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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
The seams rest on each side of the shoulder,
and the purpose is to give a nice flat fit across the upper chest – no gaping whatsoever!
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.
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.
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!