My Mood in August: Just Add a Bow

Silk Jersey Top

After a time intensive make like my mom’s dress, I wanted something quick and easy. What better than a Sewaholic Renfrew with a twist in a silk jersey that I received from Mood. Sadly, I can’t find the fabric online anymore. I blame Goodbye Valentino and her gorgeous dress: how could her readers not buy up the rest of this fabric already?

Silk Jersey Top

The twist is the bow I added to the neckline to fancy up this basic T. Now you see it:

Silk Jersey Top

Now you don’t:

Silk Jersey Top

I got the idea from The Sew Convert‘s Jason Wu Bow Dress. I cut the V neck Renfrew, tripling the width of the neck band to make a mini cowl. I then cut out a long strip of fabric (about twice the length from my elbow to my fingertips) for the bow. When I sewed the neckband onto the top, I put the seam at center back and left a small hole at center front. For the bow I stitched down all three sides, leaving a hole just wide enough for me to turn the tube right side out. After turning the tube and making sure all of the corners were crisp, I slip stitched the hole closed. I can wear the shirt as is with a subtle cowl or slip the band through when I feel like a bow.

I just love the uninterrupted inkblot print on the back.

Silk Jersey Top

Best of all, this shirt was made entirely on my serger. Well, almost. I topstitched the neckline with the zigzag stitch on my machine.

Silk Jersey Top

And, because I was not going to waste a bit of this heavenly fabric, I used the rest to make a shirt for my sister-in-law.

Silk Jersey Top

I wanted to make her the full cowl, but I’d forgotten just how much fabric it requires. I had to really piece the cowl neckband together to get it to work, adding side seams along with the center back seam and piecing one of the back sections after an unfortunate cut. But, I am glad I was able to make it work because I just love the drape of the silk jersey cowl.

Silk Jersey Top

I had such little fabric left over at the end that I wasn’t even able to make the full size cuffs for the sleeves. But, again, I don’t mind the change.

Silk Jersey Top

All in all I couldn’t be happier with these two shirts. Now on to another time consuming sewing project made from stripes and spots…

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  • Mood Sewing Network
    September 17, 2012

    Amy, you picked one of my favorite silk jersey prints. This gorgeous blouse reminds me of DVF…

    • Amy
      September 20, 2012

      Wow! What a compliment! Thank you so much!

  • JENNIFER
    September 18, 2012

    Amy I just came across this site, through Erica B and I have to tell you how beautiful your top is!!!! I love the choice of fabric and print your chose. I will definitely be making one of these tops.

    • Amy
      September 20, 2012

      Definitely do. The bow modification was simple, and the silk jersey is unbelievable. If only every T were this fancy…

  • Wanett
    September 20, 2012

    Incredible what you’ve done here with a basic top!! I love the print and the bow detail is genius!

  • Betsy
    September 30, 2012

    Looks fabulous!

  • Betsy
    September 30, 2012

    Did I miss the pattern number?

  • Candice R
    October 4, 2012

    This fabric is wonderful! My personal preference is without the bow; but I’m just not a bow person! It’s a beautiful blouse – either way!