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Shimmy and a Shake

As a product tester for Minerva, I am never 100% sure what I am going to get. Especially when you ask Vicki to “surprise me”.And surprise me she did. I received the most gorgeous dimensional border Chiffon Fabric in black with white polka dots. The photo does not do it justice at all.The movement in the fabric was amazing, the feel was very light and soft but I’ll be honest, I didn’t quite know where to start.

After much umming and ahhing I decided to use one of my favourite commercial patterns which is the New Look 6217. New Look 6217 is one of those New Look/Simplicity patterns that come with pretty much a whole outfit. There’s the top, a kimono, a skirt AND trousers. The top is a nice simple tee with extended sleeves and bias binding around the neckline.

Now the fabric suggestions do not lend themselves to the chiffon but I am never one to play by the rules, and decided that the dimensional border would look fab. Although the fabric is very lightweight and sheer, it was very easy to handle and ran through my overlocker like a dream. The top itself is a nice easy make and one that I recommend for (and use for teaching) beginners. The pattern only has 2 pieces that are cut on the fold, and the sewing instructions are easy to follow. No tricky techniques, just a few easy pieces to practice your skills and build your confidence.

Although not stated in the pattern itself you can forgo the keyhole opening and button at the back of the top just by, well, ignoring that bit. I left it off as the neckline is super wide so it serves very little actual purpose.

The top though simple has such a versatility that it can be used with most fabrics, although take care with jersey and ensure that you stay stitch around the neckline. I decided not to use the exposed bias binding on the neck line on this delicate fabric and opted for turning it to the inside instead. I also widened the neckline slightly.

The hems for the sleeves and bottom of the top are nice and simple, and for this top I chose a nice rolled hem so that there wasn’t too much bulk. The top took around 1 and a half hours to make (depending on your speed and how many chocolate biscuit breaks you need), and the finished product is fab. The versatility of the top and the amazing fabric means that it looks great dressed down with jeans for a simple yet chic daytime look but can be dressed up with the right accessories for a night out.

Thanks for reading,

Sam @ ohohsew

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