The Fancy Silk Kate Top

Grayallday Tessuti Kate topI’m actually making good on my list and sewing these patterns up! The Kate top is one of my favorites and I knew that even if I used my super special golden silk that I’d be happy I used this pattern, and I was right. I love the fit and I love the construction, even with the challenges of the silk and the slippery lining.

Tessuti Kate top silkThis very special silk was purchased with my mom in the LA fashion district and I knew exactly what I wanted it to be. I also new from experience that NOT ONE BIT of those metallic threads could be touching me or I would hate to wear it. A prime example is this beautiful top. There were just a few little places where the fabric touched me, it was mostly lined, but boy did those spots irritate me and I rarely wore the blouse, despite how beautiful it was. I just recently gave it away. Sob.

Tessuti Kate top back viewSo, the top is carefully underlined and then the neckline and armholes are bound with the satin lining so that the silk doesn’t poke at all. Success! It is actually quite comfortable to wear!

Tessuti Kate Silk miteredI constructed the silk and the lining tanks separately. I used French seams on the silk, and serged the lining tank. I finished the hems with the beautiful mitered corners. Then I placed them together, basted them at the neck and armholes, and used self made bias tape to enclose those edges.Silk Kate top lined

IMG_6930 (Medium)It took forever, and I can see there are a few places that are not perfectly on-grain (how handy those metallic threads are for highlighting that fact, eh?) but I really feel like this top is a big success for me. I have a ton of gold in my wardrobe now, including shoes and accessories, so this Kate top will slide right in. I prewashed my silk, which is why it is not perfectly flat, and I enjoy the more crinkled texture, and since I sewed it after I will be able to wash this. It is a little cold so I had to wear pants for these pictures, but isn’t it going to be so cute with skirts or even shorts?

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6 thoughts on “The Fancy Silk Kate Top

  1. Beautiful Helena! I love this top! I made up a tank in silk early last spring and wore it a lot throughout the summer so these are high on my list this year too. Love the underlining and FANCY mitred corners 🙂

    • Yeah, I think the silk tank is really practical, since it is breathable and light in the summer and doesn’t take much yardage at all. Thanks, Kathleen!

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