Added Aug 9, 2010
last spring i saw a super-cute airplane silk fabric. it was one of those special offer fabrics that costed 5.90€/m, i just had to buy a meter of it.
had no idea what i was going to make from it, but airplanes are my husband’s fave, and since i just made him a buttoned-up shirt with airplane pattern on it, i thought i’d make a match for it, something girly and cute.
on another account, i laid my hands on a super nice polkadot chiffon fabric and i suspected it’s actually silk.
when i went home after buying this fabric, i tried combining it with the plane fabric…and it worked!
flipped through my stacks and stacks of patterns, books, and magazines, and finally found something that caught my eyes: from the Stylish Dress book, the W pattern. (see last picture)
it was my first time sewing real silk, and of course it’s not the easiest fabric to handle in the world if you’re only a beginner. but nonetheless, i finally managed to finish it, with a mild improvisation: leaving the edges of the sleeves and neckline undone.
when it was done, i put it on my dummy…and it looked like a sad potato sack with a cute print. i was a bit sad..but then i accidentaly flipped the sleeves to the back and got an idea..or two.
the first 2 pictures show how the top is supposed to be worn according to the Stylish Dress book.
on the 3rd and 4th pictures, i let the bottom part loose, making it look more like a tunic, and flipped the sleeves to the back, to create a cape-like effect.
and the 5th and 6th pictures, i flipped the sleeves to the front, so it looked like i had on a vest over the top part. oh, and i tried putting a belt on it, and still let the bottom part loose.
it turned out to be such a fun top, i’m loving it more and more now!
1m of flowy silk fabric,
1m of silk chiffon
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