There's nothing like wearing a new silk top to add a touch of glamour to a walk through the mangroves. Much nicer than khakis don't you think? Here is the top half of the Rachal Comey skirt and top pattern. (I blogged about the skirt here.)
This was not a fun top to make and therefore has taken me months to complete. The pattern just seemed all a bit 'off'. The ease was inconsistent, the shape of the batwing a little odd and the placement of the bust points just plain off the mark. Fortunately, I made up a muslin first, only to discover the the bust points were somewhere below my ribs which is all fine if you don't wear a bra and gravity has won the battle against perky breasts.
- if you look click for a closer look, you'll see that the fabric is in 3 directions throught the front -
I think I also struggled to manage the silk fabric. It was extremely unstable and quite difficult to keep in place. I also felt that it kept becoming skewed. Added to this, was the complication that this top is cut in three different directions through the front and two different directions on the sleeves. This meant I had to resort to a lot of hand sewing.
I knew that if I didn't complete this top this weekend it would live out the rest of its days as a UFO. As I neared the end and had all but ran out if steam, I decided to overlock the hem (rolled hem) rather than battle with the fabric anymore. Thank goodness it is done. At this stage, I can't really say I'd make it up again. Maybe if I had more stable fabric, but then it needs fabric like this to work. Oh well.
Fabric from The Fabric Store, Nth Fitzroy.
Here is a photo of the same top from the catwalk. I'm thinking it's all looking a bit skewed on these girls as well. Something is just not quite right about them. I love the choice in fabric though!