Sapphire Silk Top

in sapphire blue silk charmeuse

I just finished this lovely silk charmeuse top made in a gorgeous shade of blue. I picked this color blue to wear with the new sapphire ring my husband bought for me while on vacation in Mexico.

I used Simplicity 1315 pattern view A to make this top, using French seams to finish the side, sleeve and raglan sleeve seams. The pattern features a pleated neckline, raglan sleeves and barrel cuffs. There are also options to embellish the cuff or sleeve, but I chose not to embellish this time. I would, however, love to make this top again and possibly do some beadwork on the cuffs of the top. How pretty would that be!

I managed to find some lovely little blue buttons made in Italy with tiny rhinestone insets to use for this blouse at Fabric Depot in Portland, OR. So, the little special buttons give a nice touch to the finishings of this top.

Sleeve and cuff detail

The top was not too difficult to sew. The hardest part was hand sewing the neck band all the way around the neck edge. Well, that was not actually difficult, it was just time consuming. The slippery fabric was a challenge to manage and sew at times, but I have dealt with slippery silk before and knew how to handle it.

I found some inspiration photos of similar silk tops and blouses on the internet to compare to this look:



Joie raglan sleeve silk top $258


Cluny silk blend raglan sleeve top $197

Overall, I love my new blouse and love to wear it with my shiny new beautiful ring!

Front of blouse          silk charmeuse raglan sleeve top with pleated neckline.

9 thoughts on “Sapphire Silk Top

    • Hi MaryEllen! Thank you very much! It was a little difficult at times to sew as the silk is quite slippery and frays easily. I just took my time, used lots of sharp pins and a new microtex needle in my machine. I have dealt with sewing silk quite a bit, so the time and experience definitely helped. Enjoy your Craftsy class! I love those and have signed up for and watched many of them. Craftsy is such a great and reasonably priced online creative resource!

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