Designer Silk Crepe de Chine Long-Sleeve Top

I think I might be the last Mood Sewing Network blogger to make a garment out of Mood’s great Thakoon designer fabrics. Seriously. But, I’d seen a photo of how the designer used this fabric, and I couldn’t get his top out of my mind. That blue solid border wanted to be at the top of a long sleeve top, so of course I had to wait for some cooler weather to use it.

Silk crepe de chine long-sleeved blue tie-dye top made from Thakoon silk bought from Mood Fabrics.

This Thakoon designer fabric is a silk crepe de chine from Mood Fabrics, and it has a neat border of the tie-dye print morphing into a solid blue band. I used silk crepe de chine last month to line my aqua brocade dress, and I’m getting less and less afraid of sewing with it.

Silk crepe de chine long-sleeved blue tie-dye top made from Thakoon silk bought from Mood Fabrics.

Since this fabric is pretty busy, I wanted to use a simple pattern. Finding a slightly fitted simple long sleeve blouse wasn’t easy! After combing through all my patterns and Burda magazines, I went looking through patterns online. This is Butterick 5817, and I had to look at the line drawing to figure out exactly what it was doing. I liked the long darts and slightly shaped center back seam. I could not even think of trying to put a zipper in this thin fabric, so the small slit at the neckline really appealed.

Silk crepe de chine long-sleeved blue tie-dye top made from Thakoon silk bought from Mood Fabrics.
Silk crepe de chine long-sleeved blue tie-dye top made from Thakoon silk bought from Mood Fabrics.
Silk crepe de chine long-sleeved blue tie-dye top made from Thakoon silk bought from Mood Fabrics.

I used a fabric covered button at the back, and interfaced the fabric before making it into a button. Experience has shown these thin fabrics will show the sheen of the metal without interfacing. I made a thread loop to hook around the button. This pattern has cuffs at the end of the long sleeves, which I did cut out. The sleeves turned out to be the perfect length without the cuffs, and I decided I liked it with just a small 5/8″ hem. The neckline was finished with a strip of bias binding. I had to use the print of the fabric here since the blue wasn’t wide enough to fit the entire binding in.

Silk crepe de chine long-sleeved blue tie-dye top made from Thakoon silk bought from Mood Fabrics.

I’ve been seeing lots of silk blouses on the runways lately, and I wanted one too. Goodness knows you can’t find silk anything in mid-priced department stores anymore. I hope to make another silk blouse soon, perhaps with buttons down the front and a collar.

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Comments


  • Lynn Mally
    September 30, 2013

    I love this! I don’t often want to copy the garments I see exactly down to the last detail, but that’s what I want to do with this.

  • Manju
    September 30, 2013

    Simply gorgeous!

    • Amanda S.
      September 30, 2013

      Thank you Manju!

  • carolyn roemer
    September 30, 2013

    The blouse fabric is gorgeous . The workmanship and fit are lovely also. Nice that it is not too dressy. You can wear it anywhere or anytime.

    • Amanda S.
      September 30, 2013

      Thanks Carolyn!

  • Lori
    September 30, 2013

    Very pretty top, great use of the fabric.

  • Elle
    September 30, 2013

    Beautiful!

    • Amanda S.
      September 30, 2013

      Thank you Elle!

  • julie0208
    October 1, 2013

    If all casual clothes were this beautiful, the world would be a better place. Well done!

    • Amanda S.
      October 1, 2013

      Thanks so much Julie!

  • Ginger
    October 1, 2013

    Oooh, really pretty! I love that this is such a casual silhouette in a fun print, but it’s silk! It’s such a luxe twist on basics! Awesome job, dude!

  • Lauren
    October 1, 2013

    Amanda, everything you sew is always so freaking perfect, and this is no exception. I can’t even get over the beautiful little details, like the contrast binding and how you made the border print work with that pattern. Just really gorgeous stuff! You are totally my sewing idol ;)

    • Amanda S.
      October 2, 2013

      Thanks Lauren! You girls always have the nicest stuff to say!

  • oonaballoona
    October 1, 2013

    man, thakoon fabric just suits every pattern in the world!!! i may have to go grab some more… i bet it feels luscious in long sleeves. impeccable as always.

    • Amanda S.
      October 2, 2013

      Yep, kind of like wearing pajamas. Thanks Marci!

  • Amy
    October 2, 2013

    I really like how you’ve used the border here. I’m glad you stuck so close to the designer’s intentions! I can see you getting a lot of wear from this shirt!

  • Sarah Gunn
    October 6, 2013

    Oh wow! I’m ready to cut up my dress and make this top! Great job!

    • Amanda S.
      October 7, 2013

      Haha! Your dress is lovely! Just buy more fabric for a top too. The dress for summer, the blouse for winter. Thanks Sarah!