Added Aug 6, 2011
As soon as I saw this silk I fell in love with it. I got the last bit off the roll and got it for a fantastic price. I just kept on stroking it and every time I touched it I wept because of it’s beauty. I spent a long time deciding which pattern to make. I wanted something with a bow and something with few seams and when I found the Burda 10/2010 Tie-front blouse #118B here on BurdaStyle I knew it was the one.
I spent a lot of time researching how to sew with silk. I did a muslin just so I knew what was involved with the pattern, if it would fit (I ended up making a 38 – originally I was thinking 40) and if I could manage french seams on the sleeves, what type of cuff and sleeve to put on (I wanted long sleeves). I pinched my all time fav sleeves from McCalls 5179. I tried to do a continuous bound sleeve placket on them. I practiced and practiced (see the excellent tutorial I used below in the “credit section”) but on the real thing it didn’t work. The fabric just frayed into oblivion. I have small hands so I just did a bias cuff trim. It meant I lost 8 cms off the sleeve but they are still quite long. I narrowed and shorted the tie.
The fabric was the pleasure – this colour is beautiful, the silk is heavenly to touch but it was a real pain to sew – even after doing all my research on the net. I think it looks nice despite all the pain and everyone commented how nice it was. I made it for a wedding.
Silk charmeuse with silk organza as interfacing on tie.
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