What comes before silk?
I mentioned in a post earlier this month that one of my sewing themes this year was to sew my silk stash. But before hitting the silk, I thought it might be sensible to sew some (hopefully) wearable toiles in viscose and rayon. This is one such top!
The pattern is not new to me. It’s the Painted Rose Top from Ottobre Design magazine Spring/Summer 2/2014, which I sewed twice last summer (see here and here). Both of those tops have been worn a lot, but as my frame is smaller these days, I decided to size down with this version.
Fit is such a tricky thing, especially with woven garments. I’m still not convinced this is top is the perfect size and fit for me. It’s great when my arms are by my sides, but when I have to stretch and/or lift my arms there is a touch of tightness in the sleeves and across the back. Not seam popping tightness, but it’s something I’m very aware of. I think it’ll need a few more washes and wears before I decided if I’ll need to tweak it a little before cutting into any silk.
If I’m being totally honest, I went through a stage of over shortening my tops. Gasp! I’m hoping to have found my new preferred length with this top. No-one needs to see my mid-rift when I’m reaching for the top shelf, pegging out the washing or waving good-bye!
Pattern: Painted Rose Top from Ottobre Design magazine Spring/Summer 2/2014
Fabric: Woven viscose from deep in the stash, but originally purchased from Tessuti
Alterations: The top was shortened by 1.5 inches (4cm) near the hem.
Accessories: Necklaces from Scarlet Jones and shoes from Gorman.