I think I should call 2017 the year of the top around here! There was the black and white the pink one, the blue one, the white one – and now this one. I promise you I have been sewing other types of clothing too!
This one is in a gorgeous raisin coloured burgundy-brown – I love this colour! The fabric is a power loomed silk dupion which has a smoother texture than the more rustic hand loomed variety. It was a remnant left over from making some bridesmaids dresses years ago, so it was great to finally use it up:
As I was planning to make a top that I would probably hand wash, I threw the silk in the washing machine to preshrink it. This roughed it up nicely – it dulled the finish and created some extra texture via crinkles! It still retained its crispness which was important for the style I had planned.
Yes – another cropped top! This time I wanted a mid length balloon sleeve, and designed one with a mixture of seaming and pleats to create the fullness.
The dupion works well and has just enough crispness, but I feel like it has become a bit squashed under my jacket! A fabric with a bit more body would stand up better so I’m on the lookout for The Perfect Brocade.
The neckline was the trickiest bit to sew! I tried sewing the binding on three times and each time a pucker formed in the same place. The sort of pucker you would expect to press out, but this fabric was not forgiving:
A brainwave came to me later that the problem point was right on the neck curve, and I could have tried sewing that part in the opposite direction, as due to its weave dupion responds well to directional sewing. I might go back and fix it later.
Na – let’s get real – I won’t ever!
The back is buttoned and I got these gorgeous engraved tagua buttons dyed to match the silk. They’re a little on the big side, but I liked the button too much to let that put me off.
These are the first buttonholes done on my new sewing machine! That is part of the reason I am showing a summer top in the middle of winter, because it has been finished for a while but just needed buttonholes.
(By the way, I’m very excited about my new machine – a blog post is coming one day!)
So – not really much else to say about this top, except I wear it whenever I can. I’m loving all the voluminous sleeves showing and feel the need for a few more – suddenly everything else in my wardrobe seems the wrong proportion! Are you loving big sleeves too?
And do you throw your silk fabric in the washing machine? 😉