a finished top + new travels ahead

toronto top1toronto top4toronto top3toronto top5Simplicty pattern #1694, version E.
French seams on chiffon are definitely the way to go!

I’ve been trying to focus for seriously the past hour on giving the dirty details on the makings of this shirt. My mind is totally elsewhere though.


So so many loose ends to take care of since I’ll be there for about two weeks. Already starting to pack since I’m only taking carry-on luggage with me. I must not forget to get my rent and other stupid bills together before I go. I would totally worry about my plants, but since they already died about two months ago (R.I.P.) that’s one less thing to take care of. I’m kinda freaking out about my HAIR because I totally can’t be bothered with all that while I’m there. But I’m going to the local Beauty Supply tomorrow to buy some hair weave [sigh] and attempt to do this style on myself in the next few days….

For better or worse, I’ll show pics before I go. NOT excited about doing this either. Last time I had any type of braids in my hair was….middle school? Wayyyy long ago. And I totally didn’t put them in myself – No Way! But thanks to YouTube, I think I gots this *cracking knuckles*

But seriously, let’s talk a moment about this shirt.

  • Simplicity pattern #1694 is an easy project that could technically be finished in a single day. It took me longer, of course. I tend to take lots of Instagram stalking and looking-in-the-refrigerator-for-what-I-don’t-know breaks. But it makes for a simple flowy shirt. Be forewarned it’s a loose, boxy cut. Not form hugging or acquainting much at all!
  • This is the fabric I just purchased in Toronto on my last trip. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough fabric to finish, hence the bright pink satin-y piece I placed in the back. I think it’s a nice contrast though + I’m in love with the single center-back pleat!
  • First time working with chiffon fabric. Naturally, I was scared. BUT Oona and Miesha left some helpful tips in the comments of the previous post – SO VERY HELPFUL!! Thanks ladies!
  • I secretly wanted to make a quick and easy project to wear for my trip. Now that I’m finished though, I’m not sure that I’ll be taking it. However, my Rainbow Brite plaid/chambray shirt is sooooo coming with me!

Definitely more before I go. Have a great weekend!


  1. Love this top! Look at you, making all this shit! Maaaan, I am so jell of you going to Japan. That’s going to be so amazing. Can’t wait to see the pix/hear the recap.

  2. Great job! I like the contrast of the pink panel in the back and the purple binding on the sleeves. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think that style of braids would be cute.


  3. That is beautiful! I love it! Cute style of braids to so you don’t have to worry about your hair. Can’t wait until we both get back from our respective trips, and share all the details. Then I will have more time to get back to my blog and sew.

  4. Japan! What!!??? I hope you have a blast there. How long will you be away?
    Needless to say, the shirt is FAB-u-lous! You got that seamstress thing down pat!
    And about the twists, you can totally do them. I finally got it down this summer, thanks to YouTube. I started with the invisible knot like for the Havana Twists, but then I changed and decided to start with a baby plait and do the Senegalese style twists all the way down. I enjoyed it!

  5. you’re welcome, and that shirt and your hair look magnificent!! i hope you’re planning on some fabric shopping in japan…..

  6. This is so cute! I just wanted to let you know I made the same top and wrote a blog post about it. I linked to your page also. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you want to check it out, here’s the post! https://kmcrafted.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/simplicity-1694-tank-top/

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