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A Plane Top

Added Aug 9, 2010

by saxsilverain

Espoo, Finland






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!

Material Notes

1m of flowy silk fabric,
1m of silk chiffon




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Other
Chiffon, Silk


Stylish Dress Book by Yoshiko Tsukiori


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