Sometimes I read scathing posts about Burda's homewear/loungewear sections, which are often published in January, but for me, these are some of the most useful clothes in the magazine. It is quicker for me to sew a pair of leggings than to go to Target to buy made-in-China from nasty thin fabric.
This year, the loungewear section had some very luxurious pieces, mixing jerseys with silk satin and silk chiffon. How unusual, I thought to myself, and difficult for washing, such practical considerations being close to the forefront of my mind due to my unfashionableness.
However, the January stashbusting challenge had brought to the forefront of my stash many smallish pieces of lovely fabrics, which are too lovely to throw away, and there just happened to be 80x80xm of off-white cream silk satin (remnant from a christening dress, so you guess how old it is) for which I was very pleased to find a use - and it has been pre washed in the machine with no apparent harm.
Technical drawing from http://www.burdafashion.comEssentially this pattern is a raglan a-line t-shirt with a neck insert. It comes in version 109, long sleeves and tunic length gathered over the hips (to increase apparent fatness?), and version 110, with short sleeves and dress length. The magazine photos disguise most of the garment, but are very artistic, so I suspected it might look rather like a sack when worn.
Here is the sack at tunic length, no hip gathering, and with side seam waist shaping added.
It is quite pretty on a 17 year old with long legs, worn over shorts, although she thinks it will look better over leggings. I changed the self fabric tie to an extra long rouleaux tube as I thought this would look more elegant than the flat fabric tie which I thought a bit clumsy in the magazine photo.
The neck insert is a nice detail, worn gathered or loose, and the pattern has other thoughtful details such as finishing the armscye with silk satin bias binding- very soft and comfortable against the skin
I would never have thought of this fabric combination myself, but I think it works well to add a touch of luxury to a knit top.