Finished Object: Lacewing Top + Hack + Lace Fabric Giveaway (Closed)

Here she is- the top I named Lacewing.  The sleeves on this draft have a certain “swoop” that reminds me of a Lacewing, and the fabric itself reminds me of delicate insect wings, or butterfly scales, or some kind of gentle animal.

We spent the afternoon at the Botanic Gardens by the river the other day and I managed to sneak in a photo shoot.  I can’t believe we never took photos there before!

On the riverbank near the mangrove boardwalk.  According to a plaque we found, Brisbane is Australia’s only capital city to boast a mangrove boardwalk.  There’s 6 capital cities in Australia, and as far as I know several of them are land-locked… At any rate, it’s cool and green and smells like clean river, so I’m a fan.

Remember how I had to piece the back when I cut it out?  I thought I took care to cut it so the pattern would match after sewing, but the fabric had other ideas.  Naturally, when I sewed a sample 3-thread French seam yesterday, the pattern matched by chance.  Why doesn’t it want to when *I* want it to?

Once out of the mangroves, we climbed trees.  I paired the Lacewing Top with my Hemp Hurricane skirt- lovely and breezy for a lazy summer afternoon.  Hemp tends to repel rather than attract dirt, it’s a tough fiber, and I can bleach it in the sun so I didn’t worry too much about climbing trees.

Then we rested on the Platypus bench by the marina.  It’s funny how my red and aqua pieces pick up the colors of the boats- it must be subconscious color-matching on my part.

You can find the hack for this tee here and on the Blank Canvas Tee page.  The hack is for this top only- though I edited out the “swoop” you can see on my top.  The hack’s sleeves are nice and level.  It also explains how to make less full sleeves.  Unlike the other hacks, this one features color photos.  Better or no?

Can you see me?

I started working on the insertion version today and the fabric wasn’t just talking to me, it SHOUTED.  What could I do but obey?  I took a few photos of progress, one is in the header but I messed around with it even after that.  I can’t wait to finish it and show you!  The pattern will be out on Craftsy next week.

Now, speaking of fabric and hacks- I have a game!  I’ve been thinking about it for a little while, I do hope you want to play.

Like so, so many of us creative types, I use pinterest to collect inspiration images.  A week or so ago, I noticed I was *really* attracted to both Cheongsam/Qipao cuts as well as ruched-with-yokes 40’s designs.  I am equally happy to do either for April’s Hack.

The Cheongsam offers a range of possibilities for both embellishment and layering while 40’s ruching is ten kinds of pretty.  I like ruching; it creates curves where none exist for those who would like to have them, and for others the ruching smooths out bumps and flatters the figure.  Everyone wins.  I will use the most popular pins as the springboard for next month’s pattern and hack.  The Cheongsam is simpler to execute than the 40’s ruching, but either will suit.

Some of you have already found the Cheongsam or 40’s Charm? board I made.  For a chance to enter the fabric giveaway you can do several things:

  1. Like a pin on the Cheongsam or 40’s Charm board.  You can earn up to 5 points doing this, and double points for leaving a comment about what you like about it.  I am counting all likes and comments from when I first made the board.
  2. Re-pin the badge for this giveaway.  3 points.
  3. Link to this post on facebook or twitter, and tell me in the comments below.  This is 2 points each.
  4. Make a post about this giveaway on your blog for 5 points.
  5. Tell me in the comments below that you’ve never won one of my giveaways and you WANT this one- 3 points.
  6. Tell me you live outside the United States- 3 points.  Sorry, Americans!  Take it up with the US Postal Service for charging ridiculous rates so they can delay and open all packages entering the country.

I add your name to a spreadsheet then do the random number generator thing.  I will choose two names at random and then the name with the most points gets first dibs.  Giveaway/voting closes on April 7 at 6pm my local time.  Sound good?

The prize is 1.5m of looooooovely textured linen-cotton jersey and 1.5m each of wide and narrow cotton insertion lace *or* 2.0m of the cotton-nylon lace I used for Lacewing.  Anyone may enter (even if you’ve won before), but I must warn you that parcels to the United States have been very slow or just plain old disappeared lately.  I don’t know what to do about it except hope for the best and buy insurance next time.

If you don’t have pinterest and you want to play, email me and I’ll hook you up.


    • Thanks hearthie. :) Some of the photos came out looking like some kind of bridal shoot, was weird… I thought the red and turquoise would help cut it, but not entirely…

    • Thanks! I know, right? I latched on to red, whites, and aquas for summer because I was seeing it *everywhere* and it got inside my head… Now I match boats.

  1. Oh, yay! I want to make this so much—fabric picked out and everything. Time, however, may be an issue. Poop. :(

    Love the coordinating boats. :)

    • The lace fabric is from spotlight near my house (Oddly, they have quite a bit of pretty lace at the moment), the linen-cotton jersey came from The Fabric Store, and the lace insertion from Lincraft in the Myer Centre.

  2. I’ve NEVER won one of your giveaways and I WANT to win this one because it’s G-G-Gorgeous. :-) Thanks for the opportunity. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

  3. What a soft and beautiful top. I started a pinboard with different tee ideas to knock off and one had sleeves a lot like this. (And I love lacewings–there are these stunning shimmery blue ones that land on my vines a lot. I keep trying to photograph, they keep fluttering away…)

  4. Yay! I love the top! I actually have “lace top” on my (very short) list of Things to Sew for Spring, and I’m SO happy you’ve done this hack.

  5. okay, it’s fabulous.
    BTW, I mentioned you on my blog for one of those blog award things…but mostly so I could share some of my favorite reads!

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  7. So beautiful! And not too dainty/delicate/frilly, just enough lace. The 3-thread serged French seam is definitely a trick I’ll be trying to weight lighter fabrics, though I may have to resort to a couple lines of straight stitching if my serger goes on strike.

    • Thanks, Lavender.. I hope the 3-thread goes well for you, but lines of straight stitching would definitely help stabilize the seam, too.

  8. I am loving your lace hack and the red accessories and lipstick and your aqua shoes just make it ‘pop’. I have linked to your post on facebook, I live outside of the US and I have not won, one of your giveaways before but I have had fun trialling your BCT hack patterns :) Love your giveaway!

    • Awesome! I added all your points. This game is so much fun, I’m glad you all wanted to play. :)

      It looks like the cheongsam isn’t as popular as ruching, but I have a similar styled idea for a layering turtleneck… I might slip it in there in May or June because I’ll need layering pieces.

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  10. Hey Steph,

    I have NEVER won anything on your blog and I really, really, really, reallyreallyreally wanna.

    I did the following:

    1. I liked a chenogsam pin on your board AND left a comment (my name is Tina Crossgrove)
    2. I put the badge on my blog (in a post) AND I wrote a post about the give away:
    3. I linked to this post on twitter:!/tinapickles/status/186651044724486145
    4. I linked to this post on facebook:

    Thanks Steph!


  11. Hi Steph,

    I really like the all white outfit in this post. The belt and lipstick really pop.

    I’ve never won one of your giveaways and I want this one :)
    I’ve Pinterested my heart out-ruching all the way!
    I’ve repinned your badge.
    I’ve tweeted and Facebook liked.
    I live in Australia.

    Fingers crossed. I hope I win.


  12. I haven’t won one of your giveaways and I would love this fabric. I LOVE this top. It’s super feminine with a skirt and would look lovely with jeans too. Or slim trousers.
    Oh…and I live in the UK. And I’ve commented and repinned from your Pinterest page. Can you tell I’m keen?

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  14. I love understated lacy so this top is great!
    I’ve never won anything from your blog (I only enter contests for things I absolutely adore and want more than anything…I have a high tolerance for disappointment.)
    I live in the UK nowadays (I’m sorta an american expat)

    I love, love 40s ruching and on pinterest I’m mongoosenamedt and I definitely liked all over your board.
    and I was also wondering if you’d seen this vogue reissue: with its asymmetrical ruching (I think adey did one)

  15. This is so gorgeous I have to rush and make a BCT muslin so I can make this – think I have some lace that would work just great…. But it’s not a knit – is this a knit or stretchy in any way or is it a woven?

  16. LOVE the 40s looks- if you’re hourglass, they just fit so well!

    ADORE the sleeves and lace!

    I just found your blog, and ADORE it- you tutorial on fixing necklaces was just what I was looking for! Since I’m knew, I’ve never won one of your giveaways!

    1. I repinned the badge
    2. repinned, and commented
    3. tweeted the contest:!/BTHM1/status/188895624018661378

    4. see above comments


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