole edges from one side all the way to the other in one seam.  I folded over the casing at the top and tucked in the raw edges before sewing an inch and half down to leave an open tube at the top front and back.  Then I hemmed the chiffon and the satin separately at the bottom so the chiffon hung loose.


I made a tie from a long tube of the chiffon and neatened the ends.  This is threaded through the casing front and back.  I adjusted the tube to a suitable length, overlapped and sewed them together and then wiggled the seam inside the casing at the back.  I gathered up the front and back casings where I liked them and then just tacked the edges to the neck tie so that the gathers stayed in place when worn.


And it was done.  I made a matching headband with some left over chiffon and a little elastic at the bottom (not modelled).  A total of $2.50 spent.  Certainly the top is not as fitted as the Burda one, but I am pretty pleased with it and I've already worn it a couple of times.

So Sew Easy - Easy halter chiffon blouse

If anyone would be interested to see more about how I drafted the simple pattern, do let me know.  I've kept the pattern so I could make a simple tutorial if anyone is interested in having a go themselves.  (UPDATE:  a tutorial is underway and will be published on 7th Feb 2013.)


And of course I'd be delighted to read your comments.


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27 Responses to Self drafted halter neck chiffon blouse

  1. chris says:

    Can you please share your drafted pattern? Thank you so much!

  2. JuliaBulia says:

    I have been searching for just the right halter pattern and finally decided to go to Pinterest. I love this pattern. It is exactly what I was looking for. Can wait to try it..

  3. Lona says:

    Love it! I am going to find some and make some for my summer!
    found you on Craftsy!

  4. Rissa says:

    Was the chiffon really difficult to work with? I’m considering making a maxi dress (amateur sewer I am) and I’m being told how difficult it is to sew with chiffon… Do you have any tips or maybe I should leave well alone (by trying a smaller project with the chiffon)?

    • Deby Coles says:

      You know, now that I know more about sewing I think exactly the same – I would never try sewing with chiffon. But in my ignorance I just liked it and sewed it. And yes it was a bit slippery, especially as I paired it was a satin under lining, but I didn’t know any better! I would say give it a try. But a small piece, or a remnant and try out some stitches and techniques you’ll want to use in the main project. You can get some new experience and skills and it might just give you the confidence to move on to that bigger project – or make you realise that something else would work better.

  5. Mara says:

    I have found your site through craftsy. You are an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing all this great info!

  6. Tracy Leigh says:

    Love this design. My friend has purchased quite a few of them and i would love to make them! This is beautiful and very flattering. You did a fantastic job and inspired me to take this one on myself. Thank you!!!!

  7. Natalie says:

    This top is very cute!!!
    Thanks for sharing on Tutorial Thursdays.

  8. Hi Deby. What a fantastic project. thank you so much for linking up at Thriving on Thursdays. I’m featuring this at tomorrow’s party. Hope to see you again soon.

    Anne xx

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  10. Janice says:

    It looks fantastic and what a great deal! Thanks for linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday:)

  11. laurie says:

    So cute! I envy your sewing abilities!!!

    xoxo laurie

  12. Tammie says:

    Very cute. I would love to see a tutorial. TFS

  13. cyndeekromminga says:

    Very cute! I would love to see a tutorial too.

    Visiting from Sew Much Ado.

  14. Kate says:

    I would love to see the tutorial too. How do you take the blouse off?

  15. Michele says:

    Been thinking about making a halter. Love how yours turned out. Pinned:) Swing by

  16. Diana Rambles says:

    Really pretty! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Lisa says:

    This looks lovely. I have a shirt that I want to alter to make something like this

  18. Tamsyn says:

    Well done, it looks so gorgeous! I’m hanging out for the tutorial too 🙂

  19. CK says:

    Hi, found your site through the linky party at Sew Many Ways. Your halter blouse is simply gorgeous! I would love a tutorial so I could make one for myself 🙂

  20. Ann says:

    Cute top! Nice work!

  21. Olga Becker says:

    Really turned out great,

  22. Debi York says:

    If you could possible, I would love to see a tutorial on this top, I just love it. Thank you

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