Several months ago when I spied a 80cm silk remnant in Tessuti I instantly thought… everyone needs a little ‘pretty’ in their life.


This is my pretty!  A simple dolman sleeve woven silk top.


Needless to say, I brought that ‘pretty’ remnant thinking I’d have just enough to make a sleeveless top, but then I had other ideas.  Luckily, I was able to pick up another 75cm of the same fabric from The Cloth Shop so I could make my new year vision for McCalls 6566 a reality.


The floral pattern was a little more symmetrical than I anticipated, but I worked hard on my pattern placement so that you could tell.  And bonus, no large blooms or butterflies landed in the wrong places!


My first version of this pattern was a little long and now happily lives with my sister-in-law.  For iteration two, I shortened the pattern by 1 1/4″ (3cm) and it’s the perfect length… which means I can lift my hands above my head without flashing my tummy!


I’m not going to lie to you…  I threw a little foot stamping tantrum when hemming this fabric.  All my usual tricks just didn’t work.  It’s okay from the outside (and that is all matters right?) but the inside is closer to a red hot mess.


I’ve already forgotten the pain of hemming and I’m going to wear my pretty top with pride.  Pretty things shouldn’t hide away in the wardrobe, they need to see the light of day!


Pattern:  McCalls 6566 (View B)
Size:  Small (size 8-10)
Fabric:  Silk remnant from Tessuti and and extra 75cm from The Cloth Shop
Alterations:  3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment.  Shortened by 1 1/4″ (3cm). I didn’t bother with the pocket.
Accessories:  Beads from Scarlet Jones and shoes purchased online from Yoox several years ago.
Photo Location:  My garden


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