Created by: Ginid

My 1st Lace Top!

You Can Make This

Ginid made My 1st Lace Top! with:

The Essential Guide to Sewing With Lace

Online Class

The Essential Guide to Sewing With Lace

with Alison Smith

  • Stitched Lace & Polyester sheer for the lining. I wanted to make the lines as invisible as possible and so opted to create a double lining
  • so that no seams show
  • from the lace or the lining. It is extra work and requires a good bit of hand stitching

Q&A with Ginid

eepsers asked:
Really gorgeous!
Ginid answered:
Thank you. I have gotten a lot of compliments on it.
Katywg53 asked:
Very nice job. Looks quite professionally done. Beautiful color choice as well. Love it!
Ginid answered:
Thank you. It is a pleasure to wear, just glides on my skin.
Alison Smith asked:
This is really pretty and such a pretty have made it beautifully. Thank you so much for sharing this with everyone.
Ginid answered:
Thank you for demystifying lace and giving me the confidence to sew it.
Ashbreeze asked:
I agree! Beautiful color and beautiful stitching! The time you took was well worth it!
Ginid answered:
Thank you, it was time consuming, especially figuring out how to hem the double lining so it did not pouch...
AnitaDeborah asked:
Beautiful! Did you use a specific pattern for this beautiful top you made?
Ginid answered:
Yes, I used McCall's M7285 as my starting point. I am hippy and so dropped the length down by using the pattern pieces for views C & D. I used the sleeve pattern pieces for view A. You can also design a bell sleeve to change things up, using the upper sleeve as part of your template. I have also made this pattern with a very sheer fashion fabric for the top, in place of lace. It works as well as the lace and has a different beauty to it. Assemble your sleeves first. Tip: make sure the lace will lay where you like it to. I prefer the lace to be at my wrist. To do so, you will likely have to lengthen or shorten the upper arm, but no matter what, make sure the upper arm ends just below the elbow or longer if necessary. Also, if cutting the lace edge do this before you attach the bottom piece to the top piece, since once gathered this will be more difficult to do. A double lining on the inside is a great way to not have seam selvages show on the inside. I know you can do french seams, but the double lining allows me to use very fine fabrics that when placed together become opaque. Their fineness makes them feel so, so good when wearing. It feels down right luxurious when you slip one of these tops on. Also, another reason to use very fine fabrics is to allow the lace to move and lay beautifully when wearing. To create the double lining, cut two of each front & back. Assemble them. Assemble the lace body. Then drop one of the lining shells with the right side facing the wrong side of the lace (fashion fabric), attach by sewing the neck and armholes together (3/8 seam). Then attach the sleeves to both layers of fabric. After the sleeves are in, place the top as assembled so far, onto a mannequin (if you have), lace (fashion fabric) side out. Attach the remaining lining piece with right side facing the right side of the lace (fashion fabric), the selvage seams of the lining are facing you while on the mannequin, sew 5/8 inch seam attaching all three layers of fabric at the neck. Once attached, pull the lining into the inside. Iron the neckline down and sew down with either a slip stitch or machine stitch very close to the hemline. I prefer slip stitch. Now the lace sleeves and body are almost complete. Flip the inside of the garment out. Turn the attachment seam for the arm towards the body, cut where necessary (but not too close to edge) to allow it to lay smoothly on the main body piece. I hand sew it down with a herringbone stitch to the lining , making sure the stitch does not show on the outer lace (fashion fabric) side. Doing this extra step allows me to easily attach the inner lining at the sleeve creating a polished look. Once done, I pin the inner lining to the sleeve/shoulder edge, turning the hem inwards towards the other lining . You should now have a smooth edge at the sleeve/shoulder. I line up the inner lining carefully to the farthest edge, but where it is not seen when wearing the top. Then attach with a slip stitch. When done, in theory you could reverse the garment and wear the inside out, since there are no visible seam edges. Now the bottom hem. On the ironing board smooth the two inner linings together. I iron a hem onto the (lower) lining laying directly on the board then follow by lining up the (upper) lining to the lower lining. Pin and once I have done this all the way around, I simply hand sew the two hems together with a slip stitch, or use my machine-which if I do, the sewing line is no more than 3/16" away from the edge. Once that is done, place the top back on the mannequin and study the lace. You have several options. I sometimes use a different fancy lace edging (if I can color match) or I simply cut the lace where it would be attractive. Make sure the lace hangs below the lining. To do so, I advise cutting the lace body longer than the lining, to give you options. How long depends on your lace pattern. Or you can sew a simple straight hem. Once you finish, you are done! Slip into this fun top and enjoy the compliments, of which you will have many!!! The best part is you know no one is wearing such a beautiful top, in and out!