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A Distressed Silk Shirt...by client request

"Distressed" Dupioni Silk ShirtAlign Center
Made for a very special client, this shirt is an original design. Made from heavy silk dupioni, the fabric was washed once to pre-treat. The pattern pieces were laid on the cross-grain of the fabric and the shirt was cut and stitched. It was then washed several more times in hot water. After a hot cycle in the dryer, the shirt was gloriously soft and the slubs raised irregularly. This gave the gave the garment the soft, slouchy look I wanted it to have.

Design features include a vertical, flat felled Prince Seam (on the right side), banded Sleeves, double top Buttons, and a vertical flat-fell seamed Pocket with top band.

***For my method to make symmetrical pockets with a nice sharp point, check out my tutorial "Perfect Pockets Every Time"

Sewing Notes: Collar and Lapel interfaced with Pro-Weft Fusible Interfacing f
rom ~Fashion Sewing Supply~,
Buttons from ~Fashion Sewing Supply~, Fabric from my stash.

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Blogger Liz in Calgary said...

Hi Pam!
How do you get such a nice crisp pocket "v", I have never been able to get nice pockets.

The banded sleeves are nice too. I can just imagine how comfy this is.

Liz in Calgary

9:35 PM  
Blogger Linda T said...

Very cool! I think I'll try that method. I love soft silk!

9:55 PM  
Blogger Gorgeous Things said...

That is just beautiful. I really love the prince seam.

11:16 PM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Thanks for your nice comments!

LIZ...please look at the post again...I've added a link to my pocket-making tutorial.

7:03 AM  
Blogger Ann's Fashion Studio said...

I love the shirt. The fabric looks wonderful. Your link for the perfect pockets wouldn't open for me :{

6:53 PM  
Blogger Karla said...

OMG - it is gorgeous! I know my son would love a shirt like that, and I'd love an excuse to sew with beefy silk. How much latitude do you have when you sew for a client? Does he (I assume it's a "he") request a particular color, design detail, or general mood or does he leave it up to you?

I'm off to measure a few shirts, dig through the stash, (possibly order some fabric), and consider which pattern to use as a starting point. What inspiration!

7:42 PM  
Blogger Karla said...

And another question: silk noil. Do we like it for men's shirts or not?

7:44 PM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

ANN...I fixed the link! Sorry for the broken one....

8:30 PM  
Blogger meredithp said...

As usual, wonderful inspriation and execution. DH loves silk shirts...I'll try this very soon. Thanks so much.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Thank you :)

5:13 PM  
Anonymous phyllis said...

Pam if you ever decide to sell patterns I'd by this one in NY minute. My husband would LOVE this!

5:35 PM  
Blogger Karla said...

What Phyllis said.....

10:46 PM  
Blogger Liana said...

Gorgeous work, Pam!

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, I'm new to your blog and have been reading through your older posts. I was reading about how you distressed this silk shirt and had a question. I noticed that you washed on hot after you had already sewn it up. Wouldn't that have shrunk the shirt? I haven't worked with silk before, so forgive me if this is a dumb question.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...


Hi..and welcome to my blog!

You probably missed it because it I just mentioned it very briefly right at the beginning...
The fabric was washed/dried once before it was cut and sewn to pre-treat it.

5:17 PM  

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