Added Nov 3, 2011
London, United K...
As I discussed in my post on “pedestal fabrics” , I’ve had a ridiculously gorgeous silver and black chrysanthemum print silk in my stash ever since AllisonC gifted it to me two years ago when I was about to go into hospital.
But I’d brought it out again recently and thought about how I’d best like to wear it and I decided that I love and wear my silk blouses so much (and my birthday blouse in particular!) that I should sew this into a blouse to get the most wear and love out of this “pedestal fabric”!
In this case I chose to use the same pattern as my birthday blouse, Manequim Feb 2011 #158, because it fits great, I love the style, and I knew it worked well with a drapey silk. You know what? I am so happy I took the plunge and cut into this fabric, because I just adore this blouse!
As before, I constructed this entirely with French seams (there’s only four, so it’s not like it adds much more time!) and I finished the neckline and sleeves using my method for a narrow bias edge.
You can really see the inverted triangular shape of this blouse in the side and back views. It’s big and blousy in the top, but skims the hips snugly, which makes it equally great for wearing over jeans or tucked into skirts.
Chrysanthemum-print silk from Hong Kong
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