When I got home I had a root through my pattern stash for something suitable. I was tempted to make yet another silk Emmeline Tee or Sutton Blouse but my wardrobe is already kind of overflowing with these styles (see here, here AND here) so I decided it was time for something different. I thought my stash hunt had come up short but then remembered to have a look through the unprinted PDF patterns I have saved on my computer and I came across the Double Layer Camisole from Salme Patterns which Elisa ever so kindly sent me as a thank you freebie last year. I can't believe it's taken me this long to sew it up as it's a style I'd be drawn to in RTW and I was really excited about sewing it. I think lack of a suitable fabric last summer meant it got put on the back burner and then pretty much forgotten about saved on my computer once the colder weather kicked in.
The pattern is super quick to sew even in silk and I love that the neckline doesn't require any fiddly binding or facing, the second layer of the cami gives you the clean edge (which is under stitched to keep the inside layer from rolling out). There are bust darts to sew in the two front pieces, then you sew the side seams, followed by the neckline (attaching the straps as you go) and then hem! If sewn in a straightforward fabric I'd definitely agree with it's 'beginner' skill rating.
The fiddliest part was definitely those skinny straps. A loop turner was absolutely essential for getting these babies turned out to the right side and even then it was a struggle. Make sure you trim the seam allowances down as small as you dare to go. The delicate result is definitely worth the effort though. I often find patterns come up a little long for me in the upper chest/shoulder area so I made sure to pin my straps in place and check the length before sewing. I didn't want to have to unpick that entire neckline! It was worth the extra time as I did take a couple of inches off and getting the placement of the straps spot on was a little tricky as they need to meet the neckline right at the tip of the neckline curve.