Remember last November when I wanted to pair this piece of guipure lace with some very fine merino slub knit and wasn’t sure if the lace and fabric matched enough? I decided they did, and also to quit nitpicking and make the top. I’m in love with this piece of lace, it’s not “lacy” but still very feminine.
I used Jalie 2794, a favorite. Like so many of my tops this summer, I extended the shoulder into flanges rather than actually deciding to go sleeveless. Do you see the problem here? I unpicked, adjusted, and re-positioned the fabric as many times as I dared and the front lace trim still stood out like that. I tried to convince myself it was a design feature but it wasn’t. It was simply not working.
I had a brainwave last week- I’d simply trim away part of the lace. I picked up my embroidery scissors and carefully snipped away the top “row” in the lace. Guipure is like that- you can trim bits and pieces away to make another shape or width of lace without it coming unraveled. (Sorry about the bed shot, I couldn’t get any good detail pictures of it on me when we did photos. I don’t know what’s up with the fluted edges, either. It looks fine on, that’s what matters.)
To attach this lace to the shirt, I put the neck binding on the top of the front piece as I would for any other version of this shirt. Here’s the “tricky” part- I then positioned the lace on top of the binding and stitched it on with a loose zig-zag stitch. Then I put the rest of the shirt together. It’s a simple feature, but effective.
She’ll be a lovely layering piece come winter- but the lace kicks it up from “thermals” category to “pretty top peeking out from under a little cardi but it doesn’t look as flimsy as a regular undershirt.” I suppose it’s my way of doing underwear as outerwear, though I could see wearing this alone on days I’m feeling “uber-femme.”
The best part? I have enough of this merino left to make something dainty and delectable for a Blank Canvas Tee hack in the foreseeable future (but not Feb, I have something truly delightful planned for Feb…). This fabric is ridiculously soft, when I reach for it I think “ooooh yeah, that’s the one!”
How do you work lace into your sewing? Do you like lace? What about “not lacy” lace?