The “Where’s my Brooch?” Shirt

The Facts

Fabric: Polyester Chiffon 2 yards
Pattern: BurdaStyle Magazine 10/2011 Chiffon blouse with tie band (download)
Year: 2011
Notions: Thread, interfacing
Time to complete: ~ 7 hours
First worn: Today to work to take my picture (and show off).  I received a ton of complements and was happy to boast that “Yes, I made this!” :)
Wear again? Definitely, I wanted to make something to add to my daily wardrobe and this fits the bill perfectly!

Total price: ~ $11, Pattern: $5.40, Fabric: stash (about $5 when I originally bought it)

My challenge for this week was to make a shirt what would showcase a beautiful brooch, I have several and want to wear one on something other than a lapel.  I decided that something sheer with a tie was perfect to add a decorative brooch and I went searching for a pattern that had no buttons or zippers since chiffon is hard enough to work with.  Once I found and downloaded my pattern I went searching my stash for fabric.  I have has this pretty chiffon in my stash for years just waiting for the right pattern, it was a perfect match.  I took extra time to match the stripes on the fabric and change the sleeves on the pattern.  I made a bishop sleeve instead of a fitted one and am very happy I did, again no buttons.  Once the shirt was completed, I decided that none of the brooches I currently own looked right (I even tried making one out of a refashioned necklace) so now I am back to square one; looking for a brooch to match my new shirt.

Author

Jess

Jessica's passion for learning and vision to "make it better" has lead her down a road of sewing for over 15 years. As a new blogger, she hopes to share her creations and inspire others with her love of all things vintage.

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  1. That looks so great and to think you’ve had the fabric just waiting … Happy brooch hunting!

  2. Your shirt is lovely! The color is fabulous on you!

  3. She sure does fit the bill perfectly. Gorgeous blouse indeed.

  4. Wow! I would give you lots of compliments on this blouse too if we worked together.

  5. This is a BEAUTIFUL shirt. Great style and great fabric. Beautiful.

  6. Gorgeous blouse, brooch or no brooch.

  7. I do love a good bow blouse.

  8. Love it!! Who is cuter the shirt or you!?

  9. Sweet fabric – and the perfect pattern

  10. You did a beautiful job on the blouse. I love the way you matched the stripes.

    Simply stunning.

  11. I love it, what gorgeous fabric

  12. Great shirt. A good marriage of fabric and pattern.

  13. I am in love with the whole look — no wonder why you got so many compliments at work! Those sleeves, that fabric, the tie…lovely!

  14. Where did you get the fabric? It’s awesome!