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Victorian Gothic Black Lace Top

Added Jan 15, 2014

by lanternwaste33

Pascagoula, Miss...






I drafted my own pattern for this one! I had a design in my mind, and couldn’t find a pattern that looked anything like it: so I pulled out my scissors and started cutting out my own.

I was inspired by Victorian/Steampunk; and actually, by a collection of black lace that I had amassed over the years. It just seemed to be screaming out to be made in to something Gothic!

The hardest part was getting the gathered front body pieces pinned under the scalloped lace yoke edge to attach the two. The pointe d’esprit lace had a knit-stretch to it, so it was slipping away from me.
The stand-up lace collar needed some buttons to close it in the back, and I found two lonely little black & silver oval buttons in my button-box that were just perfect! I used black satin ribbon loops instead of button-holes.

The top turned out really nicely, and it looks really cute for spring/summer over a tank top and tucked in to a skirt or pants.

Material Notes

Black pointe d’esprit (“mustard-seed”) lace fabric, Black Alencon lace fabric, Black scalloped 2" wide lace, Black 1" wide lace, Black Double-sided Insertion Lace, Black Satin 1/4" Ribbon, Two Black & Silver Oval Shank Buttons, Thread.




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Goth/Gothic Lolita, Rock, Romantic, Steampunk, Victorian
Knits/Jersey, Lace/Sequins



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    Jan 16, 2014, 02.26 PMby sewing fanatic

    pretty top

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    Jan 16, 2014, 10.57 AMby pambox

    This is gorgeous, and I love that it’s not too fussy – it can be dressed up or down and will still look great.

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    Jan 15, 2014, 07.00 PMby SassyT

    One word. Stunning! Sassy Sewing Bees https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees

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    Jan 15, 2014, 04.21 PMby MojoHollz

    This is very lovely, I really like how you incorporated so many different laces and yet they all look like they belong together! Do I see 5 different laces?

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      Jan 15, 2014, 05.46 PMby lanternwaste33

      You sure do! I had so many that I wanted to use for different parts, that I ended up going with using them all! I had seen some Edwardian/1900s blouses that used multiple lace trimmings and it made me go “Why didn’t I think of that before?”. :)

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    Jan 15, 2014, 02.11 PMby JLJoy

    I love this!!

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