The fabric has the look to me of sandwashed silk: it’s dull and slightly rough, but catches the light in a very pretty way. It also reminds me a bit of a soft chambray denim. As well as being interesting to look at, it was easy to sew and feels light and comfy to wear. It’s tricky to iron (and needs a press cloth as it marks) but I think it works with a slightly rumpled finish. It was a devil trying to press out all the origami-style French seams in this top, though! Looking at these photos, it definitely needed one more good press along the front.
Otherwise I think it was a good match for this Vogue pattern, which has been on my to-sew list for a while. It’s not what I would consider my usual style (in that it isn’t a knit t-shirt, ha ha), but I love the unusual style lines: the kimono sleeves ending in a rolled-back cuff, the curved hem, front and back shoulder pleats, the centre-front darts and panelled bottom half giving a star-shaped seam effect to the front.
It was pretty fun to put together: it all slots together like a jigsaw and the directions include useful extras like where to French seam and how to finish the curved hems. Despite looking complex, I finished it in one afternoon sewing session. I’m generally not a big fan of sewing a bunch of darts and pleats, but I really like the effect they give this blouse so I think it’s worth it from time to time. As you can see, my front seams could be sharper and better lined-up, but I found it tricky to counter the bulk of the French seams with getting crisp points. I think a lighter fabric would make it easier.
I didn’t toile, just went a size down as it’s marked as ‘very oversized’. Luckily the fit turned out pretty good: I just opted to add little side vents as it was a bit snug over my hips. Next time I would probably go down a size at the shoulders/bust and up one at the hips. I’d quite like to try this top again in something lighter too; perhaps a floral lawn or viscose for spring. The pattern also includes a cute basic skirt, which I’m looking forward to whipping up soon in some leftover denim. As ever, you can buy the kit for this make on Minerva here.