I’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.
This 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.
So, 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!
I 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.
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?