A not-so basic black top

One of my makes this winter was this top:

It is always nice to clear some stash, and for this project I managed to use up some black merino fine rib of that quality that was ubiquitous about 15 years ago, and some black silk satin leftover from a Ruby Slip that has since died.

I totally just wanted to copy this Dion Lee top, but not only do I have a thing against copying directly, I wanted to make it more everyday/work appropriate. The lower end of the keyhole needed to be raised and the amount of shiny satin reduced, and that’s how I came up with my option.

This merino rib has ‘grown’.  The top feels looser overall – which I’m OK with, the annoying bit is that I planned the lower edge of the satin to sit on the bustline (there is bust shaping incorporated into this seam) and it actually now lies about 1cm lower.  I guess most people won’t notice!

If you look closely you can see I bound the edges of the keyhole in satin too. Initially I planned on double folding this edge, but it stretched and no matter what I did I couldn’t get my stitching to look straight so after precariously unpicking a couple of times I reverted to plan B.  One of my favourite details are the cuffs.

The top has been in regular rotation this winter, it is comfortable and goes with most things. Care is required with underwear though – that satin strip above the bustline shows every lump and bump right down to the seams on your bra!

I seem to be going through a black phase again, with a few black works in progress.  For me it is a wardrobe essential, although I admit it isn’t the most flattering colour next to the face when you get a bit older.  And it is tricky to photograph when you come to blog about it!

Are you a black fan too?

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