This was an entirely unplanned little project that I ended up squeezing in at the end of a day’s sewing. I had been making baby tees for the new business called Maggs and Lowden that I have set up with my friend Hannah and was wearing this self drafted lace tee at the time.
It suddenly occured to me that the viscose jersey I was working with would couple really nicely with some of the cream lace I had left over in my stash! I love anything that involves cream lace and although there is a large selection of lace ready-to-wear items available on the high street I find that they tend to be pretty shiny and synthetic looking more often than not.
I didn’t have a set plan with the placement of the lace on the tee shirt and kind of let the circular pattern on the fabric decide that for me. Because I was just making it up as I went along I began by cutting out the whole front and back panels in the grey and then I aligned the lace on top so that the pattern was positioned centrally so that whatever I did would be even on both sides. With the pieces in front of me I decided to join the lace to the grey in raglan shaped style lines scalloping around the lace pattern. I attached the lace with a small zig-zag stitch and then just trimmed the grey away from the underside.
When I constructed this a few weeks ago I didn’t have my amazing cover stitch machine yet and my overlocker wasn’t working either so I used the stretch stitch on my regular sewing machine and a zig zag to finish off the inside side seams. The machine did a pretty good job! I used my twin needle on the hem to do ‘fake’ double chain and was pretty pleased with that result too. After that I applied a lace trim to the hem just cos I thought it would look cute and tie in nicely with the sleeves.
I have worn this numerous times already and have had more compliments on it than anything else I have ever sewn! I think I will be making a few of these up for birthday presents!
I generally wear this with my blue jeans and brown ankle boots but thought I would spare you yet another post of me in my regular jeans and add a splash of colour with my mint green ones and my pink converse. To throw in yet another pastel I added my lilac Cambridge satchel.
Have you ever had a random inspiration during a day at the sewing machine that turned into a favourite garment?
Thanks for reading!