Our FW17 collection is all about drama and romance, and as my design process progressed earlier this year, I kept reminding myself of this and asking myself if there was anything I could do to increase the drama of each piece. The Odette Top, of everything in the collection, probably benefited from my instance on drama the most. The high neck and front pleats give the top a refined, romantic elegance, and the inclusion of both split sleeves and a split hem provide some next-level drama.
After designing my first prototype of the Odette, pleats and flutters and slits included, I realized it was perfect — except for the fact that with the high neck, there was no way to possibly get it on! A pretty embarassing mistake to make, yes, but one easily fixed by three vintage mother-of-pearl buttons dotting the back: the perfect romantic touch to a stunner of a blouse.
- 70% cotton / 30% silk voile from the USA
- Designed, cut, and sewn in Arkansas, USA
- Slightly fitted, slightly boxy top with front pleats and split hem
- High banded neckline with three-button closure on back
- Fluttery short sleeves split at the shoulder
- Measures 23" long from shoulder
- Hand wash cold, line dry, warm iron as needed (learn more about garment care here)
This top is made of a 9mm cotton/silk blend voile milled in the USA. The fabric is delicate and slightly transparent with an elegant drape and a subtle sheen.
The floral print is a custom Margu print that I designed with inspiration from a vintage French floral fabric from the 1940s I came across this spring. I loved the slight abstraction in the curves of the flower petals and the leaves of print, and I took those basic curve shapes as my baseline as I drew and colored the print on the computer.
The fabric was custom-printed in the USA just for us with reactive dyes. It has a deep green, almost-black background with bright red, yellow, and ivory flowers and sage green leaves. The fabric pairs well with black, cream, and any of the colors featured in the print, but I especially love it paired our Holly Berry Silk Noil or a similar scarlet red.
In addition to the fabric, this top uses cotton thread, three vintage mother-of-pearl buttons, organic cotton interfacing, and organic cotton labels.
Take a look at our Size Guide to find your size.
The Odette is most fitted in the bust, so use that measurement when determining your size. The style runs true to size, but I recommend sizing up if you're in between sizes.
Sophie is wearing a size 4 and is 5'9" with a 36" bust, 28" waist, and 38" hip.