Monday, August 25, 2014

Me-Made-Monday 7: A new silk top

"Cock your hat - angles are attitudes" 
- Frank Sinatra.

I love the new hat top, and it is my newest make as well... Ahem,.. this hat is my new favourite, readers. I bought it on my holiday in Vienna and it is an original Panama hat, made in Ecuador. With temperatures still at soaring 40C (105F), it is a true life saver. The best is, once inside a building you can roll it and store in a small bag!

I'll add a few words about the top. I should, really. It is a Burdastyle pattern #111 07/2014, a  relatively simple inverted trapezoid with 'split sleeve'. I used french seams, bias binding for the neckline, couture version of the bound slit for the neckline opening (I could not resist), and a narrow machine hem for the hem and sleeves. The neckline slit was not really necessary since the neckline is wide enough, but I just went with the pattern. The top can be sewn in less than half a day, and even faster if you omit the slit. I used a better quality silk charmeuse from my stash (!!!!); I bought it four years ago at Michael's Fabrics in Baltimore.

You may recognize the skirt, another relatively recent make.


A close-up of the neckline and sleeve finishing - I will be posting more construction details in a separate post.

Finally, thanks to the following fabulous ladies for sharing their makes last week. Real bombshells, readers - check out their makes!

Jenny of Cashmerette, rocking a Bombshell swimsuit!

Clio of Clio & Phineas, rocking her second (!) Bombshell and a 26-week pregnant belly! Clio, congratulations!

Kristin of Sunny Sewing, with her version of Plantain and Thurlows! 

By the way, I was just thinking that we sewersists developed an amazing new language that no sane person can understand. I was showing to my husband the latest me-made links: "This is Clio - she hacked another bombshell, and Kristin, who cracked Thurlows..."   -     ..?  ....

... and, finally, the amazing Rhonda of Rhonda's Creative Life with A The Perfect Travel Dress.

"Oh frabjous girls! Calloh! Callay!
She chortled in her joy

Ok, here is the next linky party, ladies! 


  1. You look smashing! Your work on that binding is exquisite!

  2. Oh, I couldn't agree more! We have a unique vocabulary that no one outside our world could understand!

  3. So nice top! So now I know how I will make hem on my silk top%)

  4. So beautiful, Marina! I wish we could see the back of the blouse too. Love the hat but it won't probably like the Irish wind ;)

  5. This is so beautiful! The silk looks absolutely creamy and delicious!

  6. The blouse is just perfection, liquid perfection :) So pretty Marina.

  7. Love your blouse. The binding really caught my attention--it is perfect.



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