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 couldn't believe it. 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 couldn't find the exact fabric I used but these options from our friends at Fashion Fabrics Club might get you something similar.
I taped some plain copier paper together and drew a rectangle. The length top to bottom was the length of my body from the 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 around because I didn't want the two to be exactly on top of each other, I wanted a little float in the chiffon.
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 leftover chiffon and a little elastic at the bottom (not modeled). 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.
If anyone would be interested to see more about how I drafted the simple pattern, do let me know in the comments below. I could make a simple tutorial if anyone is interested in having a go themselves.
And of course, I'd be delighted to read your comments.
This article was originally published way back in 2013. It's been really popular over the years so I thought we'd update it and bring it to the top of the blog again for all the new readers to enjoy- Mayra
Hi, I love the blouse pattern and really want to try it. I hav a question about the instructions though that i just want to clarify in my mind. You said that you sewed the side up seams together and then hemmed the bottoms of each fabric separately. Am I right that you sewed through both fabrics at once for the side seams? Then when you hemmed them separately, what did you do when you got to the side seams? Or did you leave a small section un sewn so you could hem it up separately? I just thought of another question too. How far down did you place the bottom of the plate to make the armholes, and what was the inch or centimetre measurementof the plate? Thank you.
Is it possible to put in a bust dart? Straight pieces just don’t do right without them.
HI Caroline it would not work because of the gathers at the neckline, this top is for A to Small C Cups woman, hence the gathers.
Are you familiar with the Fashion Fabrics Club? I see you posted some suggested fabrics from them. I checked out their selection and l loved what I found there. But the online reviews are mostly negative. I don’t mind the wait that is often mentioned,but I have a problem with the poor customer service and misleading descriptions.
So far I have no problems but it is rather worrying if the info is misleading. I will contact them and see what they say about their reviews.
Thank you. I’d be interested in their response.
Very nice top, I would love to make it in a large size.