Silk Seamwork Savannah

SAVANNAH CAMI | SILK CHIFFON

Hi Friends!

Last week I promised you I would share either my Noelle Dress or another version of a Beatrix Blouse. 

Well, change of plans! 

I have something much more exciting to share with you today (and that's not to say the other makes aren't fabulous), my VERY FIRST SILK GARMENT. 

Silk. 
 

Like that fancy expensive fabric that's reserved only for people who don't mess up a million times while sewing. 

The last time I was in Len's Mill I picked up a little bit of this gorgeous silk print for $5.99/yard. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the price, I was expecting at least $20.

My thought process looked a little like this:
Was it priced wrong?
Was there something terribly wrong with it?
Why on earth is it so cheap?
Should I buy it?
Isn't silk for sewing experts?

So I picked up the bolt, held onto it for dear life, and paced around the store wondering what to do with it. In the end, I decided I couldn't pass up the deal and brought it to the register. 

The lady there had a good chuckle when she saw the price, too. We agreed it had to be priced wrong, but she gave it to me for $5.99 anyways. 

I sewed up a Seamwork Savannah with the silk, which has quickly become a favourite of mine. This is the first Savannah I've shown on the blog, but I have another one in my closet and another one cut out on my sewing table. 

I like it because the bias cut is flattering and easy, and woven camis fit well into my wardrobe. They're just like woven tee's, the perfect way to sneak woven fabrics into your everyday wardrobe while still being comfy.

The silk was underlined with black poly-crepe, and then lined with a blue poly-crepe for a clean finish on the inside. It would have been really nice to do without the poly and go for silk everywhere, but that's not very budget friendly and I'm sure three layers of silk would add up quickly. 

Sewing with the silk was easier than I anticipated, and cutting all the shifty layers out wasn't nearly as difficult as I expected. Silk makes a delicious, crisp noise when you cut into it that just sounds luxurious. It made making this top a real treat.

I didn't bother with the lace edge, and haven't with any of my Savannah versions. Like I said in my post about re-purposing lingerie patterns into day-wear, ditching the frilly stuff gets rid of the lingerie-look. 

The hem was done quickly with a rolled hem on my serger - that's the easiest way, in my opinion, to tackle tricky curved hems on a garment like this. 

And as I'm sure you've noticed, I did my tried and true strap swap, switching time consuming and fiddly bias-cut straps for comfy and easy picot elastic straps. 

You should try it some time!

While its clear that the side seams have gotten a little stretched out, and I could have been more careful with my stay-stitching, I'm really satisfied with this make. It can go both ways, sexy or sweet, and its a nice piece to layer with in my wardrobe.

Also, not to mention, this shirt has me hooked on silk. So luscious. So lovely. You probably won't see a whole of silk garments on the blog because I'm not a bajillionaire, a girl can dream about living in silk all day, right?

I hope you guys enjoyed taking a look a my latest favourite make. This colourful little cami is going to get a lot of wear in my wardrobe, I can tell already!

Until next time, 

Rachel

Creative lifestyle blogger, dedicated to the process of making new things and worrying about being perfect LATER. Lover of Instagram, making things, and wearing dresses instead of pants.

I post a new handmade garment every Wednesday!