Floating on Silk
Posted 20 May, 12on:
This top started as a silk scarf from India. I love the color, love the tissue weight silk… but I don’t wear scarves. I either feel like I am being strangled or they fly all over the place. I don’t wear scarves.
However, I do go to the beach and love wearing soft, easy, beachy things. These floaty tops are all over the place, with hefty price tags. I grabbed some scissors and cut a neck opening… too big. Thought about different ways to fix it. Thought about tossing in the trash. That tissue silk is a bear to sew. Then I played around some pleats to draw in the neckline and discovered the pleats actually make the top hang better at the shoulders. What started out as a mistake ended making the whole thing better.
Hemming the neckline was the next challenge. I can’t remember if I never had one or simply lost the rolled edge foot for my sewing machine. There is only the tiny bit that I cut out for the neckline to use a test sample. I messed around with the zig zag settings and how to fold the fabric as I sewed to get a presentable rolled edge on the neckline. For the sleeves/side seam, I tried on the top, held my arm out straight and marked where I kinda, sorta thought the seam should be. I did not sew it all to the hem to give it more of that floaty feel.
Obviously, I need wear a tank or cami under this very sheer fabric, but it feels so light and airy. I will probably wear it with white jeans or shorts. Total love.