Simplicity 3867 - Silk Empire Waist Tunic2:30 AM
Pattern: Simplicity 3867, View C
Fabric: Silk Dupioni (100% silk)
Lining: Cotton Batiste (100% cotton)
Notions: 18" invisible zipper; hook & eye; 1" wide twill tape; lace hem tape
Description: Silk empire waist tunic
I always get a little concern with the fit of the bodice with sewing tops that aren't knit and don't have front darts or princess seams. When I did my tissue fit, I saw that my usual size 14 would not provide enough ease through the bust area. I cut the bodice front in a size 16 to compensate for my full bust size and cut the back in a size 14. I also cut the yoke (shoulder piece) in a size 16 for additional length and cut the skirt part in a 14. I used cotton batiste to line both bodice pieces and also used it for the interfacing of the yokes.
I added a waist stay using twill tape because when I did a fitting, the waist felt like it wanted to ride up underneath my bra. Since I was working with the dupioni that ravels something awful, I used french seams. The instructions suggested a lapped zipper installation and 99% of the time when I make a top or a dress, I ALWAYS use invisible zippers. I haven't done it yet, but I do plan to add lingerie guards to keep my bra straps in place.
Overall, this was a very simple pattern that is well drafted and I hardly read the instructions.