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Boho Chic Off the Shoulder Top

When I saw the Cream Crinkled Texture Double Cotton Gauze Fabric on the Minerva site, I knew immediately that it would be the perfect fabric to make a Boho Chic off the shoulder top. It’s crinkled texture gives it a more raw and worn-in look and the double gauze was incredibly easy to sew with as it is more of a medium-weight fabric and has a bit more structure.

Off-the shoulder tops are my favorite to wear. They make me feel really feminine and flirty, which is a fun vibe for the hot summer months! I love wearing them to a nice outdoor patio brunch with a girlfriend or to all the summer BBQs. I’ve also really been into ruffles lately, which are a playful addition to any garment!

I actually ended up finding two different purposes for this top. The first is for wearing during the spring/summer seasons and the second is to wear as a blouse to attend our local Renaissance Faires. I always find a way to use one garment in multiple ways!

I look forward to attending Renaissance Faires in the summer ever since my husband and I went to our first one in 2018. If you haven’t been to a faire, I highly recommend it as they are very magical and a nice change of pace. Much like the sewing community, everyone is so welcoming at the faire and it’s a great place to go and be yourself without judgement! I’m always amazed by how some people get so into their characters. I have yet to feel comfortable enough to create a different persona for myself, but maybe in the future!

I ended up using a blouse pattern from the Simplicity Renaissance Maidens 5582 Pattern. I made Blouse View A and instead of using two rows of elastic on the bicep and forearm, I omitted the elastic around my forearm and left it as a ruffle sleeve! When I first imagined this blouse, I did not intend to leave it as a ruffle sleeve but once I got to making it I decided to make that adjustment.

The second adjustment that I made was I turned the blouse into more of a crop top. The original blouse pattern was really long on me so I ended up cutting off about 5 inches. Since I finally sewed myself a pair of high-waisted jeans, I feel a lot more comfortable wearing crop tops now!

Overall, I’m super happy with how this top turned out. The double gauze fabric definitely served this top well and gave me a worn-in Boho Chic AND Renaissance look all in one! I love when a garment works in more than one setting!

Even with the mild pattern hacking and adjustments that I made, this top was so easy to make as the fabric is so versatile. I will definitely be finding more ways to incorporate cotton gauze fabric in my wardrobe and can’t wait to see your makes as well!

Happy Sewing,

Angelica

Angelica can be found on Instagram at @angelica_creates, on Facebook at @angelicacreates, and over on her blog www.angelicacreates.com.

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