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Ray-of-Sunshine Top

Added Dec 16, 2009

by dare

London, United K...






This Sunshine blouse is made of some gold silk I got in India and a pattern I drafted myself. I’m quite proud as this is the first pattern I’ve drafted completely on my own with my own idea of how I wanted it.

I’m especially proud of the finish of the bias binding around the neck and key-hole. It came out sooo smooth! The top side is all hand finished. Wherever isn’t bound is all french seams.

I had intended puffier sleeves but didn’t get all the fullness intended into the pattern. Its pretty good though. There is some elastic in the sleeve cuffs to hold the crinkle – its very light fabric.

There is an invisible zip under the arm however I have (re)learned that my shoulders are wider then my bust, so the zip does nothing to help me get in and out of the top. I feel like a fish in a net getting it on and off, but its not impossible.

Thanks to Redoubt for her bias binding tutorial!

Material Notes

Soft silk from India.



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Garment Type
Business, Classic, Evening Wear, Ethnic

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    Dec 17, 2009, 06.25 AMby galatina

    You’ve done such a good job. I really like the sleeves too – they were the first thing I noticed in the thumbnail.

  • Missing

    Dec 17, 2009, 05.28 AMby joanrobinson

    Beautiful work!

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.12 AMby scheryka

    I like your blouse. It is well made and the keyhole is great! I like that the shape is not the traditional O, but it have a sort of diamondy shape. Is the hem asymmetrical? Very well thought out. I like it. Can we have a pattern?

  • Emilykate_large

    Dec 16, 2009, 08.50 PMby emilykate

    I LOVE IT! You did a PERFECT job with the binding. I would love to make something like this if you decide to share the pattern. The shape is lovely.

  • Toutetoutepatate_large

    Dec 16, 2009, 05.58 PMby chichil

    I like the design and fabric choice, it’s a beautiful top!

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