Anita tie top in silk- from Sew Over It Vintage

When I was planning this month’s Minerva make, I was suitably vague as I wasn’t sure which top I was going to make out of this silk. But I knew I wanted to make some kind of silk top. I had a couple of choices, possibly the Biscayne Blouse by hey June (one of my faves this year it has to be said), or something from the Sew Over It Vintage book. And there are a couple of choices in this gorgeous book – I could make the simple basic bodice as a top, a cowl neck using the dress pattern, or the Anita Tie top, which indeed I chose.

Anita tie top

Before I dwell on the pattern, the silk, this fabric, is stunning. It’s patterned with little leaves in bottle green & navy & is so luxurious. It was perfect for what I wanted to make – a silk top that would be good to mix with jeans or trousers as well as a pencil skirt or a denim skirt- something I could wear out in the evening. The top should not be fussy I felt as this silk was just classic & needed to be the star.

Sew Over It vintage patterns

My two new patterns – the left shows the basic bodice, to the right is the Anita tie top to show how there is no side shaping

So the Anita Tie top it became. Let’s talk about the method. In Sew Over it Vintage, Lisa Comfort, the author, includes the methodology to make many things – clothing, accessories, homewear, by drafting your own pattern. But don’t let this scare you away – the whole point of this book is to make pattern drafting much more accessible. If you are making something to wear, you draw patterns based on the measurements of the person who will be wearing it. Lisa guides you through each stage & clothes are drawn on the whole with straight lines, simple curves where needed. And if I can do it, anyone can! It really is step by step.

sew over it vintage bodice (1)

The starting point is the basic bodice which I felt would be sensible to make out of some spare fabric – making sure the measurements worked out OK before progressing to the variations needed for the Anita tie top & cutting out the silk! I made it out of some viscose I had spare in my stash left over from making a kimono gift last year. I knew it would drape beautifully, which seemed a requirement for such a loose fitting style.

sew over it vintage bodice (2)

I followed all the instructions to make what I think of as a bit of an 80s top. It’s the boxiness & the slashed neckline – I hasten to add that the neckline is wider than it should be because I forgot to add the seam allowance to the neckline on my pattern when I was drafting it.

….people will see me & cry…

It is reversible too – in that the front & back are the same!

Sew Over It Vintage bodice (4)

This bodice was a quick make, & I was confident it would be eminently wearable with a vest top underneath (a la Fame).

The Anita Tie top has an even looser style with virtually no shaping at the sides from the arms – it is designed to flow down your sides, with a hip hugging band that also houses the amazingly long ties.  And it is evoking the dropped waist styles of the 30s

Anita tie top

The top is gathered onto this band & you really should use a fabric that drapes otherwise it would probably look like a sack. No problem with this silk and its draping qualities!

Anita tie top

After drafting the pattern I was ready to face my inner fears & cut into the silk, all the while trying to take my usual calm confident strokes with my scissors & put to one side that this was actually silk I was cutting into! I did not take any precautions for cutting silk- I know that slippery fabrics such as silk can cause problems. I often find that cutting out on my lounge rug contains tricky fabrics to some extent, but there are lots of tips out there for cutting and working with slippery fabrics, such as these shared by Tilly.

Anita tie top

Making up, I also followed the instructions in the book, stay stitching the neckline I think is a must when sewing with fabrics like this. I also sewed using my walking foot & as a result cannot report back that I had issues, because I didn’t! I think there are probably silks & satins that are far more slippery than this!

OMG- look at that bow & how the silk is so sumptious!

anita tie top

I should have sewn French seams as that’s such a neat finish for such classy & delicate fabric, but at the outset, my first seam (attaching the gathered bodice to the hip band) was done right sides together & I really did not want to unpick seams in silk in case it left any spoilers. And having started with regular seams finished with my overlocker, I wasn’t going to switch into French seams later on.

Anita tie top

 

Apart from that, I have nothing much more to add. It was a hugely fun experience drafting the pattern to fit me- I mean the hip band is a perfect fit! I also really enjoyed sewing the silk because I was sure it was going to turn out to be the top I had envisioned. And it is! I wore it out to a meal the other evening.

anita tie top

Testing out its danceability!

And we went to the Gin Bar – yes, that is gin in that tea cup 🙂

Yummm so refreshing- with lime leaf

Yummm so refreshing- with lime leaf

I had lots of compliments – it is one of those styles that stands out in its simplicity.

Tea cup

Carefully positioned with the sign behind, causing the photographer much hilarity! And then seeing the guest fingers afterwards was even funnier. The top’s far classier than we are!

One of those styles that allows classy fabric to shine. And one of those styles that suits all sorts of shapes & sizes- I have a feeling I may be making the odd one as a special commission for special friends…

Here’s the link to the kit on Minerva’s Blogger Network if you want to see the fabric again (& the version of the Gin Bar photo that is more grown up!)

25 thoughts on “Anita tie top in silk- from Sew Over It Vintage

  1. PinhouseP

    What a great looking top! It’s so rewarding when things end up just as you imagined, especially with those more special fabrics you are a bit “afraid” of. I have some silks in my stash, that I *still* have not dared to touch (way to precious!), but some day I am sure it will be something fabulous:)
    That bar photo is hilarious, but then lots of your photos are!

    Reply
    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      I am just like you with respect keeping those special fabrics for the right time, the right garment. And then they languish in my drawer, often wrapped in tissue paper that’s how precious they are to me! So yes, it’s good to get using the specials and to create something with them that does them justice.
      I caused lots of hilarity it has to be said with that photo!!

      Reply
  2. Pips

    This is perfect! Thanks for reviewing it. I’m going to a 1920’s/30’s exhibition shortly so will make the waist tied top to wear with some wide legged pants. Looks fabulous on you! xxx

    Reply
    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Oh Kyle, that’s nice of you to say!! But I don’t get out that much to be honest, even if my photos give a different perspective!! So that’s why it’s nice to be able to put the effort in when I do go out ??

      Reply
  3. jennifer miller

    Such a beautiful blouse! Love that silk (the sheen is gorgeous in that last shot) and the bow is just so classic. And your photos are always so great – you must be the most fun person in the room! 🙂

    Reply
    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Hahaha Jennifer that’s so kind of you to say however I have a lot of competition on the fun front with my childish bunch!! But it’s nice to feel grown up in appearances with a posh silk top. ☺️!

      Reply
    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Hi Fiona, yes, I looked through the book and there are so many gorgeous projects and I really liked the idea that you draft them yourself, to fit. Really successful so far, I hope you enjoy making yours too ?

      Reply
    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Very posh!!! Yes, it’s nice to have something a bit special to wear with jeans, rather than always thinking it needs to be a frock. I have to say your Anita was lovely inspiration too. ?

      Reply
  4. Barb

    I WANT THIS TOP SO MUCH!!!!! Please start taking commissions so you can make me one! It’s absolutely gorgeous and you look fabulous xx

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *