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One trick pony… another lace top

May 28, 2013 · 37 comments

Okay so I know there has been a LOT of lace around here recently but…

I made another lace top…oops!

Lace Collar Top

This was one of the garments that I made as part of my Little Paris Wardrobe and one of the ones I was actually able to wear in the un-seasonally chilly weather: with jeans, a woollen cardigan, a trench coat, a scarf and a brolley!- turns out it’s not just England that isn’t getting much of a Spring! Still, it’s hard to care about the weather when you’re in Paris drinking ‘vin rouge’!

I drafted the top from my block, keeping the bust darts but omitting any waist shaping for a relaxed comfy fit. Then I added a simple flat collar which is drafted exactly how you would draft a Peter Pan collar but has pointed corners rather than rounded ones. I love the traditional round Peter Pans but this seemed to work well too.

The idea of the top was born out of a couple of things. A banana republic lace tee that I have owned for a couple of years and lived in. I’m wearing it here under my little black jacket. It just seemed to be one of those go-to items to pop on with jeans and a cardi but as a consequence has definitely seen better days now! I also took inspiration from this Kate Spade top as I loved the contrast black collar. I blended the two together and am really happy with the result!

kate spade top with black collar

 

I am wearing the top here with a Kate Spade bag and a minty green cardigan from Benetton that I bought because the colour reminded me of so many of my favourite books! Turns out it’s an exact match. Cute!

Collar lace top with cardigan

 

Lace top black collar kate spade bag

I thought this quick little post would be a good chance to get some feedback on the idea I had of adding a collar drafting tutorial to the blog. The tutorial would show you how to add a flat collar to any garment with a round neckline- perhaps like the oh- so popular Colette Laurel?!

Do let me know below if this would be handy and if so I will be sure to whip one up and publish it here on the blog!

There will now be a brief hiatus on anything lace for a while I promise…

Thanks for reading as always!

Ami

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Gail May 29, 2013 at 12:41 am

No need to stop with the lace – it looks great! This little top is so perfect on you – I love it with the mint cardi too.

I’m always interested in any tutorial you have to offer – you are really a great teacher!
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amelialowden June 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Aw thanks Gail! Posting the collar tutorial this week :)
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Amy May 29, 2013 at 3:20 am

A tutorial would be great! I’m still new at the collar game, I’ll be posting a shirt with my first peter pan collar soon.
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amelialowden June 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Ah nice! I will look forward to seeing that! Will be adding the tutorial v soon :)
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Nicole May 29, 2013 at 5:54 am

I’m having major garment envy right now! this is such a sweet little top, shape is quite similar to the Colette sorbetto. These pointy collars always remind me of Audrey Hepburn in Paris when it sizzles :-)

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amelialowden June 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Aww I love that film- and her clothes in it are soo gorgeous- that orangey dress she wears! Swoon!
Yep it is very similar to Sorbetto actually! That would definitely be a good candidate for adding a collar to! :)
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Pauline May 29, 2013 at 7:44 am

Really cute top love the contrasting collar
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amelialowden June 10, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Thanks Pauline! :)
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Clipped Curves May 29, 2013 at 7:45 am

I’d defo bookmark a collar tute! Lovely top works well with pastels.

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amelialowden June 10, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Thanks! Yep- I think that the black collar makes it work well with pastels as it stops things looking to washed out! :)
Tutorial is coming up!
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Sam May 29, 2013 at 7:47 am

That is a gorgeous top, I’d love a tutorial.

I hope you had a lovely time in Paris despite the weather.
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amelialowden June 10, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Thanks Sam! I’ll be adding the tutorial this week. Paris was absolutely lovely thanks, weather didn’t matter at all! :)
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Louise May 29, 2013 at 8:47 am

The different collar shape really makes a statement. I’ve been drafting collars for childrenswear and have been wondering if the exact same principle applies so any insight would be great.
Louise x
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amelialowden June 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Thanks Louise!
I LOVE that little blue top you made Honey- and she is adorable!!:)
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Gale May 29, 2013 at 9:01 am

I love this top.
I am new to sewing and blogs, any tutorials are really helpful.
May I say, I have been following your blog for a little while, I think everything you have made is amazingly beautiful.
Look forward to seeing/reading the tutorial.
Kind Regards

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amelialowden June 10, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Aw thanks so much Gale!
I hope you are enjoying sewing so far! I will be putting up the collar tutorial this week! :)
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Kessem May 29, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I love the shirt!! I could never get tired of lace. How did you finish the armholes?
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amelialowden June 10, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Hi Kessem! Thanks so much :)
I nearly always finish my armscyes with bias binding used as facing. So its stitched on as one would normally stitch on binding but then its folded under and stitched to the wrong side of the garment. I am adding a bias binding tutorial soon so I will include this technique in that- very handy one for lots of garments! :)
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Michelle May 29, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Very pretty! You can never have too much lace imo :)

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amelialowden June 10, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Yep – I love lace! :)
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Ginger May 29, 2013 at 1:59 pm

This is ADORABLE! I love it on you, especially with the mint cardigan. Your shoes are ridiculously cute, too!
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amelialowden June 10, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Thanks Ginger! :)
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Juli May 29, 2013 at 3:11 pm

I just came across your blog from a pin of your version of the Colette Clovers on Pinterest. Your blog is so cute and you are really talented! I love your version of the Clovers and this top is really beautiful too! The contrast with the dark collar and the light lace is gorgeous… And it can go with so many things! :-)
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amelialowden June 10, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Thanks Juli- just popped over to your blog and I LOVE that chambray blue top you made with the white piping- so cute!! Will be following your blog from now on! :)
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Lesley May 29, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Beautiful top, would love a tutorial on how to add a collar.

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amelialowden June 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Thanks Lesley! Tutorial coming up! :)
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Ann Sinclair May 30, 2013 at 12:10 am

This top is a little beauty and the fab contrast collar just adds a little ‘je ne sais quoi’. Glad you enjoyed Paris – fabulous city whatever the weather. I would love if you could do a flat collar tutorial. I would definitely try this – it would give a new twist to so many old favourite patterns. Ann x

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amelialowden June 10, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Thanks Ann! I will be adding the tutorial this week- you are so right, such a good way to add some interest to favourite patterns! :)
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Michelle May 30, 2013 at 3:15 pm

So cute; I can see why you made another version! With the black and white, it pairs so well with colors and jeans. Sewing tutorials are always great. I’ve been sewing for many years, but always enjoy reading new/better ways of doing things and just seeing a photographed process by others. That’s something I’m terrible about doing on my own blog!
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amelialowden June 10, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I completely agree- always good to see how other people do things isn’t it! Do seem to be the hardest type of blog post to do regularly tho- it’s hard to know what other people will find helpful! :) will be adding the collar one this week :)
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Krista May 30, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Never apologize for more lace tops! :) I would love a collar drafting tutorial! And love how you pointed the collar here. What a cute little twist!

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amelialowden June 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Thanks Krista!
I am putting up the collar tutorial this week:)
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Kim May 31, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Love it love it love it! Whst a great collar idea. This bouse can be worn with almost everything. I’m off to the fabric store today for some lace (second trip this week). And wow, you have pippa/Kate shoes – impossible to get in the u.s.!!

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amelialowden June 10, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Aw thanks Kim! Yep I love Kate and Pippa shoes!! Russell and Bromley still have some- not sure if the ship to U.S. but may be worth checking out!
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AdjuaP June 7, 2013 at 8:04 am

Love the top. As others mentioned reminded me of the Colette Sorbetto but with collar. Would really appreciate the collar tutorial – great way to make a basic top more special. Just started blogging myself – http://www.adjuasews.wordpress.com

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amelialowden June 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Thanks! Yep hopefully people will be able to use Sorbetto or Laurel as a base for the collar tutorial- would also work well on your lovely vintage shift dress pattern! Lovely blog :)
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Rachel July 3, 2013 at 11:22 am

This top is goooooooorrrrrggggggeeeeooooouuussss!!!! I totally want to make one for myself! I love the lace fabric too!
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