So, I changed tack and decided to make another Ruby top. The silk one that I made earlier this year has been worn regularly. It's the perfect summer top really, with its floaty shape and cut away armholes, and great to wear with jeans.
Because I was working with already cut fabric pieces, plus a scant 75cm of fabric left over it was a bit of a challenge to get the Ruby pattern pieces to fit, especially as I didn't want to end up with a wide white stripe across my chest! But with a little help from my social sewing buddies, it worked. I ignored the grainline this time and just matched up the stripes which luckily does't seem to have affected the drape.
The 'right side' of the fabric which though beautifully vibrant, is also quite shiny so I decided to use the matte side of the fabric instead which makes the top a bit more wearable for everyday.
To break up the paler colours near the neckline I used exposed binding - attaching to the wrong side, then flipping to the right side and topstitching. Stitching a straight line, even with my beloved edge-stitch foot was a bit tricky in this slippery silk, but it's passable. I hand stitched the back facing and added a line of machine stitching to reinforce the split - I'm still deciding whether to go back and unpick this, but I don't want the split to rip. The top was hemmed using my rolled hem foot.
The button loop was made by plaiting three threads of overlocker chain together. I watched the Tessuti tutorial on making a thread loop about 15 times and couldn't get it even though I've done it successfully before. What's with that? I must be getting old.
Pattern: Ruby Top by Tessuti
Size: 8 with a 5/8 inch FBA
Fabric: Silk from Kinki Gerlinki ($10 p/m)