Brown silk chiffon blouse, Simplicity 1693


I still haven’t worn this top yet… It’s brown silk chiffon in a sort of snake print (?), I guess. I got the silk from Thai Silks in Los Altos — my favorite silk source. I need to see patterns in person. I can never get a good sense of scale online, and I’ve ended up buying some really funky fabric over the years that has HUGE patterns when I thought it would be a fairly small pattern (and actually, you know, WEARABLE).

Simplicity 1693 pattern

I used Simplicity 1693, view B, which is a TNT (tried ‘n’ true) pattern for me. It has cute fluttery sleeves and fits nicely — not boxy at all. I used French seams since the fabric is sheer, and did the neck and sleeve binding and the hem by hand. I made the binding from brown silk shantung that I had in my stash.


Does this count as snake print? I can’t decide. It’s not quite, but I don’t know how else to describe it… Anyway, cute top, turned out nicely, made a couple months ago when it was still warm, and yet I still haven’t worn it. I have no idea why. Now I’ll have to wait till spring, unless I get creative with layers…