Red Silk Blouse – Perfect for the Holidays

Fabric and Pattern,  very important parts of constructing a garment, right?  Well, I had the perfect combination of fabric and pattern right in front of me and I kept missing it!  I purchased  Mood Fabrics’ red polka dot silk by Donna Karan and I just kept touching it and touching it.  I had purchased Vogue 1387 after seeing Erica’s gorgeous sleeveless blouse.  Then I had one of those light bulb moments – the long sleeve blouse from Vogue 1387 and the red silk would be a perfect combination.  This red polka dot silk is sold out but Mood Fabrics has a great silk  selection and more specifically Crepe De Chine (one of the recommended fabrics on the pattern envelope)

 

Mood Fabrics' silk blouse using Vogue 1387

 

Spinning around does make the front of the blouse stick out!

 

The construction on this blouse is a bit tricky, with the curved yoke, bias strip and the pleated front.  I tried to remember to take one step at a time and really read the directions. Do take note of the front yoke piece, the curve for the sleeve and the curve for the yoke are a bit similar so make sure have the yoke in the correct position before sewing.  Yes, ask me how I know this!

Here is a close up of the yoke and the bias strip, which is  a nice design feature and it does make it easier to join all these curved pieces.  On the next blouse, I might use the yoke facing piece and eliminate the bias strip.  Using the yoke facing for the front yoke would keep from breaking up a beautiful print with the small bias strip.

yoke

 

I did use a technique called “burrito-style” for a inside clean finish with the yokes and the shoulder seams.  You can search that term and find many tutorials or here is one that will help with this method.

 

 

I am so thrilled with my sleeve placket, the first one I have sewn in a very long time.

mood fabrics' silk blouse - cuff

 

Do you see  there are no buttons?  The cuffs and front placket of the blouse use snaps for a closure, something a bit unique  but you could sew buttonholes and attach buttons too.  I liked the simplicity of no buttonholes on this blouse and the gorgeous fabric.

mood fabrics' silk blouse - vogue 1387 - front

I added 1″ to the sleeves and the body of the blouse, my usual change.   This blouse has a shirttail hem design and the back is just a bit longer than the front.  My red polka dot silk does have a right and wrong side but the difference is minimal so the longer back hem isn’t an issue.  A look a the right and wrong side of the fabric for this feature might be something to consider.

The back drapes so nicely and this silk fabric is so perfect for the pleats and the cut of the shirt, plus if feels incredible.

http://www.sewmaris.com/sew-alongs/grainline-archer-sew-along-attaching-the-yokes-burrito-style

 

That is it for this beautiful red silk blouse, the snow started to come down and I was just getting cold

 

Mood Fabrics' SIlk Blouse - Vogue 1387

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Comments


  • Kate
    November 19, 2014

    I love the fabric and this blouse….I may have to put them both on my list!

    • Lori
      November 20, 2014

      Thank you, Kate, the blouse really makes up beautifully.

  • ME Pendleton
    November 19, 2014

    It’s very pretty Lori, did you use a special needle to sew the silk or silk thread ?
    Really ,really nice job as usual

    • Lori
      November 20, 2014

      I used an Universal 80 needle and regular sewing thread. This silk had a bit of substance to it, not thin at all. It was just a bit slippery to work with so I did quite a bit of basting with the placket. Thanks so much.

  • debbie
    November 19, 2014

    Spots and silk – you don’t get more perfect than that. It looks lovely – beautiful fit as always. It’s a really pretty style too. I think it will be perfect for Christmas parties!

    • Lori
      November 20, 2014

      Thanks, Debbie, I am really happy with my blouse and very happy I am so early on making something for the holidays!

  • tanyamaile
    November 19, 2014

    Absolutely gorgeous! That fabric pairs so well with the pattern.

    • Lori
      November 20, 2014

      Thanks Tanya, I was very pleased with the pairing.

  • Joen
    November 19, 2014

    Great blouse for the holiday’s! The fabric works so well with this pattern!

    • Lori
      November 20, 2014

      Thanks Joen, it was one of those perfect pairings, I am so happy with the blouse.

  • Cennetta
    November 19, 2014

    Okay, Lori. Stop encouraging me to buy this pattern. Your blouse is so pretty. The print does not hide the style lines. Great combo.

    • Lori
      November 20, 2014

      Thanks, Cennetta, you do need this pattern and they are on sale at the website today! LOL

  • Angela
    November 19, 2014

    This is so pretty! I’m glad to see what it looks like on a person:) I have the fabric I want to use and the pattern, just need to find the time;)

    • Lori
      November 20, 2014

      Thanks, Angela, it is a nice pattern to make but does take a bit of time with all the details. One night I worked for about 3 hours on it and accomplished quite a bit. I left my sewing room with a big smile, so much accomplished and such a nice span of time to sew.

  • Beth Conkwright
    November 19, 2014

    Love it. The fabric is gorgeous.

    • Lori
      November 20, 2014

      Thank you, Beth, the fabric was wonderful to sew.

  • Kathy
    November 19, 2014

    Lori, I’ve made a wearable muslin of this pattern and I agree with you that next time I’ll use the yoke facing for the front yoke. I don’t particularly like the bias as an insert; too fiddlley. I might just use bias piping in the seam. And I might experiment with changing the pleats to soft gathers. The pleats aren’t as attractive on a full bust, IMO. I, too, used the burrito technique for the yoke! So much neater, isn’t it? Your blouse is lovely! I’d be interested in how you finished the shirttail hem as I have a favorite piece of silk waiting to make up this pattern.

    • Lori
      November 19, 2014

      Kathy, thanks so much and I like all your ideas for changing the pattern. On the hem, I finished the side seams first. Then I did the hem, I serged the bottom of the blouse, turned it up once and stitched close to the edge, turned it up again and stitched again. This worked well with the slippery fabric and I was able to control it a bit more.

  • Fiona
    November 20, 2014

    Oo I love a silk blouse, especially in polka dots Lori! You are so brave to tackle such fiddly details as sleeve plackets in silk, fantastic job

    • Lori
      November 20, 2014

      Thank you Fiona, this silk was really nice to work with and I did lots of basting!

  • Sallie
    November 20, 2014

    Lori this is gorgeous! I’ve been eyeing that Vogue pattern for awhile now too, and I think this red dotted silk was the PERFECT fabric to make it up in. Beautiful!

    • Lori
      November 20, 2014

      Thanks, Sallie, I just love this blouse and the fabric really makes it special.

  • Ginger
    November 20, 2014

    Really pretty! I love the details in this shirt.

    • Lori
      November 20, 2014

      Thanks, Sonja, the details do make it so special

  • Peter
    November 22, 2014

    Well done, Lori! Polka dots are one of my favorite patterns — classic and crisp — and I LOVE it in silk. Beautiful, truly.

    • Lori
      November 23, 2014

      Thanks, Peter, I will take polka dots or stripes any day.. You are so right, classic.