Keeping it simple blouse

Even though I still need to complete (or even start!) my Boho Chic challenge for #RefashionRunway3… I decided to take a small break from the challenges the lovely Beth has given us.

Behold!

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Won’t button all the way…

I LOVE the color of this. AND, it’s 100% silk!

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When this thing sold new on the rack (God only knows what decade…) I’m sure it was a pretty penny. Of course, I scored it for .99 cents. Be jealous.

Less is more. I’m just gonna shorten this bad boy. End of story.

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I cut that free hand…

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…and this is how it turned out.

Yeah, after IΒ “rounded” that out I finished the raw edge with a rolled hem.

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Next, just to be on the safe side, I added a vent to the sides.

I sewed a bar-tack up 3 inches first. Then I seam ripped it.
I sewed a bar-tack 3 inches up from the edge first. Then I seam ripped it (and sewed the raw edges left behind).

I’m sure there’s a more professional way to accomplish this… but I am an amateur after all πŸ™‚

These buttons are gross. Goodbye!
These buttons are gross. Goodbye!

I found some shiny, mother of pearl, seashell looking buttons in my stash and sewed those on to replace them.

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Drop your feed dogs, select your zig zag stitch, and slowly turn the hand wheel to “find” the holes. Once your needle finds the holes, you can use the foot pedal to sew the buttons down securely.

I was going to shorten the sleeves and then I thought… why?!?!

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Just roll the sleeves up for crying out loud, right?

I still ended up leaving the bottom button undone, even after giving the blouse vents. *sigh. What can ya do?

I don’t think it looks too bad.

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The thin silk likes to curl.

I really like the buttons too.

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I wore this to church and got several compliments on it. People thought it was store bought (always a plus when you’re able to trick them like that).

I’m a jeans a t-shirt kind of gal, but this could easily be dressed up with a pencil skirt and blazer.

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Sometimes it’s nice to keep things simple.

πŸ™‚

10 thoughts on “Keeping it simple blouse

  1. Now that’s one very versatile piece! I like the sleeves rolled better than cut entirely. And I also love me some silk!!!

  2. That’s gorgeous! AND – I’ve had a red silk tunic-dress-thing hanging in my closet for ages (waiting for me to pay some attention), but I’ve been too scared to cut into it… maybe now I’ll get around to it, you’ve incentivised me! (once I’ve finished the boho project……..!!) Goodness only knows how you fit it all in πŸ™‚

  3. I love it! And isn’t that such an awesome feeling when you find 100% silk item at a thrift store? Score!!! I’m so glad I found you through this challenge, you’re so talented and you bet I’ll keep following you forever!:)

    Sarah

    1. What a sweet thing to say, Sarah. Thank you so much! I’ve really enjoyed getting to “know” you and all the girls in the contest too. I’ve actually enjoyed that more than the competition itself; lifelong blogging buddies/friends πŸ™‚

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