chiffon loose-fit blouse + tutorial

foggydress_chiffon I was in Mill Valley yesterday, just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge (that’s where these photos were taken). Mill Valley is the only other city in Northern California (besides SF) that I would love love love  to live out the rest of my days in. It is a charming, slow-paced town, tucked away in the redwood forest that engulfs Marin County. Real estate is not cheap here, but a girl can dream…

foggydress_chiffon2Three yards of this fabric only cost me $2 in Hong Kong, and with a little sewing & creativity, I surprisingly love how it turned out! It’s loose fitting enough to be comfy, and sheer enough to show off your curves. I also love the length. Since I have a big booty that sticks out like a blonde girl in China, I like to cover it up whenever I can 🙂

foggydress_chiffon3I also love the contrast of wearing white under black chiffon because it shows off the sheer and sleek beauty of the fabric. Can you tell that I really love chiffon yet? I mean…check out my wedding dress:

foggydress_chiffonwedding…it’s draped in the stuff!!!

foggydress_chiffon4 I’m going to be honest with you though…this is not the best tutorial! If you can’t already tell, I am a beginner-level sewing girl who has all these designs in her head, but doesn’t know the proper way to actually make them. I thought sewing a sleeve on would be a cinch, but it was not! After an hour of just trying to get the sleeve on right, I finally figured it out. But by that time I was exhausted and frustrated and did not take any pictures of the process. Use an actual sleeve pattern if you want to spend less time figuring it out! Maybe once I’ve got it down, I’ll do a tutorial on it. It really isn’t so bad once  you know how to do it!  keep reading for tutorial…

in the making: a black chiffon something

I have a few yards of silky black chiffon sitting in a soft pile next to me. I picked it up in when I was in Hong Kong, from an old man selling lots of other cheap fabric. This chiffon just called out to me! I knew I had to take it home and make something delicious out of it. Here are a few things that are inspiring me for this project:

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^^Photo by kasia

DBD15D943E64371946FF5F235D1A3C ^^Photo by via

image1xl ^^Photo by asos

I think I want to go with a loose & baggy top shirt…I would love to make a skirt or dress out of it too, but that will have to come later (when I actually know how to make a skirt/dress). I’ll be sure to put up pictures of what I come up with!