Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Chain, Chain, Chain Blouse DIY

Despite not being much of an AI watcher, I do watch The Voice and they recently sang Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools."  It's been stuck in my head ever since and given the print of today's DIY blouse, well, you get the idea.

I saw this gorgeous sheer navy blue (looks black in the photos but a deep blue in sunlight) fabric with gold chain print in the sale section of Hancock Fabrics and instantly thought of different blouse ideas to try.  Though I initially thought sleeveless, I decided to go with 3/4 sleeves to be more office-friendly.  My favorite part of the DIY was being able to use gold buttons.  I don't know why, but I find gold buttons delightful - just a weird quirk of mine.

DIY Chain Blouse
LOFT Wide-legged White Trousers
Banana Republic Pearls / Chain Bracelet
F21 Pearls / Chain Necklace
Michael Kors Tortoiseshell Watch
Gucci d'Orsay Pumps, Camel

Over the weekend, I decided to try for a more relaxed look.  Why?  We were going to a dim sum buffet and I can't feel restricted whilst indulging in so much food.  Total glutton, I know.
Old Navy White Maxi Dress
Talbots Yellow Suede Sandals
H&M Gold Braided Belt

Close-up view of the chain print

That's a wordy post for me - must be feeling chatty today.  It's probably all the Thai iced tea I've been drinking.

44 comments:

  1. Oh wow! Your sewing skills never cease to amaze me S! I love both looks! I'm glad you went with sleeves for this blouse. You're right, definitely easier to wear at the office without having to cover up the pretty print with a blazer or a cardigan, but since it's sheer you won't over heat either!

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    1. Aw, thanks Elaine! You are so sweet! I'm so happy I decided to go for sleeves too :)

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  2. Love the blouse, it is soooo gucci inspired! And those white pants look great - not everyone can pull off a white pant! Dim sum buffet?! I'm in heaven just thinking about it. Great blouse!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! White pants are definitely tough - I've gone through so many that haven't looked quite right.

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  3. You know what this fabric would be great for? A scarf :)

    Love, love both of these looks on you. The first has a sophisticated vibe while the second is casual chic. I dress like such a bum when I eat dim sum (can't stand smelly foods on nice clothes). Keep these wordy posts coming!

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    1. Thanks Cee! It would definitely be a great scarf! I didn't even think about dim sum and smell - I don't think this place did? Maybe because it was such a huge space? I do hate the after smell from Subway. It sticks to you for an eternity.

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  4. Amazing blouse. I love the contrast it has with the white pants and skirt. I wish I could sew. Love both looks ...and the Voice :)

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    1. Thanks Patience! It's never too late to learn, hehe :)

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  5. I am in awe of your sewing skills. The blouse looks amazing. I love the blouse paired with the white pant and skirt. Very chic.

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  6. I love it, S! The second look is my favorite. Scarf shirt (I think that's what they called) is very on trend this year. Great DIY as always.

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  7. Great DIY!
    I love your blog dear, keep posting!

    xxx

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  8. I totally agree that this could be a wonderful scarf! Love the pattern of this fabric!!

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  9. ohhh, the wide leg pants looks really good on you. I can never seem to find the right wide leg pants. And I really like the top over the maxi dress- very boho.

    Helen

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    1. Thanks Helen! I lucked out with these pants - they were on super clearance ($6) at LOFT in the petites section. You should check it out sometime :)

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  10. Awesome! Love the print and the fit!

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  11. So pretty! I really like your necklace too :)

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    1. Thanks Annie! I am a fan of F21 for cute jewelry even though they usually don't last long.

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  12. Wow,I love your DIY! They are beautiful!I like it very much. Thank you for sharing it. Now I want to share you some fashionable Abercrombie and Fitch clothes, too. And they are all at affordable prices with good quality. Hope you will like it.
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  13. Wow! Excellent job on the blouse! I love it with the white bottoms!

    Lol! at your "wordy post" comment! :p

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Michelle! :)

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  14. Wow! You just whipped that up?! Here I was so darned proud because I finally managed to repair a 1 inch hole in my cardigan (only just figured out to do it recently).

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    1. Aw, thank you! It took me an eternity to be able to sew straight consistently - baby steps :)

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  15. i love it!!! how cute!!! wow, this is a shirt i'd totally buy.

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    1. Thanks Aubs! That means a lot coming from you :)

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  16. Love both look so much. Your blouse is so classy and somewhat sexy, because it's sheer? I agree Cee, good material for scarf too!

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm so in love with this print :)

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  17. woah, is that really a print?! it looks real. that is soooo cool!

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  18. Amazing blouse!!! love it:)

    Kisses, Lucy!

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  19. I love the fabric. Nice touch w/the gold buttons at the sleeve. :)

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    1. Thanks Gigi! I love my gold buttons! :)

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  20. Hi SewPetiteGal, I love your blog for DIY inspiration. I'm a beginning sewer. I was wondering what pattern you used for this blouse?

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    1. Hi C - thanks for the kind words! I used Butterick B5464, but used sleeves (any long sleeve pattern will do) from a different pattern. I also cut it a little wider since I only wanted buttons at the top rather than all the way down. Hope this helps!

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