Lace inserted, wash, dried, and worn most of the weekend- SpinalAce Top. I’ve been working with cut-on flutter sleeves this month, playing with both the shape of the drape and “volume.” The Lacewing Tee is this month’s hack of the BCT and has longer, fuller sleeves.
Despite the dozens of fancy lace insertion ideas swimming around my brain, I couldn’t forget this image and gave in to it. That meant I had to let go of the steep v-shape I used on Lacewing. I’m sure it would work just fine to do it on the V, but I wanted a top very close to this shape.
I had to mark the lines for the lace insertion very carefully, but I think it was worth it because I’m pleased with the end result. I can wear a top like this with most of my other clothes. On the blouse illustration, the lace appears to wrap all the way around the top, but I had another idea-
Side note: A commentator asked if I would need a camisole beneath this top. I don’t think so, because the insertions are so narrow I’m not showing off my underwear. I hate seeing others’ underwear in pubic, so I keep an eye out for showing my own. It would depend on the fabric and the lace and the individual wearer’s preferences.
Once I finished the insertions, the rest of the top went together very quickly- almost instant gratification.
I’m wearing a velcro hair bump thing like Lilli at Frocks and Frou Frou. I love her hair! It’s shocking how easily these slip in and stay put. I like big hair but I don’t like to tease it, so it’s perfect to add a little shape to my hair. I used a few hairpins to secure some loose ends, tied a grosgrain ribbon around it and I was ready to go. I’m experimenting with other styles…
I wanted to leave the edges of the sleeves raw so it would ripple and roll with age, but again the fabric had other ideas. It looked sad and neglected, so I overlocked the edge and pressed it under for a narrow hem. The fabric is thin, but substantial enough that it appreciates a tiny hem. I’m hoping this top will soften deliciously as it ages, as linen wovens do.
Lace insertion is loooovely- not just for christening gowns, tea towels and lingerie. This is a utility garment, mommy clothes, casual wear but soft and lacy rather than severe or schlubby. At least, that’s where I’m aiming.
If you’d like to play with some of this same cotton-linen (1.5m fabric, 1.5m each wide and narrow insertion) or the lace fabric I used for Lacewing, take a look at the “40’s Charm or Cheongsam” Giveaway. I’m entering names in a spreadsheet for each “point,” then two names will be chosen at random. The name with the most points gets first dibs.
Here’s a shot of a muslin of something I’m working on but isn’t ready to blog yet but I’m super excited so I can’t resist showing you all:
What’s that you say, Sybil? But Edith told me I could borrow it…
Next post: A little neckline drafting…