I ordered some lace from WhiteTree Fabrics and it arrived yesterday. It is beautiful.
It spent the evening on Janibob and everytime I walked past it reminded me of a Mantilla Veil. Hence the name for my blouse.
I have discovered something about me and lace….I always do my very best sewing! Remember my best ever sew…The Liverpool Trench?
Well, today was no different once I started sewing. I had decided on a blouse which I felt would work well with the drape of the fabric. It does have a slight stretch to it, however, it was a Lekala 5688 pattern and when I printed it off it looked massive……it is actually a perfect fit! So my spacial awareness is somewhat lacking!
I have taken a step by step record to prove that making a lace blouse is not tricky.
I used post-its to record which was the right side as I was not too sure and there was a slight difference! I zig-zag stitched around each piece before I started any construction.
I decided to use black cotton to underline the neck and sleeve facings. I zig-zag stitched them together making sure I did not stretch the lace.
I spent a lot of time on the floor with this blouse as the sleeves are joined on already.
I used lots of pins to keep the fabric together when stitching. I used my version of a hairline seam….I used the 1cm seam allowance on a very small zig-zag stitch. I then cut close to the seam.
I then did a wide zig-zag right on the edge to stop it fraying.
I decided to make the facing look like a yoke detail so after attaching it with lots of pins in use, I then sewed the facing down on the outside! I made sure it was neat!
I did the same on the sleeves but not on the tie belt. This is attached to the bottom of the blouse. I wondered if I would lose some of the stretch if I put it on the cotton. I sewed it on to the edge and then finished the seam. I left a slight gap which has just a turned hem to allow it to be tied. I am very pleased with it!
What a good sewing day!
Pattern Lekala 5688
Fabric: 2metres Lace chet from WhiteTree Fabrics and 0.3 metres of black cotton.
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As a fellow White Tree Fabric blogger you have set the bar extremely high!!!!!!
I simply love this. I love what you did with the yoke and am in awe that you didn’t use an overlocker which gives the rest of use hope!!
I don’t have one! And my sewing machine is 32 years old!! Thanks for your lovely comments…….however I am really looking forward to seeing what you make….I really loved your lace!
Very pretty! Thanks for using Lekala Patterns. 😉
Oh my! Are you Barbara???
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Maison Bentley Style said:
Love the fact it has a tie to the side as well..gorgeous! xxx
Thank you! I love it! Worn it again today……I think I am becoming a fabric snob! The better the fabric the better I sew! Has to be a good thing! Hope you are going to have another exciting weekend! I love reading about them!
Linda Pratt said:
Lovely lace blouse. I do like lace items, they look so feminine and are well worth the extra car it takes to sew. Nice idea with the facings too.