In celebration of my milestone birthday this May, I made myself a silk version of one of my favorite designer vintage patterns--Vogue 1693 by Issey Miyake. All my previous versions were sewn using linen. Unlike linen, silk requires some special handling. So I thought I'd share some of the techniques I used in the construction of this special garment!
|OOP Vogue 1693|
|Silk charmeuse digitally printed panel from Mood Fabrics.|
|This Kai (7240AS) shears have micro-serrated blades that really handle all kinds of fabrics very well including silk. A bit pricey but worth the investment. |
|Visible underneath the white silk organza is the center back seam which I sewed using French seam. The pattern called for a flat felled seam but I thought French seam was more appropriate for my fabric.|
|View of the side seams/lower side facing, all handsewn to the underlining.|
|View of the armhole facing hand sewn to the underlining.|
|View of the hem. For this, I made sure to catch the main fabric when sewing the hem stitches to "anchor" the underlining in place. |