I made a modified boxy cropped blouse using some lovely Cloud 9 organic cotton voile and a poly chiffon. I used the same base pattern I created for my striped silk crop and my white linen crop, but I added a few playful details. I lengthed to the body a little (approx an inch and a half to two inches, I can’t remember exactly…) and added a 4″ sheer ruffle panel at the bottom. I also made angled shoulder contrasts and a button-down back with shank buttons that resemble pearl snap buttons.
I finished all the interior seams with french seams and the neck line and arm holes with bias binding made from the chiffon. I have found the key to successful sewing with chiffon is fabric stabilizer. I’ve used Sullivan’s Spray Stabilizer and really love how manageable shifty fabrics like chiffon become after drying – it even made cutting and sewing chiffon bias not on an option, but no more difficult than working with a cotton!
Loose, airy tops are essential for me in the humid, hot summers so I plan to get a lot of use out of this one. I have to figure out more styling options for what to pair it with. Katy has really made an effort to plan outfits when sewing, and I think I need to follow her example so I don’t end up with handmade pieces I love on their own, but am not sure how to wear many ways.
1 yd Organic Cotton Voile
1/2 yd grey poly chiffon
Styling: Pants, j. crew; shoes, Sam & Libby for Target; lipstick, Revlon Blase Apricot