Added Jun 15, 2010
This was so much fun to figure out!
I have officially become addicted to shopping for lace and trim on etsy.
I used 100% cotton (listed as cotton lining) for the body, all of the thick white lace and most of the the thin one from this order www.etsy.com/transaction/30065312, some reclaimed buttons (likely taken from a shirt before I tossed it), some poly hem tape to finish the armholes and thin elastic thread for the button loops.
This was mostly inspired by this top from Victoria’s Secret that I saw in Lucky Magazine.
Though, this is a really simple top, there were a ton of little things that made it take a long time. Attaching the armhole finishing and pressing those thin straps took the longest. I nearly lost some finger prints pressing such thin pieces of material!
I used a racer back tank top from Old Navy as a guide for cutting the top. I initially made it too boxy and had to take it in about an inch, tapering out the side seams. If I had fabric with more drape, I could have left it like that.
I attached the lace to the front exactly like I would attach facings, except with the intention for them to stay to the outside. I can already think of some changes to make in the order of construction next time. Like attaching the strap to the tape at the armhole for a cleaner finish and adding the lace across the top so that the raw edge is concealed.
All in all, VERY satisfying! I sometimes prefer these go with the flow projects to following patterns. I may try another one using some cotton jersey. That would be my second top for the pattern review contest complete!
lace, poly hem tape, cotton, elastic thread
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