Chiffon Violet aka Is Your Band Opening for “That Dog”?

If you don’t remember who That Dog is, go do some digging. They’re fun. They are a 90s rock band that rocked my world back in the day. 90s rock basically rocks this house. The Hubbinator is also a huge 90s rock guy. So, when he saw my new blouse, my chiffon Violet, he said, “Is your band opening for That Dog?” How could I not pose for the pics like this? This was what I was actually wearing when I tried on my Violet for the first time. I take his comment as a compliment.

I’m wearing a thin black tank underneath my Violet. This is a pattern from Colette that I got a couple of months ago here in town. I like the look. Oh, and these are also my shorts and my new leggings. You know how people complain that sewing bloggers put on make-up and shoes we never wear and stuff…well, this is truly me. It couldn’t be more me. The pencil skirts and other garments that make me look put together? Yeah, that’s me, but a more mainstream looking version of me.

I cut a size 8 for the back and a size 12 for the front grading to an 18 (the largest size) for the length in the front. I was in the mood for trying out ways to skip the FBA and this seemed to work. Also, bear in mind that this blouse is very roomy, so measure the actual pattern before you cut. That way you can decide how fitted you make it. Also, make sure you don’t pull the back too fitted because you really do need to let those gathers hang nicely.

It’s also a boxy blouse, which is why I went for a floaty crinkle chiffon. I got all excited when I read about giving your shifty fabrics a gelatin bath before working with them. I posted this link on how to do the bath everywhere and now that I’ve worked with two different chiffons that had the gelatin bath, I have to say it’s a great idea and a trick I’ll use in the future.

The gelatin made the normally shifty fabric completely manageable. I sewed with a size 9 needle and only really did any crazy pinning on the curved seams. I highly recommend the bath.

For alterations besides the ones I mentioned in the sizes I cut the pattern, I also moved the darts so that they’d be more angly. I don’t like darts that are perpendicular to the floor that hit right at my bust so I angled my bust darts more like french darts, which also helped a tad as waist shaping.

I drafted the leggings from Cal Patch’s directions that you can find here. I love these new leggings. Can’t wait to make another pair.

As for the Violet blouse, all I have to say, is that I’m dedicating this song to you.

31 thoughts on “Chiffon Violet aka Is Your Band Opening for “That Dog”?

  1. StephC says:

    Great tip on the gelatin bath. I’ve never ever heard that but now I want to find some tricksy fabric to go try it on!

    You look super cute, I love the look. SMILE. That’s part of it though, isn’t it? 🙂 I’ll smile for you then. What a nice little top, very cool.

    • Leila says:

      Thank you. Please try slippery fabrics. You might be surprised after the gelatin. Just hold the fabric before and behind the presser foot. It helps with stopping bubbly stitches.

  2. denimskirtsetc says:

    Really nice! I’m working on the Banksia a the moment so I’m battling with collars. I have the Violet as well so I’m always interested in seeing them. I was thinking about chiffon as well!

    • Leila says:

      I haven’t worked with any of Megan’s patterns but they are adorable. Good luck with your collar. Looks like from your blog that your peter pan collars are quite nice. Have you used chiffon before? I recommend the gelatin bath.

  3. Brooke says:

    I love your blouse! And I think cutting the various sizes for it worked really well because it looks great! Yay for shortcuts that actually work! =)

    I read about that gelatin tip and found it intriguing – I think it results in a similar stiffness as when I use the iron-in sizing. I will have to try it sometime to compare the effects.

    • Leila says:

      I was hoping you’d notice the fit. It looks like I bought it (a compliment to me right now) but it actually fits in the bust AND the shoulders. I don’t even think it’s as boxy as every other one I’ve seen made. I’m so excited for this shortcut. I could’ve spent more time on trueing the collar but I’m gonna live and learn and luckily the mishap is tucked under the collar and nobody’s gonna ever notice.

      What’s iron-in sizing?

      • Brooke says:

        It does look store bought (that’s a good thing)! And with your dark fabric, I don’t see anything weird about the collar – I’m sure it’s better than a lot of store bought collars! =)

        Sizing comes in a can (you can find it next to the starch at the store) and you just spray it on and iron it dry. (I talk about it on my blog in this post. ) It’s probably faster than using gelatin because it’s a little more instant.

  4. Beth says:

    So the first thing I thought of when I saw the first photo was Lisa Loeb – must be the glasses. I’m a big 90’s fan too. And you definitely got the look down! The shirt looks great too 😉

  5. juxnz says:

    Thanks so much for the link to the gelatin bath for shifty fabrics! Have some gorgeous violet coloured chiffon I’ve been procrastinating about making up for exactly this reason. Not anymore!

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