Butterick 6182: DIY Sandwashed Silk Boxy Top

Butterick 6182 sandwashed silk boxy top (worn with skirt from same pattern)
Hi Friends,

This here is my second version of Butterick 6182. My first version can be seen here. I have worn the first version quite a bit and I had this smallish length of sandwashed silk in my stash (a rare eBay find!) and I thought it would be nice to make a dressier version to wear out. Incidentally, the skirt I am wearing with the top comes from the same pattern. I don’t love the skirt for some reason but whatevs, I put it on for these photos! (On sewing list: make new denim skirt that I love).

Butterick 6182 sandwashed silk boxy top (worn with skirt from same pattern)
Not much else to say about this top – I did a review with the first version. The only alterations I made were to add 0.5 inch to either end of the sleeve bands to give myself 1 inch extra around the arms and to drop the armhole opening by 0.5 inch. I french seamed the centre front/ back seams and shoulder seams and serged the side seams/ armhole bands. Here are some inside pictures:

Butterick 6182 sandwashed silk boxy top – inside – you can just see the french seamed shoulder and centre front seam.

Butterick 6182 sandwashed silk boxy top – inside – french seamed centre front and should seams and overlocked side seams and armhole bands.
And here is how I wore the top with my white linen twill Butterick 6179 culottes, as shared on my instagram. I wore this outfit last Friday night to a retirement function for my husbands colleague.

Butterick 6182 sandwashed silk boxy top worn with linen twill butterick 6179 culottes.
This is such a great outfit because it is simple lines done in lux fabrics: breathable, comfortable and stylish. What more could a girl want?

See you soon!


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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

24 thoughts on “Butterick 6182: DIY Sandwashed Silk Boxy Top

  1. Lovely new top. Love how you styled it for the retirement function. And I also love both of those necklaces! I’m on a mission to eventually (soon, I hope) sew a new denim skirt too.

  2. I love that top and it’s perfect with the culottes! I’ve been eyeing that pattern, but not sure about the skirt. Maybe I’ll try the top, after seeing how cute it is on you. : )

    1. Thanks Lizzie. The culottes are great but I am going to try a simplicity pattern for culottes next time round. I do love these but be warned they are fulll and use a fair bit of fabric.

      1. I’ve made two pairs of the Vogue 9091 culottes so far and really like them. I rarely duplicate patterns, so that’s says something! 😄

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