Hot! The “That’s Torn It” Top

The Facts

Pattern: Kwik Sew 3691

Fabric: Blouse Weight Silk

Year: Pretty Current

Notions: Satin Bias Binding

Time to complete: 1 hour

First worn: For the photos

Wear again: No

Total price: A few dollars

When I heard about this challenge I knew I would have no trouble pulling something for it from the stash. This silk is a a rather recent addition and just cost a few dollars at a church fair that I frequent.

I seriously ran out of time this week. I pleated this up and stay stitched the pleated neckline, leaving the armholes unfinished. I threw some bias binding on the neck and it slipped and slid around, fine silk does that.

So I was all ready for my photos outside in front of the Bougainvillea bush when the neighbours’ gardener turned up and started mowing next door – I was too embarrassed to go outside and get all posey, so I put another load of washing in the machine and rip, went the armhole!

I think this silk is fairly old – probably from the 60’s and it has perished – silk is vulnerable to light, heat and microbes – I was glad I didn’t spent hours finishing it the way I should have. But this was perfect as a toile for this pattern, I was not in love with the print and didn’t pay a lot for it. I plan to make more versions of this easy top and I was pleased to find the exact neckline that I was looking for.

I also recently purchased this necklace which is 1940’s Celluloid Autumn Leaves – how perfect right?!

It was hot today in Sydney – 34 degrees – Summer’s coming!



Trish lives in Sydney and has way more thrifted patterns and fabric than her fair share. She studied fashion design in her former life and sews while trying to not to burn the dinner.


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  1. It should be no surprise by now that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your necklace!! The top is adorable on you and I’m sorry the fabric gave. You are wise to use it as a muslin if you’re not into doing the repair. It’s still quite pretty on you : )

  2. A really pretty blouse.. So sorry it tore..

  3. Oh, man, that tear sucks! I love the neckline and, while you weren’t a big fan of the print, it is so cute. Would have been great under a jacket. But, you know, with a minor repair, it still could be!

    • Yes, I agree – it would be perfect for work under a jacket, but no – I have moved on – I think the fabric will continue to tear when I wear it and I want to avoid a wardrobe malfunction. Imagine, me miles away from home in a torn top :o

  4. When I saw the first photo all I could think is ‘that is beautiful fabric – love that top’. It’s a shame it tore because it looks so worth finishing.

    • Thanks Jen, the fabric had a lovely drape and the silk has such a beautiful lustre. But it’s off to the preschool with the lot now. Will make great trees or leaves in the kids collages!

  5. I agree with Jen, I love the fabric and the pattern. Boo hoo to the the tear. I hope you make it again.

  6. I think the fabric is lovely. Both the prints and the pattern are great. They go so well together. It’s a real pity that it tore. I would have worn that top!

  7. Boo :-( What a pity! I know you aren’t fussed, but I’m so sad! The fabric is gorgeous, and the neckline is just divine on you. And I love that you managed to make the bougainvillea look fall-y!

  8. I liked the print – so retro, the yellow reminds me of my parents 60s vinyl dining room chairs – but in a good way! Childhood memories and all that :) Shame it ripped but if it helped as a muslin for future tops then it still served some purpose.

  9. Glad to hear you’ll sew this again Trish, it’s the perfect cut for you. Lovely!