A Silk Crepe De Chine Topper

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | anna sui silk crepe de chine vest

HIYA. How do you like my whatchamacallit?

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | anna sui silk crepe de chine vest

It was meant to be a button down dress….

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | anna sui silk crepe de chine vest

But then I felt so Bohemian when fitting to mark for buttons, I decided to cinch the waist in a bit more and leave it as a…topper? Sleeveless kimono? Maxi vest?

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | anna sui silk crepe de chine vest

MAXI VEST. LET’S GO WITH MAXI VEST.

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | anna sui silk crepe de chine vest

Let’s also say, that much like my self imposed ban on jersey, imma haveta turn my back on the Sui for awhile. Yep, you guessed it, this is MORE Anna Sui, and it marks the fifth MSN project in which I’ve used that designer’s sumptuous textiles. As usual, I wasn’t looking for her, but I found her anyways in this silk crepe de chine, in store. (For those who are out of store range and ban-less, I’m pretty sure this floral, polka dotted beauty is Sui. Yummmmmmmm.)

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | anna sui silk crepe de chine vest

This is a riff on a vintage blouse pattern. I just lengthened the pieces, and took the 8 pleats in a bit more than drafted.

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | anna sui silk crepe de chine vest

It’s so much fun to reassemble border prints, like a jigsaw puzzle. How was the print configured before cutting? No clue! I think I used the border for the facing.

Although the color palette isn’t really me, I couldn’t walk away from the opportunity to play with it. And the fact that it’s CDC sealed the deal. I love working with CDC as much as I adore rayon challis. In my mind, they’re equals, in terms of ease of use and delightful hand. It’s just not delighting my eye. Surprisingly, it’s not so much the black as it is the green and blue hues.

oonaballoona | mood sewing network | anna sui silk crepe de chine vest

I think this whatchamacallit is destined for another, though I must say it was fun to feel it floating about me for the brief shoot! And it feels good to be at the point in my sewing where not only am I able to give a handmade gift, I’m able to feel good about the stitching of it, too. In fact, I think it makes it easier to give–know what I mean?

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Comments


  • Karen
    November 18, 2015

    You always find such amazing prints and use them in such interesting ways. The style of this (I call it a maxi vest too) is so similar to a maxi vest I made back in the early 70′s and it garnered such love! Just yesterday I was toying with the idea of making another one – same wavelength girlfriend!

  • Lizzy
    November 19, 2015

    OMG I love this… In fact I’ve been hankering for something EXACTLY like this! So you know… if it ever needs a new home… it would be gorgeous beachside in Australia!

  • Sallie
    November 19, 2015

    you’re amazing, as always! i love the magic you can wrought with a good print – border prints usually make any creativity i possess run screaming for the hills! so am in double awe of how you jigsawed this magical fabric together. while i think you look stupidly awesome in your maxi vest, i also get it when a piece just isn’t shouting to you. i hope this watchamacallit finds a good home!! it certainly deserves it!

  • Peter
    November 19, 2015

    Love that print! This maxi vest looks like something Phyllis would have worn on the old Mary Tyler Moore show — totally groovy and chic!

  • Lori
    November 19, 2015

    This is so fun and cool. I love the way it looks on you, great job as always.

  • Fiona
    November 20, 2015

    And the queen of print placement strikes again! You’ve absolutely made the most out of that border print and made me laugh with your post to boot. I don’t think you should give up the Sui…suits you too perfectly!

  • bbz
    November 20, 2015

    You have a wizardly eye for pattern placement. I think this garment would be welcome to many women: just the thing to dress up a top and trousers or transform a plain dress.

  • Becky
    November 21, 2015

    Gorgeous! I love what you did with the print in back.

  • Cennetta
    November 30, 2015

    You find the most interesting fabrics. Super cute maxi vest.

  • Sarah Gunn
    December 2, 2015

    Well, I just want to drop what I’m doing and make a topper! Great garment you made :)