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Not the silk blouse of my dreams

Burdastyle black silk blouse with piping

Okay I’ll admit, this was not a successful project. I think I just picked a project that had a lot of things going against it. Firstly I used a very slippery sand washed silk that grows just by looking at it. Secondly the design has piping which is something that I love, but getting the piping to look neat and even when working with a slippery fabric, well that was crazy making material.

Burdastyle black silk blouse with piping

Add to that that this Burdastyle pattern has a tricky sleeve insert, it is basically a cap sleeve draft that you attach sleeves to. I’m not sure what this is called in English, in Sweden we call this a “lowered” sleeve. Anyways, it was super hard to get the sleeve seam look flat especially when working with such growing fabric.

Burdastyle black silk blouse with piping

Also I did the mistake of using an iron on interfacing that shrunk and wrinkled the silk. Should I have used silk organza instead? I would love to know what the best way to interface slippery silk is. 

Burdastyle black silk blouse with piping

Still all the faults aside, I do wear this blouse a lot. The black fabric does hide some of the most glaring issues, but writing this blog post and seeing the close ups of all the problems I’ll admit it looks a bit worse than I thought!


  • Ingrid K. V. Hardy
    April 3, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    It is still a very nice blouse! Silk terrifies me… BTW, I’m a new follower to your blog, you are helping me learn to sew. 🙂

    • Johanna
      April 4, 2017 at 7:04 am

      Hi! Yes silk is not always easy and this black one was a real tricky fabric. But my best tip is to just dive in and try it is you want to sew silk! Just do some research and don’t expect to make perfect the first time. My wardrobe is full of imperfect silk garments ☺


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