Brown silk chiffon blouse, Simplicity 1693

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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.

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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…

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Silk chiffon skulls tank, Simplicity 1693

I love this fabric — sheer silk chiffon with little smiling skulls, bought at Thai Silks in Los Altos, CA. I used it for Simplicity 1693, view F, which is a simple tank with a high-low hem.

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I made bias binding out of the same fabric, and finished the bias and the hem by hand. Since it’s sheer, I used French seams. The shoulder straps were a little wide when I tried it on, so I added a little vertical pleat to make them narrower. I like the way it looks, so I’ll probably do that next time I use this pattern, too. If I don’t do the pleat, I’ll have to take about half an inch out of the center so it doesn’t sit so far out on my shoulders and gape at the neckline.

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I thought people at work would give me crap about the skulls, but no one said a word. One person kind of frowned at it, though… I think I might be able to wear it on milder days this winter under a jacket. Not sure — work has been freezing lately, so I need about 3 layers. Maybe if I add a scarf?

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