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silk top. burda 4/2013. 106/7

Added Apr 30, 2013

by Mary Athey

Antrim, Co Antri...






This is my first go at using a silky fabric and boy is it slippery lol. I got a few end of roll pieces cheap so i looked for a pattern that would suit. I’ve already made the dress of this pattern so i thought i’d give it a try.while its far from.perfect i have to admit to loving it. The black band came about because i cut it to short but i like how it turned out. I’d a day of work and it was lovely and sunny. The town where i live was built around a castle and theres plenty of it left.The grounds are gorgeous so i managed a few photos. The pics are just of the entrance and i’ll get more later.The tropical sewist should like these x

Material Notes

silky blend fabric


Garment Type

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    May 5, 2013, 04.12 PMby heatherrique

    Mary, Mary, Mary, that is one sensational looking top! I adore the print and style on you. This is a stunning photo of you!

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      May 6, 2013, 07.11 AMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much heather. i’d a few days of work and the sun was shining. i spent the day with my mum and she took the photos xx

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    May 5, 2013, 09.57 AMby Super Jeanette

    It’s so cute, Mary! And you’re always lovely on the pics :)

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      May 5, 2013, 11.26 AMby Mary Athey

      thank you sweetie xx

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    May 3, 2013, 10.53 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    the fabric suits this pattern perfectly – the drape is excellent!

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      May 3, 2013, 10.56 AMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much. i’m going to try and get some more photos outside to.morr if its nice. x

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    May 2, 2013, 02.12 PMby Mai-der

    Cute top! I have never sewn with silk, it seems soooo difficult!

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      May 2, 2013, 02.33 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you, i got the fabric really cheap so i thought i’d try it out. i’m not as scared of using it now. the good thing about silky fabrics is how lovely they feel on x

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    May 2, 2013, 12.40 PMby Kovu

    your top looks great Mary! I recently started sewing silky fabrics myself, they can be evil but so comfortable to wear!

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      May 2, 2013, 01.52 PMby Mary Athey

      hank you so much, i’m thinking of making a few more with different patterns for my holidays. the coolness of the silk would be great in hot weather x

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    May 1, 2013, 04.41 PMby Claire Cooper

    Very nice. I have some silk and was thinking about this pattern, but the fabric is rather garish – Not sure i’ll do the dress – but i might try the blouse!

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      May 1, 2013, 06.36 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you, you should try the blouse. why don.’t you add a plain back if the fabric is garish . i bet the fabric would look good in this top though, i find simple lines look better with patterned fabric x

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    May 1, 2013, 03.00 PMby Zsuzso

    Lovely top. Enjoyed the pictures, very nice place. Congrats on sewing with silk. I’m sewing a cotton/poly mix shirt right now, and is slippery but not like silk. I’ve already redone the collar 3 times, also I needed to adjust the neckline to fit better.

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      May 1, 2013, 03.10 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you, i unpicked the neck on this a few times as wwell. i also hurled it across the floor at one point but i managed to finish it. you learn as you go along x

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    May 1, 2013, 01.47 AMby velvetribbon

    Lovely top, Mary. Your place is very beautiful too, it reminds me of our visit to North Portugal.

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      May 1, 2013, 04.54 AMby Mary Athey

      thank you, everyone says irelands si green as it never stops raining lol. well it did yesterday x

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    May 1, 2013, 12.29 AMby Moimisie

    Very cute top Mary… love the pictures. I’m also thinking of doing some quick tops that I can wear on a day out… no castles here…. sigh… so many ideas, so little time

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      May 1, 2013, 04.56 AMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much. i love a quick satisfying project. i’m a gemini so my mind has always ren things on the go st once lol. x

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    May 1, 2013, 12.13 AMby schnui

    Really lovely top Mary. I really like this pattern and I think your addition of the band at the bottom is a great idea. It’s amazing what we can come up with when we make a mistake and don’t want to waste beautiful fabric.

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      May 1, 2013, 04.57 AMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much, the band also stops it from riding up and it sits nicely with jeans x

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    Apr 30, 2013, 10.33 PMby rita61

    Nice! Looks great on you. I like it with the black band. Thanks for the beautiful pictures; I love castles, but none where I live.

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      May 1, 2013, 04.59 AMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much. i hav’nt been round the castle grounds for years either. we get so used to the castle that its easy to forget how beautiful whete i live is. the nect nice day i,’m going through the grounds down to lough neigh to get more photos. x

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    Apr 30, 2013, 10.20 PMby Mary Athey

    the last photos of my beautiful mum, she took all the photos bless her and did a smashing job. she said mary i’ve taken about fifty so you should get one or two nice ones lol. x

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    Apr 30, 2013, 10.07 PMby sleepy-dumpling

    Such a pretty top! I imagine it would look equally gorgeous as an evening piece. I really like the fabric print. Have you tried a walking foot for for this kind of fabric? ( I’ve just bought one in the hope that it will make working with this kind of fabric easier). The photos are awesome! x

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      Apr 30, 2013, 10.15 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much for your lovely comment.I must check out what a walking foot looks like as i use vintage machines and they have lots of attachments with them. I Just pinned the pleats instead of tacking them first as i wanted it made quick lol. next time i’ll spend more time on the top x

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    Apr 30, 2013, 09.02 PMby Debbie Alli

    Hi Mary, Your new top is just gorgeous! It looks really great on you and congrats on conquering slippery fabric – it’s not easy is it? Great photos too :) x

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      Apr 30, 2013, 09.10 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks debbie, its lovely to get some not bad photos. where i live is really pretty especially when the sun shines lol. everywhere is very green with all the rain we get. this is a really good pattern. i was scared to sew a silky fabric but now i’ve done an ok job on this i’ll make some more x

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    Apr 30, 2013, 08.33 PMby KristinaBerisha

    great job. i see that the spring is here bacause patterns are just coming . I adoer silk. It feels great on the skin.

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      Apr 30, 2013, 08.39 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks kristina, yes i agree with you about the silk, it feel’s so light and cool on the skin. i’m definatly making a few more tops with silk x

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    Apr 30, 2013, 07.38 PMby Mary P.

    lovely top, beautiful and interesting place!!!

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      Apr 30, 2013, 07.55 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks mary, the grounds round the castle are really lovely. the front castle gates very impressive but the council where working on the road outside it so i’ll photograph it another day. the tops really easy to wear as well so i’ll be making more x

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    Apr 30, 2013, 07.03 PMby kisses

    Lovely top Mary….the print is fabulous. The photos are nice and I see you have sun now.

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      Apr 30, 2013, 07.30 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks kisses, it gives rain for to.morr but i’m back to work anyway.lol. we have beautiful scenary here so next time its nice i’m taking a few me made things and get good photos. the tops lovely and cool on so i’ll make afew more x

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    Apr 30, 2013, 06.22 PMby liliv-1

    Great top and even greater photos Mary! I envy you for living in such a lovely place!

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      Apr 30, 2013, 06.36 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks liliv, it was a lovely day. We have gorgeous scenary here, it just normally rains lol x

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