Here’s a really ‘interesting’ garment I picked up on a trip to San Diego before Christmas. I paid $1 for it; unfortunately I can’t remember the name of the shop but it was somewhere in the Pacific Beach area…
It’s a summer jumpsuit made from 100% silk in grey, cream and peach (or coral, as we call it these days). I love the colours; the grey and coral combination has a great 80s vibe!
Just $1 for 100% silk?! YES PLEASE! This has been sitting in my stash for the last 6 months waiting for summer to arrive!
The silk is so light! I decided it would make a great summer top. So I reached for the Colette Sorbetto pattern (this is a great free pattern which you can download here) which I based this project on.
The thing is, the panels of the jumpsuit were pretty narrow and I didn’t want a seam down the centre front. So I cut the front of the top from one leg of the jumpsuit, but making sure the side seam of the leg was about 3cm from the centre front of the pattern. The Sorbetto has a symmetrical pleat down the centre front which would hide the seam.
The silk was already starting to fray at the edges, so I thought it would be a good idea to do French seams. A French seam has the seam allowance completely enclosed so the cut edges of the fabric are not visible.
Here’s how you do it.
First sew the side and shoulder seams WRONG sides together (right way out) using HALF the seam allowance. My seam allowance was 1.5cm so I sewed at 0.75cm. Then trim.
Next, press the seams to one side and turn the garment inside out. Then finally, sew the seams again at HALF the seam allowance (0.75cm). The ravelling edges should now be firmly enclosed!
Here are a couple of work in progress shots of the top. Once the seams are done, you have to bind the edges with bias binding.
This is a really quick and easy pattern to make and I finished it in a couple of hours. Happily, there was plenty of the silk left, so there may be enough for another small project :-)
Here’s how it looks on:
…and with my new shoes and jacket!
Alternatively, it can be styled the other way around (coral skirt and off-white jacket). Again, with new shoes (everything looks good with new shoes).
Now, I like the white and coral outfit, but I also like the coral and white outfit. But which is better? …There’s only one way to find out!
I wore the coral skirt version to a garden party for a friend’s birthday. It was a lovely day despite the weather trying to sabotage things!