Supply Info ~
2 yards of lace embroidered fabric from Metro Textiles purchased in 2014
1/4 yard of lace from the collection
1/4" purchased bias binding
1/8" white ribbon
Construction Info ~
For this Montrose top, I cut a size 24 right out of the envelope. I made two changes to the pattern. One - I shortened the top at the lengthen/shorten lines. It's because I want it to hit the top of my skirt(s). The second change was to the sleeves. I no longer just have fat biceps, I have fat upper arms. So I used the wide bicep sleeve and instead of cutting it as the pattern suggests, I straightened the sleeve down to the elbow length line on both sides.
(Used the dark background to adequately showcase the fabric)
I used a size 70 needle to sew this top. The straight stitch foot and plate on my sewing machine and a very small stitch so that I was laying more thread in the seamlines. This was necessary due to all of the lace in the fabric.
Since the fabric was so delicate and sheer, I added 1/8" ribbon trim to some of the openings. It just struck me that the fabric was sheerer than I wanted it to be. Of course I didn't have any ribbon trim on hand so I had to make a Michaels run to purchase some. BTW I HATE that! LOL! I'm pretty anal about having all of my supplies together before starting a project.
The sleeves were cut from a separate piece of lace from the collection that I honestly have no idea where it's from since I've cut on it before. It will go back on the shelves to wait it's turn to be an accent on a future garment since there is about a yard and a half left.
The final aspect of the project was to add the lace that bound the fabric to the hem of the top. Again a fiddly piece that took time but adds so much to the top. I think the finished project was worth all of the extra effort though.
A few pics ~
Wearing the top with a linen skirt that I made
almost two decades ago!
I liked this top especially after I paired it with the right bottom. I will be adding more of these to my wardrobe because as usual Cashmerette Patterns fit all of my wardrobe needs.
Up next on the blog will be the Simplicity Wrap Skirts.
...as always more later!