This is Helena from GrayAllDay and I’m presenting my chambray and feather chiffon blouse as “so hot” for this month’s challenge.
This is my lovely summer top, McCall’s 6605, made from special thrifted feather chiffon and lightweight chambray. I enjoyed swishing around in this Easter weekend and I know I will wear it all summer. But I had a long journey to reach the land of effortless summertime boho chic.
Argh! This pattern! I love this kind of flowy top, with interesting details thrown in. I liked the rendering of View A with the contrasting yoke. But I’ve been around the sewing block and I was certain that I didn’t want to make a button placket out of chiffon, nor deal with that fiddly neckline piece.
So the chambray idea took shape, and this particular piece of chambray is soft but not very drapey. Therefore, the top as drafted ended up looking like a clown shirt with wings! The cut on sleeves stuck out ridiculously, and even though I had gone down my usual 2 sizes in McCall’s, the billowing of the bottom chiffon was out of control. Not to mention the back dipped hem reached halfway to my knees.
I had hemmed it early so I could insert my finished hem edges into the placket, so all of these issues were not going to be easily fixed. I stomped my foot and threw the whole thing into the corner for over a month.
Finally I calmed down and got out the scissors. I shaved 1.5 inches from each sleeve and 2.5 inches from the sides of the chiffon. I also cut 4 inches off the back hem so the hi-lo was much more pleasing.
In the end, I learned that chambray doesn’t drape like chiffon over the shoulders (surprise!) but perseverance and the strong desire to save my precious feather fabric resulted in quite a cute and wearable top.
I’m so glad I could contribute to The Monthly Stitch again (it’s been a while). I love this community so much and love to see what everyone is making. I read every post and get a ton of ideas all the time. Thank you for having me!