Also called the pussy-bow blouse on the other side of the pond, a chiffon bow at the collar of any blouse elevates it from everyday into elegant. But when you’re shopping on a budget (read: buying cheap), often the blouses that are affordable tend to lack such special details. I thrifted this lovely wide-collar chiffon blouse, but felt it needed an extra something to give it more style.
(The method is pretty much the same as that in my DIY in 5: Fabric Leopard Scarf; you’re just using chiffon and finishing the ends at an angle instead of sewing them straight.)
*mesh chiffon (mine is super-cheap polyester, 45″ wide. I bought 1/2 yd)
*machine needle for lightweight wovens
*iron & ironing board (optional)
*hand-sewing needle (optional)
1. Cut 2 strips of chiffon across the full width of the fabric. (I cut mine about 5″ wide.)
2. Stitch the pieces together at the short end to make one long piece of chiffon.
4. Turn the tube right-side-out, and press with an iron if you want.
7. To finish the ends properly, you’ll need to turn the chiffon to the inside and topstitch about 1/8″ from the edge. I’ve found the prep-part easiest to do in two stages:
TIP: When you topstitch the angled end, go slowly and use another pin to push the layers of fabric together just before they go under the machine foot, so they align perfectly at your topstitched edge. (There’s nothing that says “crafty mess” more than a misaligned topstitched edge…;-(
8. Iron if you like to set the creases. You can also add a small loop at the back of your shirt’s neck to hold the scarf in place – just use a scrap piece of fabric or a piece of thread (embroidery, or a couple strands of regular thread twisted or braided together), and tack the ends down with a couple of hand-sewn stitches.
Truth be told…this was pretty much DIY in 10 – but it’s fast, pretty simple – and the best part is, no one will be able to tell you didn’t buy your blouse this way off the rack! (The best part about DIY is always its subterfuge…;-)
You can also use your scarf in other ways – like tied in a turban, for instance; worn as a bow-headband; as a belt over a trench or breezy pair of slacks; or wrapped on your purse-handle.
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