4-Ply Silk and Cotton Brocade Paneled Top

4-ply silk and brocade top

Note: This blog post originally appeared on the Mood Sewciety blog, but I wanted to share it here as well.

The genesis for my latest Mood Fabrics top was an article I saw on Style.com in July about how this shade of caramel was so hot. I immediately ran upstairs to the silk department at Mood NYC, searching through bolt after bolt until I found this lovely 4-ply silk in the perfect shade. (Have you ever worn or sewn 4-ply silk? It’s a winner on both fronts, and so addictive you’ll be drooling for an entire wardrobe of 4-ply tops and pants.)

Originally I thought I’d make just a basic collared silk shirt, but then my mind wandered…and I ended up pairing this gray patterned brocade with it. (See, this is what happens when you work in a fabric store like Mood. You can’t just be happy with one scoop any more, it has to be banana splits all the time.) I think they work well together here in this top; what do you think?

Fabrics used:
Caramel silk: I can’t swear this online 4-ply silk crepe is exactly the same color as my silk, but it’s close.
Gray and copper brocade: How cool! We have the exact cotton-blend French brocade I found in the NYC store online at MoodFabrics.com. I love when that happens!
4-ply silk and brocade top
For a pattern I used Vogue 8786, which is actually a dress pattern but I never let things like that stop me. I made a muslin first, and I’m glad I did because the shoulders were huge on me despite the fact that I have broad shoulders. I eliminated the center-back seam for the lower bodice but kept it for the neckline area. Truth be told, the neckline is wide enough that most people can omit the zipper and back seam completely and just pop this top over their heads. I instead chose to set off the zipper area with two bands of the brocade.
4-ply silk and brocade top
I self-lined the upper bodice so I wouldn’t have to use an ugly facing. Seams were finished by pressing open, then stitching and pinking the seam allowances (hand overcasting the armscye seam).

Sorry for all the wrinkles showing in the photos above. I wore this top to work on Tuesday when I took these photos, and I couldn’t find Mood’s steamer for a quick de-wrinkling before my photo shoot. But you can see that one of the nice things about 4-ply is that it really doesn’t wrinkle that much. (And it feels like heaven to wear!)

When I wore this top, I paired it with my black ankle pants and high-heeled leather sandals that are the same shade as the silk. Plus a big gold necklace. It also works well with jeans.

Next up: A silk “sweatshirt” using this Milly top as inspiration. Whatcha making?!

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Comments


  • Manju
    September 12, 2013

    That is one gorgeous top and a great interpretation of that pattern! I wish I lived near Mood… :-)

    • Mood Sewing Network
      September 13, 2013

      We wish you lived close too, but you can shop online at MoodFabrics.com!

  • Lori
    September 12, 2013

    This is just a gorgeous top, thanks for the inspiration. I am working on a Mood Fabrics’ plaid cotton voile shirt (fabric is Marc Jacobs).

  • crystalpleats
    September 12, 2013

    I love a make that has me considering a pattern I’ve passed over before. I especially like the contrast at the zipper.

  • Amy
    September 12, 2013

    Gorgeous! I love the color of the silk, and the accent fabric really takes the whole thing to a new level.

  • Sarah Gunn
    September 12, 2013

    Great fabric combo! I especially like the fabric placement in the back!

  • oonaballoona
    September 13, 2013

    oooh i bet those colors are delicious on you. i love that highlighted yip!

  • oonaballoona
    September 13, 2013

    ha. ZIP.

    • Mood Sewing Network
      September 13, 2013

      Yeah, I love a highlighted yip too.

  • Ginger
    September 14, 2013

    Oooh, this is very cool! I love the brocade combined with the solid– lovely work!