I am not usually the silk blouse type. But when I saw this incredible silk charmeuse on Goldhawk Road I could not pass it by --
You may recognise it... have a look at the top of the page (I had to immortalise its greatness somehow)! It is a Marmite fabric, I will admit: you either think it's wonderful in its audacity and over-the-topness, or you think it's utterly vile. I am in the first camp.
Now, if I were still a lucky student with May balls to go to after my exams this would definitely have been transformed into a full-length, jaw-dropping, OMG-is-she-really-wearing-that?! dress. Instead however, I decided to make a sleeveless blouse with a cowl front to show off the beautiful softly draping quality of the fabric.
|Paired with what a friend refers to as my butcher's skirt.|
No animals were harmed in the wearing of this skirt.
|Side seam detail: French seams and inner facing|
I made a deep facing inside the top so that when the cowl drapes you can't see the back of the fabric. It also gives the cowl a little more body so it sits better. I used a facing on the back too so that when the shoulders are pushed back--because this is definitely a top for good posture!--there is no naff back of the fabric on show. A facing at the back solved the problem of how to finish the curved neckline. I was reluctant to use bias binding to cover the raw edge as it would have made the pattern look fussy at the top and I didn't want to do a bias binding facing as I didn't want any stitching visible on the outside.
|View of front inside facing|
|View of back inside facing. The back has two tiny darts at the armhole on the top and the facing.|
I managed to avoid fitting a zip (which would be bulky on this delicate fabric) as the cowl leaves enough wiggle room to pull it over the shoulders. The top looks great tucked in but is a little baggy otherwise. If I were to make this project again I think I would make the cowl slightly less roomy and make the tummy area more fitted, and I would acquiesce to fitting a zip in the side seam. But for now, I am very pleased with my continental spectacle (these images don't show it but there's a Monet's water lilies-esque section on another part of the print as well as the Italian cherubs). I just wish all my whole wardrobe had such a sense of decadence, as well as such a sense of humour, as this top.
That's all for now folks!