A silk charmeuse blouse is part of my go-to uniform. Wash it in the machine. Dry it in the machine. It softens the sheen, softens the color too. With tighten up in weave and shrink some. Its a good idea if you plan to wash or dry silk, to do so before cutting.
Over time, the fabric takes on a beat up, worn because you love it look... and feel.
It transcends occasion. Wear it for breakfast, to a luncheon, for cocktails or dinner. Wear it to a business meeting. Wear it to walk the dog. Wear it to wedding with chiffon skirt. Wear it with jeans or with matching 4-ply silk pants. My favorite, and I'll write more on that later.
In my closet and sometimes hanging as samples in the store, I have 4 different colors of silk charmeuse blouses. All sewn using my tried-and-true long button down shirt pattern. All beaten by a year of machine washing, hot drying and comfortable wearing:
Two new silk charmeuse shirts that will be new, crisp and shiny in process in: