Silk Twill Top a la Kate Spade

I’m staying at a lovely 5-star resort through the weekend (not our typical getaway) – one of those places where you swap your car for bicycles upon arrival. My husband is engaged in professional activities allowing me to bring along a suitcase of sewing paraphernalia guilt free.

This morning when I discovered my white thread was left at home I called the concierge to request a sewing kit so I could hem my top.

“My apologies Mrs. Gunn, but we do not furnish sewing kits.”

My husband was slightly incredulous when I got dressed and pedaled to the nearest store to find some thread. I ended up buying a sewing kit with a minute amount of white thread at resort prices – ugh.

silk twill top

Fortunately the kit contained enough white thread to complete my latest.

Can you tell the difference between the Kate Spade and the K a t i e Spade?

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It’s easy to tell the difference this time – I was able to duplicate the style and fit but not the ruffle. My daughter’s Kate Spade blouse is so cleverly designed that I wanted to clone it.

silk twill top

silk twill top

I ordered this vibrant blue and white silk twill from Mood Fabrics which has exceeded my expectations. The fabric weight, body and texture are perfect for a variety of garments. I want more!

silk twill top

As I began to put Kenneth King’s Clone Your Favorite Garment instructions to practice I noticed the lined shoulder tab in the Kate Spade top.

silk twill top

The seams rest on each side of the shoulder,

silk twill top

and the purpose is to give a nice flat fit across the upper chest – no gaping whatsoever!

silk twill top

This is my third time to clone a garment from the wonderful class, Kenneth King’s Clone Your Favorite Garment . Sadly for me, the class does not address cloning a flounce, but somehow I’m going to solve this mystery. Kate Spade’s flounced ruffle has a great drape, width and length. The edge is finished with a rolled hem.

The K a t i e Spade flounced ruffle is finished with a narrow hem, and the ruffle itself is shorter and wider.

silk twill top

As for the fit – I’m thrilled. Loose but not baggy, the neckline is low enough but not revealing and the shoulders are slightly cut in to elongate the arm. I can wear the shirt tucked in or left out.

silk twill top I’m happy to sacrifice the Kate Spade ruffle for a good fit this time. Anyhow, my yard of white thread is gone, the weekend is fast approaching and it’s time to enjoy the gift of these beautiful surroundings.

Have a good one!

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Comments


  • Cathe
    March 21, 2013

    Honestly I’m not sure I would know the difference, your top is lovely and so well thought out!

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 21, 2013

      This fabric from Mood is so pretty, why wouldn’t Kate Spade make a top with it? 🙂

  • Lise Neely
    March 21, 2013

    Just lovely! Perfect for a warm weather weekend. Wear it in good health.

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 21, 2013

      Thank you, Lise! Our temperatures took a serious nosedive on this first day of spring! I hope to wear it soon.

  • Lori
    March 21, 2013

    It is a gorgeous top.

  • Janet B
    March 21, 2013

    Silly me, I thought the knockoff was the white top!

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 21, 2013

      LOL! I think Kate Spade should consider this pretty fabric from Mood 🙂

  • Amy
    March 22, 2013

    Such a cute blouse! I’m currently taking Kenneth King’s Jean-ius class, and I can’t wait to apply the techniques to my favorite garments!

  • Cissie
    March 22, 2013

    Your top looks great. The print has enough interest that no one but Kate herself could notice any ruffle differences!