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Chambray Frills & Rhinestone dreams blouse

Added May 3, 2011

by loyl8

Wauwatosa, Wisco...






I love this shirt!! I fits me perfectly. I am really impressed on how it came out. I’ve had this chambray sitting here staring at me and didn’t know what to do with it exactly until this!! I would love to say this has a Stella McCartney-esque look to it. I changed up the pattern to make it my own version. I made a invisible button placket (first time, without a pattern) to give it more of a clean finished look and for the bottom I made it curved (part of the other pattern) and longer. The invisible placket took a little time to figure out. I tried to have it to where I didn’t need to stitch down the placket to the shirt but when you buttoned it it pulled and defeated the purpose. I contemplated between clear snaps or self fabric buttons. Kind of wish I went either smaller buttons or the snaps, but I used what I had. The top button is a large sparkley rhinestone button (which I love). The start of the placket I hand sewed a clear snap then the buttons start. I made the buttons to match. I overlocked all the seam edges. Next time I’m going to try better seam finishing. I had the perfect matching thread to go with it. The bottom was a little rough since there were convex and concave curves. I should have just made a facing, but I didn’t have enough fabric. I had some very careful clipping to do around the hip area and the rest was kind of slightly gathered. I think it turned out very clean. I did a 3/4" sa on the bottom should have maybe tried 1", lesson learned :) I stitched in the ditch on about every seam to keep them in the right place.

The frills really weren’t that rough to do. I did my stitch where I’m going to fold, iron the fold, then tiny zig-zag the edge, then trim with my applique scissors. A little tip on the shoulder frills: stitch your gather thread on your frill but don’t gather until you pin it down in the middle and ends of your shirt. It made it a lot easier to control and made more even frills.

I wore it in Vegas recently and it was perfect. The only thing is it was too cold to wear it with my pink and orange sequin skirt :(. I decided to wear it with by black skinny pants with leather knees, sparkley rhinestone bracelet, and my Chanel earings instead.

ps: don’t forget to add the SA. I did with this one only because I forgot on another project). Also this pattern comes with #122 3/4 sleeve blouse. I was confused at first. I think I might make that one too but in my own way :).


P.S. Which picture do you think looks the best?

Material Notes

Indigo chambray, denim colored thread, hand made fabric covered buttons, clear snap, rhinestone button, interfacing, needle, scissors: applique, dressmaker, embroidery.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Business, Casual, Evening Wear, Other, Preppy, Romantic

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    Jul 13, 2014, 06.15 PMby Allison Page

    Totally forgot how much I wanted to make this blouse when it first came out, and now that I see yours I’m totally inspired! It’s my next project! Thank you! Yours is spectacular!!!

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      Aug 14, 2014, 04.40 PMby loyl8

      :) thank you

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    Apr 28, 2014, 09.44 AMby Frances Poff

    Wow, love your take on the blouse, the curved hemline is great too!

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      Aug 14, 2014, 04.39 PMby loyl8

      Thank you

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    Jul 3, 2011, 08.23 PMby nouvellegamine

    wow, this came out adorably. i love the curved hem you added. very nice!

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    May 10, 2011, 11.17 PMby fifilina

    oh, it’s lovely! i really like the curved hem

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    May 10, 2011, 10.16 AMby Priscilla Folley

    It looks fabulous, exceptionally well made. It seems like it was a lot of work, but it definitely paid off! I don’t know what picture looks best, but I like the ones in which we see your entire outfit, ‘cause that’s when I saw how good the top was. I think that a thin waist belt would make it look even cuter!

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      May 10, 2011, 04.49 PMby loyl8

      Thank you :) the feedback is just what I needed. I’ll try it with a belt next time and see :)

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    May 10, 2011, 01.01 AMby Lauaaa Night

    Love this!!!

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    May 9, 2011, 08.38 PMby runningwithscissors1

    Love the ruffles! nice work.

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      May 9, 2011, 11.34 PMby loyl8

      thank you :)

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