Designer Silk Chiffon Panel Top

 

Mood Fabrics' Silk Chiffon geometric panel used to sew beautiful flowy top

Spring?  Well, here in the Missouri  it comes and goes, in fact, Mother Nature is being quite stingy with the nice days.  There is a saying here, if you don’t like the weather today in Missouri wait a few days and it will be totally different.  My plan is to be a step ahead of Mother Nature and to be ready for spring.  I ordered this gorgeous Mood Fabrics’ famous designer blue/gray striped geometric silk chiffon panel last month with plans of a flowy top.  This fabric is no longer available but no fear, feast your eyes upon these beautiful Mood Fabrics’ silk chiffon choices or if you want  more of the panel look, Mood Fabrics’ has a great selection of panels.

Mood Fabrics' silk chiffon panel creates a Sutton blouse

 

I went with True Bias Sutton Top for the fabric and I was very pleased with the pattern-fabric match.  The silk chiffon has wonderful drape which is perfect for this pattern.  The instructions do tell you the fit is oversized and I wanted a flowy shirt but not too large.  After reviewing the size chart and finished measurements I went with a size 8.  I wasn’t sure about how many panels to order, so I went with three.  If you look closely at the description on the panels, it will tell you the width and the repeat.

 

Front details of Mood Fabrics' silk chiffon panel for a topi

I took a close look at my yardage before I cut out any of the pieces, I thought the front triangle shape would be a great placement for my waistline.  This was the only area I worked on matching and for a limited repeat I am quite pleased with the front seam.

Front seam of Mood Fabrics' silk chiffon top

 

All the seams are finished with a french seam and True Bias has a great sewalong for this blouse.  I found the chiffon to be delicate to sew but I really enjoyed the entire process, working a bit on this top each evening.  My regular machine was in for repairs and cleaning, so I borrowed my daughter’s machine.  This took a bit of practice on scraps just to adjust to a new machine but the first thing I did was to change the needle to a size 70.

 

The easiest way to get the all the detail photos of the blouse was on my dress form.  Take a look at the yoke, side slits, the bit longer back hem and the pleat.  This fabric is so stunning and really is such a rich color.

Mood Fabrics' silk chiffon panel in a geometric pattern of blues and grays

 

Mood Fabrics' silk chiffon panel for a summer top back view with yoke and pleat Mood Fabrics' silk chiffon panel for a Sutton blouse and close view of side slit

 

A couple other tips, make sure your scissors are sharp when trimming the seams for the french seams, I had to try a couple of pairs to get a nice smooth cut.  Which means I need to get some scissors sharpened, right?  Also, I like to measure against the pattern for the top of the side slit, then measure my fabric, place a pin and then my slits are equal.

Mood Fabrics' silk chiffon panel is gorgeous for a summer blouse, Sutton blouse in this photo

I know this blouse will be well-loved this spring and  summer and the silk chiffon will be wonderful to wear during the hot and humid days of summer.

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Comments


  • Tasha
    March 31, 2015

    You look great! I love the whole outfit. The top looks really really good!

    • Lori
      April 1, 2015

      Thank you, Tasha, the blue is so vibrant, I really love the fabric.

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 31, 2015

    Nice use of the fabric Lori and this color is beautiful on you :)

    • Lori
      April 1, 2015

      thank you, Sarah, I am only going to wear blues and reds, those colors get me so many compliments!!

  • Patty
    March 31, 2015

    I love this!!!! so dreamy…..

    • Lori
      April 1, 2015

      Thank you, Patty, it is dreamy fabric.

  • carolyn roemer
    March 31, 2015

    What a challenge. Just the lay-out must have taken hours. French seams seem to shred if even one thread shows thru the final seam. Sewing in fits and spurts seems to save a lot of frustration. My patience comes in small doses. The blouse looks amazing on you and flows just the way you want, I’m sure.

    • Lori
      April 1, 2015

      Thank you, Carolyn, I haven’t sewn a lot of silk and the slow sewing was great way to make this blouse/fabric.

  • Lauren
    March 31, 2015

    I love what you did with the pattern layout, Lori! This is a beautiful top and really shows off that gorgeous fabric.

    • Lori
      April 1, 2015

      Thank you, Lauren, it is gorgeous fabric and makes a statement, that is for sure.

  • Marilyn Benson
    March 31, 2015

    Perfect for a Missouri summer. Really like the triangle fitting in the front!

    • Lori
      April 1, 2015

      Thanks, Marilyn, it was fun fabric to decide the layout.

  • True Bias
    March 31, 2015

    so pretty. i love the fabric choice. what a great idea for the sutton.

    • Lori
      April 1, 2015

      Thanks so much, great pattern!

  • Peter
    March 31, 2015

    I love how you’ve laid out this pattern, Lori. It’s a beautiful blouse and a gorgeous color on you!

    • Lori
      April 1, 2015

      Thank you so much, Peter, I do love a good blue.

  • Fiona
    April 1, 2015

    O you’ve used that large print so well Lori! Seeing this has given me a kick to finish my Sutton top that I have cut out and ready to sew!

    • Lori
      April 1, 2015

      Thanks, Fiona, it is a fun pattern to make.

  • Sarah Wilson
    April 4, 2015

    Fabulous, love how you planned the fabric placement on the pattern.

    • Lori
      April 6, 2015

      Thank you so much Sarah.

  • Amy
    April 9, 2015

    I just love the colors on this top. And, your pattern placement and matching across the center front seam is just perfect!

    • Lori
      April 13, 2015

      Thank you Amy, it is such gorgeous fabric.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    April 22, 2015

    What a gorgeous colour and clever combination of fabric design and pattern.