Sunday, January 25, 2015

Silk Woven Tee

Woven tee
My 2014 makes continued....

Worn with white linen thurlow shorts.

Towards the end of 2013, I jumped on a plane from Cairns to Brisbane to spend the day shopping with my sister. Our primary focus was to find fabric for flowergirl dresses (we had a lot of secondary focuses). Anyway, while I was there we ducked into DFO. I bought two woven tees from Country Road - one in black, the other in white. Both became on high rotation, as they were perfect for work. I decided to trace off a pattern, as one does, when one can.

Below is one of the tops I made in 2014 from this pattern. It has a back yoke and kimono-style sleeves. It is a breeze to make. Apart of course, from sewing bias binding around the neckline, which I still tend to loathe doing.

This top is a silk (charmeuse I think???) purchased from The Fabric Store many years ago. This fabric in fact, was my first happening upon real silk fabric. It was back in the days when I had yet to discover Emma One Sock and the joys of internet shopping. Living in a regional area, I was limited exclusively to Spotlight, which up until recent years, did not stock silk....perhaps with the exception of silk dupion at times.

Despite my excited silk discovery, this fabric sat in my stash for years. It was all a bit shiny and reminded me of the races...not sure why. Last year I had a light bulb moment and decided to sew it up with the matt side facing outwards. The colours in the matt side were far prettier and less gaudy then the shiny side. I did, however, use the shiny side for the back yoke.

This top is super comfy, easy to sew and easy to wear. Tomorrow I will show you version 2...and then perhaps #3 & #4. 


  1. Love it! Very pretty fabric. And I especially love how you used the matt vs shine side. It's had to see in photos, but I can imaging how lovely this would look in real life. Very clever.

  2. These sort of tops are staples in my summer work wardrobe. I love the citrus fabric.

  3. Pretty! I think the colors are fabulous.

  4. Great top - love it when you can make your own version of a rtw item over and over again in whatever fabrics you want.

  5. Love the styling and very easy to wear with either a skirt or with casual pants.