Silk Crepe de Chine Sleeveless Blouse

Have you made your Marfy yet?

Thanks to Leisa Stanton of A Challenging Sew, I had no more excuses to avoid the chic Italian patterns without instructions. Not only are three patterns available for free downloads on the Marfy website, but Leisa is providing sew-a-longs for the patterns on her blog.

How do you like it?

Sleeveless tops made with designer silk crepe de chine from Mood Fabrics and a Marfy pattern.

The pattern is Marfy 1913, and after two muslins I was ready to cut my designer silk crepe de chine from Mood Fabrics. When the silk arrived in July, I was tempted to make my 5th sleeveless ruffled top.

No! No! No!” exclaimed the sewing angels :)

I contemplated a shirt dress and the next thing I knew it was November…….

I fell hard for this Marfy pattern with its cut-in shoulders and soft drape. I knew the style was suitable for everyday or special occasion dressing, plus I could wear it tucked in or left out.

Sleeveless tops made with designer silk crepe de chine from Mood Fabrics and a Marfy pattern. Leisa’s sew-a-long removes the mystery from the Marfy. She allows two weeks to complete a Marfy pattern, and her virtual patience set me in to a slower than normal sewing pace. I forbade myself from rushing through any aspect of constructing the top.

The top is easy to sew, but understanding what to do took some time.

Briefly:

  • I printed the pattern on 13 sheets of paper and experienced a disaster. The pattern did not print to scale and my adjustments were incorrect. Muslin #1 resembled a child’s garment, but after regrouping and reprinting I was back on track.
  • From my second muslin I quickly made a shell to check for fit using an inexpensive polyester.
  • While some sewing details are noted on the paper pattern, others are completely missing. For instance, there was no marking to indicate where the back opening should be placed. Leisa suggested different options and provided a detailed tutorial for one method carefully gauging the appropriate opening size. The slash is finished with a small dart – a completely new technique for me.

Sleeveless tops made with designer silk crepe de chine from Mood Fabrics and a Marfy pattern.

  • I secured the closure with two buttons and loop buttonholes using a chain stitch. Leisa used a small leather buckle, but a zipper can be inserted as well. I guess this is part of the beauty of sewing Marfy patterns.
  • In addition to Leisa’s excellent instructions, links to many fine tutorials are provided throughout the six part sew-a-long, and no detail is overlooked.
  • I opted out of the elastic band on the lower edge of the top, and removed one inch of ease from the side seams allowing the blouse to easily tuck in fitted clothes.

Sleeveless tops made with designer silk crepe de chine from Mood Fabrics and a Marfy pattern.

It’s nice to be finished and even better to have a permanent muslin and pattern for this top!

Sleeveless tops made with designer silk crepe de chine from Mood Fabrics and a Marfy pattern.

Using such little fabric I can justify splurging next time around. I can just see it in these Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta prints, not to mention luxury silk solids or cotton voile!

Many thanks to Leisa for getting me out of my comfort zone and a huge thank you to Mood for carrying such an array of enticing fabrics!

Until soon :)

 

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Comments


  • Marilyn
    February 5, 2014

    I just love that blouse!! Where did you get the pattern or did I miss it?

    • Sarah Gunn
      February 6, 2014

      Thank you, Marilyn! It is a Marfy pattern #1913 and a free download on the Marfy website. :)

      • Marie Jenkins
        February 21, 2014

        I cannot find this pattern on any Marfy website. I tried Marfy.it and the Marfy pattens connected to the McCalls website. Would you be able to help me find this pattern?

        • Lorraine
          February 21, 2014

          Marie, it is in the “free sewing patterns’ section of the patterns page (last item on the Our Patterns side bar). You have to register on the site, but once you do, it is one of the first patterns listed.

          Hope this helps.

  • Amanda S.
    February 5, 2014

    Great top! I have two Marfy patterns for coats I’ve been dragging my heals on, but now it’s too late to use them this year.

    • Sarah Gunn
      February 6, 2014

      Well…… you can always download the free patterns and make yourself a knockout spring outfit :) Many thanks for the comment!

  • Jennifer
    February 5, 2014

    Once again, absolutely beautiful!!! The style and the fabric, just beautiful!!!!

    • Sarah Gunn
      February 6, 2014

      Many thanks, Jennifer! Marfy and Mood make a great combination :)

  • Sharon Killian
    February 5, 2014

    Love everything you do, Sarah! You’re such an inspiration to all of us out in SewingLand!!! Sharon

    • Sarah Gunn
      February 6, 2014

      Thank you so much, Sharon!

  • Annette
    February 5, 2014

    Absolutely wonderful. You are making me want to remake mine with silk.

    • Sarah Gunn
      February 6, 2014

      Go for it, Annette! The hardest part is behind you :)

  • Ginger
    February 5, 2014

    What a versatile little top! It makes a great shell, and looks so cute on its own! I love the cut of the shoulders on you.

    • Sarah Gunn
      February 6, 2014

      Thank you, Ginger! I adore the silhouette of this top and plan to make more. It works nicely under sweaters and jackets too :)

  • Peter
    February 5, 2014

    This looks lovely on you, Sarah. Great pattern and beautiful print. It seems to be silk month!

    • Sarah Gunn
      February 6, 2014

      Thank you, Peter! Every month is silk month on my calendar :)

  • Lori
    February 5, 2014

    Your top looks beautiful on you, the cut on the shoulders is just so pretty. I made a top in this fabric and just love it. Also, thanks for the link for Leisa’s website.

    • Sarah Gunn
      February 6, 2014

      Thank you, Lori! I find this fabric to be extremely easy to handle for a silk! So happy to introduce people to Leisa’s wonderful website. :)

  • debbie
    February 5, 2014

    Beautiful. The style is simple and flattering and I LOVE that fabric. I looks wonderful on you. I can’t figure out if it is the style of colour that is most flattering but it certainly suits you.

    • Sarah Gunn
      February 6, 2014

      Thank you, Debbie! I find simple silhouettes to be most flattering on me and you can never go wrong with a little pink!

  • Rachel
    March 1, 2014

    I’ve been eyeing Marfy for a while and just ordered their new catalog. I really want to start with this top! It looks gorgeous on you.