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I purchased my fabric in Toronto at King Textiles on Spadina Avenue back in May 2013. Looking back, I regret not purchasing more fabric. Unfortunately, I do not remember the exact type of silk, but I am aware it is a type of raw silk. It has a matte appearance but light and soft hand feel. Perfect for the drape of this design.
The pattern was actually adjusted back in June 2013 and fabric cut shortly after. Like most designers....you do not get to the construction stage right away.
Sewing the collar itself is simple (above photos). Attaching on the collar (below photos) at the neckline to the back bodice was not a pleasant experience. The neckline of the collar had a pivot point and the back bodice had a slight curve, sewing two very different things takes patience, accuracy and perhaps alot of hand wheeling.
Again I did not want an exposed raw edges, so I folded in twice the length of the facing and slip stitched shut. I decided to hand sew the hem facing to the bodice facing so that there was weight to the front of the garment and so the facing would not flap around when worn.
Hand Sewing Hem
You may notice that I used silk pins as to not damage the silk or leave holes. My recommendation when hand sewing a hem on silk fabric is to not pin until you know you are ready to complete the hand sewing. This will decrease the appearance of any holes from pins, regardless if you are using silk pins.
Completed Silk Top
Written & created by Sheila Wong