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Silk + Sudley

Megan Nielsen Sudley sewing pattern // Version 1 in silk crepe de chine

I’m sure I am the only one who notices these things – but it has been ages since I’ve shared a new make here! The reason is I have been working like a dog behind the scenes developing new patterns, and making samples for our next lookbook shoot. Phew. At times it’s felt a lot like my head is spinning and I’m not quite in control. I hate that feeling! Add to that the fact that I broke a toe a month ago (if you have been reading this blog for a few years,  you’ll know I’ve done this 3 times before. CLUTZ) and then sewed through my finger, and well, let’s just say it’s been interesting! So yeah, you are probably going to see me in a lot of flat shoes for the next few handmade style posts LOL. Like for this post, with my new silk Sudley blouse!

Megan Nielsen Sudley sewing pattern // Version 1 in silk crepe de chine
Megan Nielsen Sudley sewing pattern // Version 1 in silk crepe de chine

Anyway, so excited to share with you one of my favourite Sudley blouses! This one has been in deep rotation in my closet. Honestly, I didn’t expect that, because I tend to shy away from purple – it’s not a colour I naturally gravitate to, but the fabric was so fabulous I couldn’t help myself from using it. I’m glad I gave it a try because it’s really nice for a change!

I actually bought it at G Street fabrics in Virginia before we moved back to Perth. That’s how long I’ve been hoarding it. The thing I love about G Street is that they have seriously awesome discounts every now and then, and on that particular shopping trip I just went nuts buying gorgeous silks at 50% off. Pathetic I am.

Megan Nielsen Sudley sewing pattern // Version 1 in silk crepe de chine

I made Version 1, the blouse with above elbow sleeves and peter pan collar. Though I ran out of fabric because of poor cut planning, so I didn’t do ties, I used a hook and eye closure instead. I like the clean look it gives it, I’ll definitely be doing that again! Version 1 is probably the most versatile out of all the variations – it works just as well tucked in as it does hanging loose like I’m wearing today. With a pair of jeans like this, it’s casual, but when tucked into a fitted skirt it’s great for work or going out. I love garments that fit into life well.

In other news, I had a little hair update! I’ve had my blonde balayage for quite some time, so I made a little change to a copper ombre, and I seriously love it! Sometimes it’s so nice to have a change when the seasons change, and with winter on the doorstep here in Perth, the darker look is a nice change.

Megan Nielsen Sudley sewing pattern // Version 1 in silk crepe de chine
Megan Nielsen Sudley sewing pattern // Version 1 in silk crepe de chine

[Make this look]

Blouse: Megan Nielsen Sudley // Get the pattern + similar fabric
Jeans: Country road // Similar pattern + similar fabric + rip those knees babes!
Shoes: Saltwater sandals in natural leather


Here’s the full list of Sudley posts and tutorials:

Here are a couple of posts you also might find useful:

A few great variations you might like to try:

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About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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8 years ago

It looks so good. I love that purple color with the new hair color :) Hope your toe and finger feel better soon!

Jackie Sumerfield
8 years ago

I love the simple shape and collar. I broke my toe last summer, it took ages to feel right. Are those saltwater sandals on your feet? Great shoes, I have a red pair! Jackie

8 years ago

The hair is beautiful and it suits you – and so does that lovely purple silk! Heal wellxxx

8 years ago

This is so lush in silk! It really dresses up the style!

8 years ago

I absolutely love your fabric! Hope you’ll feel better soon!