It is summer time, and nothing says summer attire to me like a cool, lightweight top. Since I have a love affair with chiffon, I thought a color-blocked dolman shirt with two colors of chiffon was in order! Working with such light-weight fabric can be tough, especially when laying out pattern pieces and getting everything to just stay put!! I’ve got a not-quite-tutorial for you on how I was able to get this together!
Because fabric like chiffon is so finicky, I first sewed the two colors of chiffon together and treated it as one piece of fabric. Then, instead of putting the pattern on top of the fabric, I put the fabric on top of the pattern in order to get the color-blocking just as I wanted it. I had drawn a line on the pattern, and I was able to get the seam to line up exactly on it, no guessing and hoping it was where I needed it below the pattern! I pinned (a lot!) and was able to get two perfectly matching front and back pieces for my top.
I added chiffon bias binding on the sleeves and neckline (nearly killed me! That was brutal!) and just did a rolled hem on the bottom. I left a slit on the sides just to change things up a bit and make it a little more interesting.
It was a great no-fuss way of cutting out the pieces for this color-blocked shirt! I love a good method of making things easier. Feel free to visit me at the Crafty Cupboard for more sewing fun, crafty projects, and great inspiration! Happy summer sewing!
This is so pretty! I've seen a lot of chiffon tops around, but sewing chiffon makes me really nervous. Maybe I'll give it a try....Also, if you're new to sewing (or just want to learn more), make sure to check out the I Can Sew Series on Melanie's blog.