I'm not much of a patterned fabric person - I have to really love a pattern before I'll sew it up. I fell in love with this silk as soon as I saw it and hesitated to sew it up because didn't want to ruin it. I figured something simple would best showcase the design so I decided to go with the Scout.
I've made the Scout before (strangely enough also in a patterned fabric). This time I added some gentle shaping through the body by taking out 3cm from each side, front and back, at waist level tapering to nothing at the armhole and hip level. I also added 2 inches to the length. I even cut it out in a single layer so I had no bulls eye issues!
The crepe de chine was a little sheer so I added a silk habatai lining to the body. There's nothing worse than wearing a beautiful silk top and then having to wear a synthetic seam free cami underneath!
Yes - very blurry photo (the kids had been playing with my camera and fiddled with settings and put grubby fingers on the lens) but I think it best shows the gentle shaping on the sides. I love this top - yes the tension is a little tight around the neckline and I forgot to use french seams through out, but it's going to get a lot of wear.
Looking at these photos I wish I'd waited until I had something else to wear it with - with such a voluminous top I needed a slimmer fit on the bottom - but I hadn't shaved my legs, didn't want to wear tights and desperately need a black pencil skirt :) On the upside they are pants I made and I was comfy all day.