Monday, March 4, 2013

A Casually Chic Lace Top

A Casually Chic Lace Top by Made it on Monday

This was a guest post that I shared over at Kojo Designs back at the end of January. In case you missed it, here you go!

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I’ve been somewhat redefining my style and rebuilding my wardrobe since having a baby four months ago. My shape and size are different than before. And even though my days are consumed with nursing, potty training, wiping the dog’s paws and attempting to keep some order in our house, I want to look put together when running errands. This top finds a balance between practical-mommy-wear and trendy-cute with its lace front and jersey knit sleeves and back.

Supplies needed: lace, matching lightweight jersey knit, thread, bias tape. I picked up all my supplies at Joann’s for less than $15.

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I used two existing tops to create my pattern. The one on the left had the lace front that I wanted to recreate, and the one on the right had the sleeves I wanted.

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I started by tracing the lines of the lace on the first top and created a pattern for that portion of the top. I then lined it up on the second top, as well as another piece of paper and traced the sleeves as well as the back.

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I ended up with five pattern pieces—the the sleeves front and back, cuff of the sleeve (the width of the hem of both the front and back sleeve pieces by 4”), the front and back. If you don’t have an existing top like the ones I used, you can use another shirt that you like the fit of and just create the pattern pieces with the angled line from the armpit to the collar.

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Then I cut my pieces from the lace and knit.

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Sew the sleeve fronts to the lace, right sides together. I used my serger, but you can also use your regular machine with a small seam allowance. If you aren’t familiar with sewing with knits, I wrote a post about it HERE.

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Then sew the sleeve backs to the back, again right sides together. Follow that with sewing the front and back together, right sides together, first at the top of the sleeve up to the neckline, then from the sleeve cuffs, under the arms, down to the hem.

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The next step is one of my favorite ways to make a homemade top look professionally made. You can read a more in depth tutorial HERE about finishing touches on homemade clothes. But a quick overview—On both cuffs, fold it width wise and sew the two short ends together, right sides together. Fold in half length wise so the raw edges line up and the seams are hidden inside the cuff. Slip it over the right side of the sleeve with the folded edge going over the sleeve and the raw edges lining up with the shirt. You should have three layers of material around the whole sleeve.

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Sew the cuff on the sleeve.

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Fold it over and admire your beautifully made cuff.

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I then serged around the raw edge of the lace at the neckline, but you could either use a rolled hem or zig zag stitch on a regular machine. This is just to make a little something extra to attach the bias tape to since the lace isn’t a very strong/sturdy material.

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Sew the bias tape around the neckline. And you’re done! The lace already had a scalloped edge that I used at the hem, and the jersey knit won’t fray, so I didn’t worry about hemming the top.

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And now I have a neutral top that will look great with jeans or slacks. I can layer it with a white tank or I can mix things up and use a colored tank. The lace dresses it up while the knit keeps it comfortable. And I love the way it looks under a cardigan!

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  1. You already know this, but I LOVE THIS Jill! You do such a great job making clothes for yourself. :)

  2. Oh wow... I love this!! I may have to attempt this!

    I have to say... I love your blog so much. You always look so happy and have a smile that really shows the love of God in you! Love to see that. =)

  3. This is such an awesome redo! Just wanted to let you know that we'll be featuring this at Someday Crafts on Friday. I hope you'll stop by and check it out!

  4. Amazing. And Lovely.
    I so like this trend of bringing Lace back... it adds femininity and whimsy to pieces.
    One of those occasions I'm sorry I can't sew.
    Thank you for sharing,

  5. It looks beautiful! I've been wanting to add some lace pieces of clothing to my wardrobe, but I haven't found exactly what I want. I'm not the greatest seamstress . . . but I may just give this a try.

  6. I would like to try and just add some lace onto the bottom of some of my shirts to give them a little more length. Great pattern!

  7. I LOVE this! What a great way to spruce up tired shirts and tanks. I love that it even had a scalloped border. What brand of lace is this? Was it a stretch lace? Well done.

    1. Thank you! I am not sure what the brand is, but I bought it at Joann's. It isn't stretch, but because I used such a stretch knit for the rest of the shirt it's still very easy to get on and off and wear comfortably.

  8. I had a bunch of outdated clothes I was considering throwing out but I was hesitant because it'd all be a bit expensive to replace. I was browsing a few websites looking for patterns for a dress I wanna make when I happened across this page. That top looks great....I am definitely trying this. You may just have saved me quite a few hundred dollars and I'll still get the "new' clothes I want, thanks!

  9. this gave me tips to use some shirts I can find at goodwill a lazy type of art project for me I sew occasionally I like to save money too. and even my hard to please daughters will love these. my body is hard to stay one size. thank you for the tips I like to dabble. I'm so glad you like to help us who are intermediate and have low budgets.<3


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