Dark olive cowl-neck silk blouse

Here’s the latest installment for my silk blouse collection, this time with short sleeves. The fabric is a lovely dark olive silk charmeuse – now sold out – but Mood has lots of other prints and colorways. To add interest I used the shiny side for the front and the matte side for the back, back collar and sleeves.

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The pattern is Vogue 9006, view B. I made a straight size 12 and cut 2″ off the hemline of the pattern pieces before cutting out my fabric. The back and back collar were cut on the straight grain instead of bias, just because I wasn’t sure how it would hang with a bias back. Obviously the front needed bias to get a nice cowl drape.

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I washed and dried this fabric before cutting into it. Silk charmeuse does look it’s best when dry cleaned, I’ve found, but this girl does not dry clean on the regular. Lined and tailored dresses and skirts, yes. Everyday blouses, no.

I found that this pattern has a lovely fitted shape for a pull on design. There are no zippers or buttons but look how nicely it contours to my dressform. I will definitely be using this pattern again.

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I starched the bias front along the top, bottom and arm holes before attempting to stitch it. This is an old trick of mine when dealing with bias garments. As long as you plan to wash your finished item, it’s a great way to make sure the seams don’t stretch out while you work with them.

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I turned under the cowl facing once and stitched to give it a nice finish. Everything else was sewn with french seams, as I do all my silk blouses. The hems are machine blind-stitched.

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This was a simple and fun blouse to stitch up. I have hardly any green in my closet and I thought this color perfect for fall. I also ordered a wool tweed in olive to make a matching skirt, but that will have to wait until I can muslin it to my body.

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Comments


  • Manju
    October 7, 2014

    Looks pretty. Hope the delivery goes smoothly and we get to see you modelling this with the skirt sometime.

  • Renee
    October 7, 2014

    Lovely. And, why am I chuckling at you saying “on the regular”? . But, it was so charming!

  • Mary Beth
    October 7, 2014

    I like the confidence you have about bouncing back to your pre-baby figure…and this is baby no. 3?? Yowza. You’re inspiration for a thousand sewing bloggers.

    • This is actually baby number 4. I nurse all my babies for the first year, and that pretty much sucks all the pregnancy weight away. Also, having a bunch of clothing in my closet that I’ve spent tons of hours making is great motivation.

  • Peter
    October 7, 2014

    Beautifully done and very luxurious looking. LOVE that color btw.

  • Lori
    October 7, 2014

    Beautiful top and such lovely fabric.

  • Sarah Gunn
    October 7, 2014

    Lovely top! Look forward to seeing you back in your lovely garments :)

    • You and me both, Sarah. I am SO TIRED of my maternity clothes. I can not wait to put them all away and wear some pretty silks.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    October 9, 2014

    Beautifully finished – and such a wearable colour – I only recently discovered olive green and I’ve wondered how I survived this long without it in my wardrobe!

  • Ginger
    October 10, 2014

    Ooh, this is such a great color for you! Thinking of you as you approach your due date!

    • Amanda S.
      October 12, 2014

      Thanks Ginger! The due date has come and gone… Those are always a big joke around here because my babies are ALWAYS late. Big sigh. Hopefully sometime this week.

  • Fiona
    October 12, 2014

    So beautiful Amanda. I’m a bit scared of charmeuse at the moment but perhaps I need to bite the bullet and give it a try! I love the unusual green colour you chose and your lovely neat finishing

    • Amanda S.
      October 12, 2014

      Thank you Fiona! Silk charmeuse is a slippery little devil, and this one faded a bit more then expected. Silk crepes and georgettes are much more preferred by me, but I do love the shiny/dull texture of the charmeuse.

  • Cennetta
    October 14, 2014

    Lovely blouse, Amanda. I simply love seeing all the details of your work. Beautifully made.

    • Amanda S.
      October 15, 2014

      Thank you Cennetta!

  • Melanie
    October 19, 2014

    You are such a great inspiration to me…! Your sewing is impeccable and I love that you show all the details which makes me want to become a sewer like you. Good luck on your delivery and look forward to seeing more garments from you soon. Thanks…!

    • Amanda S.
      October 23, 2014

      Thank you Melanie!