Supersize Me!

Maybe it’s just me but on January 2, I was craving an oversized shirt to hide my holiday indulgences…. and when I’m in the ugly state of mind, the one fabric I turn to is silk.

This Famous Designer Black and Off-White Animal Print Crepe de Chine was the perfect antidote for my post holiday doldrums.

Crepe de Chine

I feel better already!

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My pattern of choice was Simplicity 2447 and it wasn’t just oversized, it was supersized!

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Before cutting into the silk I made a full muslin which required one alteration after another (discussed tomorrow on the blog).

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However, my new roll of Pattern Paper from Mood served me well by keeping me on grain and precise as I drafted new pattern pieces from the alterations. Check it out HERE.

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I cut all pattern pieces with a new rotary blade and used pattern weights (along with a few pins) to prevent slipping . The fabric cut beautifully with very little raveling. All of the careful measuring, pinning and fitting were worth the time, as I discovered that even oversized garments must fit just right!

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After eliminating the bulk from the back, I cut the back longer than the front.

My one regret was not ordering an extra ½ yard of the silk. I did not have enough fabric for a full collar and settled on the collar stand featured in View D.

Sewing a casual style in silk crepe de chine was true luxury for me. The combination yields a top that is the epitome of comfort and a great wardrobe extender.

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Hubby hasn’t seen it yet but I know what his reaction will be……..
“ It’s pretty, but I like fitted clothes and shirts that tuck in better.”

Presto!

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You gotta love the versatility of a silk blouse !

Until soon ☺

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Comments


  • Manju
    January 13, 2015

    Lovely lovely blouse sarah.

  • Cissie
    January 13, 2015

    Nothing prettier that a silk shirt. This one looks wonderful on you, Sarah.

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 13, 2015

      Thanks so much, Cissie!

  • Sharon
    January 13, 2015

    Welcome back, Sarah! Fabulous blouse and great work!

  • Ginger
    January 13, 2015

    Ooh, this is gorgeous! I love the print paired with this style! Sassy!

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 13, 2015

      Thanks, Ginger! Hope you’ll give it a try 🙂

  • Mary Beth
    January 13, 2015

    Very nice…have you ever you spray stabilizer on silk? It temporarily stiffens the fabric so it sews like a dream.

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 13, 2015

      Thank you, Mary Beth :). I have not tried it but it’s on my list as I know it is helpful

  • Susie
    January 13, 2015

    Beaufiful! I am glad to know about the pattern paper that is available at Mood — assuming that it would do for tracing off Burda patterns. It really does look good tucked or untucked.

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 13, 2015

      Thank you, Susie. This roll of pattern paper is going to last me years! Great value for sure 🙂

  • ME Pendleton
    January 13, 2015

    Really pretty blouse – glad to hear it was easy to work with as I have been wanting to try some silk .
    Glad you got your mojo back – you have been missed

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 13, 2015

      Thank you so much, ME 🙂

  • Eileen
    January 13, 2015

    Just beautiful, Sarah! Did you launder your fabric before cutting the pattern out? Did you use a walking foot? I admire all your patience in making muslins. This is a blouse that you will enjoy wearing for years to come.

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 13, 2015

      Thank you, Eileen. I have no choice but to make muslins 🙂 I did not use a walking foot and basted instead. I should have mentioned the fabric has a nice texture that is not really slippery like many silks 🙂

  • Sandra (Sewist-Stitch)
    January 14, 2015

    That is beautiful Sarah – what a great fabric.

  • Jan Brandt
    January 14, 2015

    younreally look beautiful in this. Great with your hair color. I always have to make a muslin, they really are a saver of fabric! Glad to see you posting again!

  • Goodbye Valentino
    January 14, 2015

    Thank you so much, Jan! I’m happy to be sewing again 🙂

  • Lori
    January 14, 2015

    This looks so pretty on you, Sarah, I love this on you. Great job on all the adjustments you made on the pattern, it really paid off. I

  • Peter
    January 15, 2015

    Gorgeous blouse, Sarah — that print looks fantastic on you!

  • Amanda S.
    January 15, 2015

    Silk blouses are the absolute best! This one is a great addition to your wardrobe.

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 15, 2015

      Thank you, Amanda! It will be in heavy rotation for sure 🙂

  • Fiona
    January 15, 2015

    Stunning as always, it looks great tucked in or out. Who would have thought that a bold animal print could be so versatile?!