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Grey Lace Tee

May 25, 2014 · 41 comments

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Have you ever had a random inspiration during a day at the sewing machine that turned into a favourite garment?

Thanks for reading!

 

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Lady Stitcher May 25, 2014 at 6:42 pm

This is gorgeous! The quality of that lace is fabulous.
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amelialowden May 27, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Ah thank you! :)
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Emma May 25, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Wow Ami this is GORGEOUS!! I had admired this top in your last video so I am really thrilled you have shared how you made it, thanks so much for the inspiration, I love your minty jeans….where are they from if you don’t mind me asking!!!! Xx

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Angela May 26, 2014 at 9:53 am

That is really simple but gorgeous. Where do you buy your lace from? Good luck with your new business venture, I’ll be looking out for it.

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amelialowden May 27, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Thanks Angela! I got this lace from a trade supplier who have luckily just opened and website for home dressmakers called whitetree fabrics. They sell loads of beautiful lace :)
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amelialowden May 27, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Thanks Emma! The jeans are from Gap :)
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Debbie Iles May 25, 2014 at 7:39 pm

So pretty! There is so much I love about the top. The lace is divine, and I agree with you on the quality of lace in many RTW. In fact, I find myself overly critical with most RTW fabrics, just purely because I am a big fabric snob and get my hands on gorgeous quality to sew myself. I love the way you finished the sleeve cuff/hems. Thanks for the inspiration!
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amelialowden May 27, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Aw thanks Debbie, I am the same! I like something on first glance and then get so picky once I have inspected it further! Nothing wrong with being fabric snobs tho! Hehe!
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Joanne May 25, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Looks really lovely. Just had my own first disastrous attempt at using a twin needle on a Colette Moneta – a tutotial or video on that would be brilliant!

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amelialowden May 27, 2014 at 9:44 pm

No trouble Joanne, great suggestion!
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jessica May 25, 2014 at 9:09 pm

I love this! I’ve been on a Belcarra kick lately, and lace sleeves would work nicely with that pattern. Thanks for the inspiration! :-)

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amelialowden May 27, 2014 at 9:44 pm

You are welcome :) and thanks!
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Caroline Joynson May 25, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Wow This is really gorgeous. I think it would look cool with a contrasting vibrant colour lace with grey marl tee material. You are one talented little lady!
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amelialowden May 27, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Ah yep I like that idea- would give it a nice sporty, summery feel! :)
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Amy Beeton May 25, 2014 at 10:31 pm

wow ami I love this. You look amazing. it really suits you. its made me think twice about using lace. xxx

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amelialowden May 27, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Ah thanks Amy! Yep give lace a shot- cotton lace like this is so easy to work with too!
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carlalissa May 25, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Love your ideas, inspirations, and video tutorials.

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amelialowden May 27, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Ah thank you! :)
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Faye May 25, 2014 at 11:14 pm

Gorgeous! You always have such lovely ideas
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amelialowden May 27, 2014 at 9:46 pm

AH thanks Faye! :)
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Katie May 25, 2014 at 11:28 pm

That is so pretty! Scraps of lace are so great for adding little details to a tee. Exciting about your business, wish you luck with it.

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amelialowden May 27, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Ah thanks Katie :)
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spanky May 26, 2014 at 7:48 am

I love your quick creation. It looks great.
You have given me an idea for some of the lace scraps I have.
You are very creative.
Spanky

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amelialowden May 27, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Ah I am glad to hear it! thanks! :)
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Zoe - floral and feather May 26, 2014 at 9:42 am

Love the grey and lace mix! Looks really great :)
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amelialowden May 27, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Thanks Zoe! :)
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Tialys May 26, 2014 at 9:56 am

A very pretty outfit. The lace really lifts the grey jersey.
Thanks again for the pattern hack for the Reglisse by the way – I didn’t have the pattern but bought it once I knew I could use it for both dress and blouse. I’ve made a toile for the blouse in cheap fabric – just to make sure the size is right – and your instructions were spot on.
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amelialowden May 27, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Ah yay! I am so happy to hear that! :) Its a lovely pattern isn’t it- I love how sturdy the deer and doe paper is! :)
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coco May 26, 2014 at 2:49 pm

What a great tee! I love how you laid the lace on top of the fabric at the top of the bodice. Such nice work!

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Ashlie May 27, 2014 at 2:10 pm

This is lovely! I’ll definitely be making a purchase when you launch! Xx

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amelialowden May 27, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Ah thanks Ashlie! :)
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Ginger May 27, 2014 at 4:13 pm

This is SUPER cute! It’s really unexpected to see a sporty raglan-style top with lace details. Fantastic idea!
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amelialowden May 27, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Ah thanks! :)
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poppykettle May 29, 2014 at 8:31 am

It’s gorgeous! I love it :)

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Maxi May 29, 2014 at 2:19 pm

I love this! It looks great – some people are in for some lovely birthday pressies! Good luck with your collection :)

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Katherine May 29, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Where did you get that lace? You have the prettiest lace always. I am visiting London in July and I will doing looking for fabrics….so if you have any suggestions of where I MUST go I would be grateful.
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Ann Sinclair June 1, 2014 at 11:00 am

This top is fab. I want one, my daughter wants one, my sister wants one. Absolutely love it.
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Katalin June 9, 2014 at 11:46 am

Very cute! Love your ideas!

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Sarah July 5, 2014 at 12:25 am

This top looks beautiful, really inspiring too

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Joan November 5, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Bee-utiful lady! Well done on the top, very simple and eye-catching.

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Chelsea May 5, 2015 at 9:29 pm

I love this top so much and love how you paired it with pastels. You have great style!
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