Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Perkins Shirt in Silk Cotton Voile

Hey all! I've got a post up at Fabric Mart today about this fun tunic!

This is the Ensemble Patterns Perkins Shirtdress, a cool, modern, oversized shirt, tunic or dress. 

The Perkins has a slightly cocoon shape, high-low hem, fully lined raglan sleeves and lots of different mix-and-match options for a split, tie neck collar, and gathered or plain bodice. I love the funky shape and all of the unique details!

This is the tunic version of the Perkins pattern. I opted for the gathered bodice and the split collar with the tie-neck. I love all the funky details and lovely finishes! The way the Perkins is constructed, the insides are all either enclosed in the yoke or French seamed. Good stuff!

I did do a few construction steps my own way, like the collar. I've picked up a few shirtmaking tricks here and there that I applied to the Perkins when I could, although working with this sheer fabric was new for me!

The fabric is a stunning silk/cotton voile in cinnamon, which is sadly sold out (although Fabric Mart always has lots of voile and lots of silk in stock, and is, as usual, having an insane sale this week!).

This stuff was pretty fabulous... sheer, but easy to work with because of the cotton content, and it has an amazing copper sheen to it in the light from the silk content. I love the coppery color; it's perfect for fall!

I'm really liking my new top! It feels funky and unique, and the beautiful fabric gives it a little something extra. Paired here with my jegging knit Avery leggings, but am imagining many other potential pairings for this cool top!

Thanks for the lovely fabric, Fabric Mart!