Silk Chiffon Button Up

It’s that time of the year again – when the shops are screaming FAAAAAALLL (Wool caps! Corduroy bottoms! Pumpkin spice everything!) but our temperatures are still firmly stuck in summertime. While I’m not ridiculous enough to pull on my Ugg boots when it’s still 100 degrees outside (LOL JK I don’t own Uggs hahaha) (but seriously, Ugg-watching in 100 degree weather at the ritzy mall is absolutely my favorite pasttime during these months), I still want to at least look the part of the changing seasons, which still complying with the temperatures outside. For me, that means colors and silhouettes that give a nod to fall – but sticking to lighter-weight fabrics so I’m not sweating my arse off.

So anyway, here’s another button-up shirt! HAHA

Silk Chiffon Archer

Silk Chiffon Archer

I used the Archer pattern to make a fall-inspired button-up, but with a twist – instead of the traditional plaid flannel (which I lurrve, but again – HOT!), I used a light and breezy wide silk chiffon from Mood Fabrics for the main, and woven silk crepe de chine for the collar, collar stand, button band, pockets, and bias facings. Mood Fabrics carries tons of colors of both of these fabrics, but I went with boring ol’ basic black.

If you are feeling some major déjà vu about right now, you are absolutely correct – I totally and completely 100% shamelessly ripped off Kendra’s silk Archer from the Grainline blog. I don’t think I’ll ever look as chic as she does, but that doesn’t stop me from trying! :)

Silk Chiffon Archer

Silk Chiffon Archer

While I have made my share of button-ups in tricky fabrics – silk georgette, rayon challis, crazy plaids – I did worry a little that this one was going to be a beast to sew. My last experience with chiffon did NOT go well, but I think a big part of the problem was the quality of the material I was using (it was pretty cheap poly chiffon). Using a high-quality fabric makes a big difference in the ease of your sewing when it comes to tricky fabrics like this – you know they’re already on-grain (or it’s easy to straighten the grain if you need to) and the natural fiber content means you can actually press them (which, again, makes a world of difference during construction – especially for a pattern like this). With all that being said – I only used a yard of the chiffon to make this sleeveless version, which at $20.99 per yard isn’t really that expensive. I got a yard of the crepe de chine, but only used a fraction of that (I use silk bias on everythingggg so I have tons left over for other projects). Even having been made out of silk, it’s fairly economical! And you definitely cannot get a silk button up shirt for less than $50 in retail, at least not new. Plus, I machine-washed all my fabrics before cutting – so my silk is machine washable now ;)

So anyway, about that sewing! I didn’t do any sort of prep before getting into cutting – in the past, I’ve used spray starches to stiffen the fabric so I’d have an easier time cutting, but I didn’t bother with any of that this time. It certainly would have been easier if I had, but obviously it was doable without :) Once the pieces are cut (and since this is a sleeveless shirt – there aren’t a whole lot of them!), that’s the difficult part! Sewing was really easy and straightforward – I used a sharp 70/10 needle, polyester thread, and a lot of high heat from my iron. All seams are enclosed – the yoke and collar cover most of that, but the side seams are French-seamed, and the arm holes are finished with silk bias facing. The hem is just a simple rolled hem (I usually use bias facing there as as well, but I was afraid the crepe de chine would be too heavy for the silk chiffon). The only thing I’m not thrilled about is the pockets – the crepe de chine sags a bit on the chiffon, so they’re not perfectly smooth when I’m wearing it. And also – they are slightly lopsided! Whoops! I hesitate to unpick them because I am afraid it may damage the delicate chiffon, but thankfully no one notices it – even when I point it out. Of course, that may be all you see now :) Sorry :)

Silk Chiffon Archer

Once we get into full-on winter mode, I think this top will continue to be useful as I can wear it under my cozy sweaters for an extra layer of warmth.

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  • Idle Fancy
    August 29, 2016

    What a gorgeous piece, Lauren! I love the mix of chiffon and crepe de chine–it adds such a luxe aesthetic to the blouse. This absolutely looks like suuuuper high end RTW.

  • Lori
    August 29, 2016

    A beautiful blouse and the fabric combination is perfect.

  • Lusty
    August 29, 2016

    Love it! Just keep moving and nobody will ever notice the “imperfections” :-)

  • Karen
    August 30, 2016

    Gorgeous top! I totally agree that sewing with high quality natural fabrics makes a huge difference.

  • Fiona
    September 1, 2016

    You are the queen of the button up!
    This is a beauty and so different to your standard Archer. Love the idea of using the opaque crepe de chine for the details