Boho Chic Off the Shoulder Top
Posted in Projects on Tuesday the 2nd July 2019 by Vicki Ormerod
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!
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