I chosse Colette Patterns Sencha blouse pattern for this beautiful silk georgette. I picked up the fabric from The Fabric Store in Melbourne and believe it is from Colette Dinnigan. I made view A in a size 16 but with the button back option. I added a collar to the front but didn’t have enough fabric to cut back collar pieces. I was able to squeeze this pattern with added collar pieces out of 1 metre of 150cm wide fabric by eliminating the facings, shortening the length and cutting the back pieces on the cross grain. Instead of following the instructions for the sleeves I simply hemmed them with a satin bias tape facing retaining some extra sleeve length. All seams are french seamed and neck, arm and hem openings are finished with satin bias binding. I have made the Sencha pattern a few times often leaving out the pleats and widening the neckline to make a loose woven t shirt.
The button plackets and collar are interfaced with a cream silk organza. I used smaller than suggested buttons so increased the amount of buttons from 5 to 8.
For the collar I simply used the facing pattern piece and folded out a small triangle at the center front. The collar is sewn into the shoulder seam with the raw edge bound in the french seam.
The resin buttons are from a trip to spotlight. I had originally planned to use round pearl buttons but liked how these just blended in to the fabric without distracting from the pattern.
The fabric is very sheer in bright light so this top will be worn with a camisole.