I found this lovely chiffon print on the bargain table at Haberman Fabrics around March, can you believe it? It screams “summer” to me, but I had so much trouble deciding what garment to make with it. Dress? Skirt? Top? I draped it on my dressform over and over, dug through my patterns over and over… I just couldn’t decide what to do with it. I posted a pic of the fabric on Instagram and a sewing friend (Sewing to Soothe My Soul) commented that she had bought the exact same fabric! A few weeks ago I enlisted her help to motivate me to move forward on this project before the summer ended, by asking her to also stitch up her cut and report back. As she posted her first progress picture on Instagram, I was immediately motivated! It worked!!!
Vogue 1387 is a Rebecca Taylor pattern with two different blouses. I chose the short sleeve pullover version. “Top has self-lined yokes, front pleats, shaped hemline, and very narrow hem. A: Front longer than back, sleeveless, surplice neckline, pullover, fitted through bust, no shoulder seams, elasticized tie ends for casing, underarm inset, and armhole bands.” Even though it’s described as “sleeveless”, I would say it has more of a cap sleeve. I really loved the design details and casual beauty of this top.
Fabric: 2 yards of 60″ wide chiffon panel print from Haberman Fabrics in Royal Oak, MI. $4.98/yd, so this cute top can in under $10! The pattern layout was quite challenging though, since I wanted to make the best use of the panel print, and had only 2 yards to work with.
Did I mention how much I hate single layer cuts???
Modifications: I strayed from the pattern instructions in a few places, mostly because I have a serger, didn’t feel the need to do french seams, and because my fabric was sheer. I skipped the front facing and back yoke, since I wanted to keep the blouse sheer all over. I straight-stitched along the seam line, then serged the edge to finish it cleanly, pressed it over and stitched it down. I also used my serger to finish the bottom with a narrom rolled hem and zig-zagged the elastic onto the waist seam.
I’m really pleased with the final outcome, I think it highlights the panel print perfectly! I also love the style and wearability of the top, that it will work for both work and going out, with jeans or with pencil skirt.
I will warn you that the shoulder/armhole pieces are a little challenging, as the outer part is cut on the bias (so I couldn’t match the prints) and there is an inner armhole piece that gets stitched inside for coverage under the arm. It was a little fussy/frustrating, but again, my serger leaves everything so neat, that I really can’t complain. I also skipped the buttonholes on the front and simply tacked the waist tie bow to the front center.
On the back, I was able to place the back shoulder yoke pieces to take advantage of another print feature (Yay!), but now notice that my lower back flounce print placement was a little lopsided. (Boo!). Got very lucky on the stripe matching on the back from center piece to lower flounce (Woohoo!)
In conclusion, I’m thrilled with the outcome! The “happy print” of the fabric was well matched with this feminine blouse and I’m quite proud of myself for powering through the “frustration factor” of the chiffon. I’ll definitely be using this pattern again, in fact I’m almost done with a UFO of the other long-sleeved version! Looking forward to “twinning” with my sewing buddy at a future #DetroitSews event or sewing class!