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Silk Batwing Top

Added Apr 29, 2014

by slmnstyle

Portland, Oregon...






I made this loose fitting batwing kimono top from McCall’s 6510 sewing pattern. I made view B with the inverted pleat on the front. I used some narrow leather trim for the neckline and made french seams for the shoulder seam. Easy pattern to make with only two pattern pieces. The challenging part was working with the slippery silk material. With slow and careful sewing I powered through it in about 4 hours.

More on my blog OdetoSew.com: http://odetosew.com/2014/04/27/silk-kimono-top/

Material Notes

silk charmeuse,
leather trim




Garment Type
Bohemian, Romantic
Leather/Fur, Silk

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  • Jackdesk_large

    Apr 29, 2014, 01.08 PMby Cleetus

    You did a really nice job on the neckline.That is really accurate sewing. The silk seems to have a really nice hand.

    Also, I agree with Mokara; Hand basting gives the most accurate seams, especially for armscyes. I use breakable cotton basting thread:


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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Apr 29, 2014, 03.08 PMby slmnstyle

      Thank you Cleetus! I really should hand baste more often, I have some nice silk thread that is great for doing the task as it is strong, but it slips out so easily when removing.

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    Apr 29, 2014, 08.12 AMby liliv-1

    very nice style and I like the luxurious fabric and the leather detail

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Apr 29, 2014, 03.07 PMby slmnstyle

      Thank you liliv-1! I did try to find the nicest silk the store had. It feels like a dream to wear!

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    Apr 29, 2014, 06.29 AMby maggieg5

    nice shape and fall with the pleat in the front. Love the detail of the leather trim, you look great :0)

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Apr 29, 2014, 03.05 PMby slmnstyle

      Thank you Maggieg5!

  • Charlie-deeshadows1_large

    Apr 29, 2014, 05.20 AMby smallone

    wow wonderful love love love the neckline!!

    next time with a slippery fabric – try spray starch. Colette has a good tutorial. i made a similar top with a stretch slippery silk …worked wonders both for cutting and sewing.

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Apr 29, 2014, 03.05 PMby slmnstyle

      I have never used spray starch as I sew. Thanks for the tip! Does the starch leave a residue or stain on the fabric at all?

    • Charlie-deeshadows1_large

      May 17, 2014, 06.20 AMby smallone

      i made a similar silk satin/ chamueuse top in red that I’ve actually never posted (should do that). i sprayed it all over before cutting …and it simply washed out…though you should prob test a scrap first. Sullivan’s Fabric Stabilizer is the brand …could only find it online.

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    Apr 29, 2014, 05.15 AMby Mary Athey

    This is gorgeous on you, i love the leather trim. Fabulous top x

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    Apr 29, 2014, 04.48 AMby Alisa Sibrova

    Very well executed! Love the style! And… I also love to work with silks, but boy it can be so exhausting!

  • Rita_for_burdastyle_photo_large

    Apr 29, 2014, 02.39 AMby rita61

    Great top! You did a good job of ‘copying’. Looks nice on you. Glad to see this made up, as now I know I will make it, as I have pulled the pattern out of my stash several times, but I keep putting it back.

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Apr 29, 2014, 04.04 AMby slmnstyle

      Thank you Rita! I also have had this pattern, and similar ones, in my ever-growing pattern stash for a couple of years. It was just perfect to recreate the look I was going for. You should try it too!

  • St_patty_90x90_large

    Apr 29, 2014, 02.12 AMby Mokara

    I love the leather detail, very pretty blouse. Did you use a tissue paper for sewing? It always helps make it less slippery. Oh, and I love your shoes :)

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    • Swirlblouse1_large

      Apr 29, 2014, 02.32 AMby slmnstyle

      Thanks Mokara! I did not use tissue paper while cutting out or sewing, The most difficult part of this top to sew, at least for me, was the seam that makes the sleeve opening. It was very difficult to get the front and back of the top to lay evenly together and sew a symmetric and evenly angled line while sewing the front to the back. I marked the line with chalk, but it still was very difficult to sew. Next time, I may use tissue paper and hand baste the sewing lines to make it a bit easier..

    • St_patty_90x90_large

      Apr 29, 2014, 05.16 AMby Mokara

      Hand basting is a great idea, although time consuming, but I almost always hand baste.

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