Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Sutton Blouse - Mood Fabrics' SIlk Chiffon Panel



Mood Fabrics' silk chiffon made into Sutton Blouse


  Spring?  Well, here in the Missouri  it comes and goes, in fact, Mother Nature is being quite stingy with the nice days.  There is a saying here, if you don't like the weather today in Missouri wait a few days and it will be totally different.  My plan is to be a step ahead of Mother Nature and to be ready for spring.  I ordered this gorgeous Mood Fabrics' famous designer blue/gray striped geometric silk chiffon panel last month with plans of a flowy top.





This fabric is no longer available but no fear, feast your eyes upon these beautiful Mood Fabrics' silk chiffon choices or if you want  more of the panel look, Mood Fabrics' has a great selection of panels.
Mood Fabrics' silk chiffon made into Sutton Blouse by Girls in the Garden





    I went with True Bias Sutton Top (purchased at indiesew.com)  for the fabric and I was very pleased with the pattern-fabric match.  The silk chiffon has wonderful drape which is perfect for this pattern.  The instructions do tell you the fit is oversized and I wanted a flowy shirt but not too large.  After reviewing the size chart and finished measurements I went with a size 8.  I wasn't sure about how many panels to order, so I went with three.  If you look closely at the description on the panels, it will tell you the width and the repeat.

   Front details of Mood Fabrics' silk chiffon panel for a top

  I took a close look at my yardage before I cut out any of the pieces, I thought the front triangle shape would be a great placement for my waistline.  This was the only area I worked on matching and for a limited repeat I am quite pleased with the front seam. Front seam of Mood Fabrics' silk chiffon top

 All the seams are finished with a french seam and True Bias has a great sewalong for this blouse.  I found the chiffon to be delicate to sew but I really enjoyed the entire process, working a bit on this top each evening.  My regular machine was in for repairs and cleaning, so I borrowed my daughter's machine.  This took a bit of practice on scraps just to adjust to a new machine but the first thing I did was to change the needle to a size 70.   The easiest way to get the all the detail photos of the blouse was on my dress form.  Take a look at the yoke, side slits, the bit longer back hem and the pleat.  This fabric is so stunning and really is such a rich color.


Mood Fabrics' silk chiffon panel in a geometric pattern of blues and grays

  Mood Fabrics' silk chiffon panel for a summer top back view with yoke and pleat Mood Fabrics' silk chiffon panel for a Sutton blouse and close view of side slit


 A couple other tips, make sure your scissors are sharp when trimming the seams for the french seams, I had to try a couple of pairs to get a nice smooth cut.  Which means I need to get some scissors sharpened, right?  Also, I like to measure against the pattern for the top of the side slit, then measure my fabric, place a pin and then my slits are equal.


Mood Fabrics' silk chiffon made into Sutton Blouse

One thing winter brings is static electricity....  My silk/chiffon was sticking to my camisole like you wouldn't believe.  First set of pictures there were not a one I could use.  I quickly used a dryer sheet on my top and it was a bit better.  That is part of the reason for so many on the dressform this time.  Another reason for spring to come.

Mood Fabrics' silk chiffon made into Sutton Blouse



  I know this blouse will be well-loved this spring and  summer and the silk chiffon will be wonderful to wear during the hot and humid days of summer.

Disclosure - I receive a monthly fabric allowance from Mood Fabrics to make a garment.  This garment is blogged at Mood Sewing Network first and then I will blog here about this garment.
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18 comments:

  1. your sutton looks lovely. I just made this pattern and my blouse has terrible static...

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    1. Thank you, Rachel, static isn't a good thing! LOL

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  2. Like the pleat detail on the back! Love the aqua and white combination, aqua is a great color on you!

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    1. Thank you, Joen, the colors are fabulous and so rich on this fabric.

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  3. I really like this top! Cute style and your fabric was perfect for this.

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    1. Thanks, Linda, it will be a well-loved top for this summer/spring.

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  4. Looks so comfortable, and the fabric is beautiful! Another job well done!

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    1. Thanks so much, I love this top and the style.

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  5. Great top. I love the color and I'm weak for geometric prints.

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    1. Thank you, Andrea, I like geometrics too, branching out from my usual polka dots! LOL

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  6. That is some great pattern placement! Beautiful work!

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    1. Thanks, Ann, it is gorgeous fabric for sure.

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  7. Wow! I love this! The color is beautiful and your pattern placement is perfect!

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    1. Thanks Sonja, I really love this one.

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  8. This is a great colour choice Lori. Nice work on the front feature. It takes this top to a whole other couture level:)

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