Sunday, September 25, 2011

Easy Breezy Blouse: Sewing with Silk

Easy Breeze Blouse

With the husband out of town, an early-birthday fabric gift card (thanks mom!) and a new sewing book in hand, I set off to create my first silk-blend shirt! Yes, I did.

Easy Breeze Blouse, Hanging

The blouse is from Brett Bara's Sewing in a Straight Line.  The pattern calls for 1.5 yards of silk chiffon, and I chose a solid-colored silk-blend from Jo-Ann's.

I love how this shirt came out, because it is a bit out of my comfort zone as far as things I normally wear. But, it's not a crazy print, so it still feels "safe." It can be dressed up, or dressed down. And, it's true that I only stitched straight lines.

Easy Breeze Blouse, Dressed Up

Verdict: Sewing with silk chiffon is not impossible. But it takes a long, long time compared to sewing with quilting cottons. Each pattern edge was joined with a French seam, and each hem was triple hemmed with teeny, tiny 1/8-inch seam allowances. By the time I was down to the very last hem, I think I'd already put in a good 6 hours sewing this top.

Easy Breeze Blouse, Hanging

Cutting silky fabric straight is pretty tricky, since it's so slick. The book suggested a snip-and-rip method. Seriously? I was too chicken try this, so I just used my rotary cutter. I did have some pretty uneven edges early in the process, but they smoothed out by the time I trimmed and finished the edges.

Another tricky part of sewing with this fabric was trimming all of the loose threads so close to the finished edges. Every time I rolled a new hem, I had to trim it first. My desk looked like a man had just shaved tiny hairs all over it.

Easy Breeze Blouse, Dressed Down

This is me, after 6 hours of sewing. Relieved to be finished with this blouse! Sharing this at:

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  1. Super result, French seams produce such a professional result, and are time consuming, but so worth it!

    And the next one?

  2. Love it, Lindsay! Looks like you have been getting lots done, yay! :)

  3. Wow great job! Sewing with silk seems impossible to me and I've never attempted sewing any kind of fabric shirt before.

    Thank you so much for joining in the Make Yourself Monday blog hop!

    For Love of Cupcakes

  4. It looks lovely! I am all about Eggplant Purple this Fall, great color!

  5. Wow this is awesome! I am terrified of gauze fabric. For no good reason, mind. Just terrified.

  6. Love your blouse! Well worth the hours you put into it and all that end trimming!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  7. Wow, so pretty! I'm crazy about your Exodus quilt too!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! :)

  8. You look fabulous! I really need to check out that book - my clothing sewing skills are awful! Even with a dressmakers dummy I still suck!
    Thanks so much for linking up at SewHappyGeek! You've got a sweet blog here :)


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