Added Mar 25, 2010
I made this top out of cotton quilting fabric and crochet lace. I saw a top with a similar style a few months ago and decided I wanted to make my own version of a romantic top for spring. This top took so long to make! The pattern was very difficult to draft because it has so many pieces and they all have to line up with the lace. I had to make two sample pieces in muslin to get it right.
It features crochet lace on the front seams and I used the crochet lace as the shoulder straps. I added a decorative panel on the back that I embellished with lace and gathered the back midriff piece into that decorative panel. I also used 1/2 fabric covered buttons up the front midriff which ended up looking better than the plastic shank buttons I had originally planned to use.
I made two versions of this top and I plan on making it in other fabric prints :D
I also made the jacket and shorts the model is wearing. The jacekt is made of very small wale corduroy and it’s lined with 100% cotton fabric. It also has fabric covered buttons up the front and a peter pan collar. The sleeves gather into the sleeve cuff and I twin stitched all of the seams to make them look cleaner. I based this jacket off of a vintage vest pattern. I modified the sleeve openings to draft a sleeve and changed the neckline in order to make a peter pan collar. I also took it in a little at the waist so that it would be more fitted.
The shorts are made out of cotton twill and feature a flat front, fly front zipper, front curved pockets and back slash pockets. The lining on the waistband and pocket bags are made out of a matching plaid…I wish I had better pictures of the shorts…
cotton fabric, 1 1/4 inch crochet lace, 1/2 inch crochet lace, fabric covered buttons
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