Sew your own Short Lace Top
I did a little tiny poll on Facebook, to see what I should do next, tutorial-wise, and this is the result.
I made a top like this quite a while ago, and I thought is so simple, that it should be shared as a free tutorial with a pattern rather than a PDF pattern with tutorial that you should buy in my shop. So it’s ALL free! Yay for you! :D
This is my finished top:
What do you think? :D
Anyway!!! It’s about the tutorial right?
Before we start out you’ll need:
- The Short Lace Top Pattern
- A printer, scissors and (document)tape
- Pattern paper (pencil & scissors)
- Fabric – Lace at least 130 cm wide: 135 cm
- Rib/jersey fabric: 20 cm
- Matching Thread
- And of course your sewing equipment such as sewing machine, pins, scissors and what not.
The short lace top comes in sizes 36-46. In the table below you can guesstimate what size you want to use.
|36||84 cm||66 cm|
|38||88 cm||70 cm|
|40||92 cm||74 cm|
|42||96 cm||78 cm|
|44||100 cm||82 cm|
|46||104 cm||86 cm|
The top is pretty loose, so if you want a tighter fit, you can choose a smaller size than you usually use. :)
Now we can start with the Short Lace Top Tutorial:
First of all, I want you to print out the pattern, and assemble it according to this pattern preview:
If you like, there’s a tutorial on how to print and assemble PDF patterns. The only difference from my other patterns is that the “test page” is incorporated in this particular pattern. It’s still page one though. :)
When assembled it should look like the image above. Although, you might have another background…. ;) Just fooling around.
Now take your pattern paper and trace out a front piece, a back piece and the cuff thingy. I thought it was best to do it like this, because otherwise you’d have to print quite a lot of pages. This time it’s only ten, yay!
I’ve made a size 44. Hopefully it’ll be a smaller size when summer really get’s here – I’m working HARD on it! :)
Place your front and back piece by the fold of your lace fabric. I had this lovely spiderweb fabric lying around. Perfect for a short lace top like this. ;)
Cut the pieces out – REMEMBER the 1 cm seam allowance.
Snip the waist mark about 2-3 mm… Well, it wasn’t really necessary in this case, because the side seams are identical – but let’s do it for good measure.
I’m showing you my tiny snip, that I couldn’t see anyway, when I started pinning, haha.
Now place your cuff thingy, which I in this case call sleeve rib, onto 2 layers of folded fabric.
Cut them out with 1 cm seam allowance.
Now that you’ve cut ALL your pattern pieces, you can start sewing.
Start by pinning the front and back pieces together, right side against right side. Pin both the side seams and the top seams.
I DID pin it! :)
When you sew in stretchy sort of fabrics, you’ll want to sew with a small zigzag. I’ve had min on stitch length 3 and stitch width 1,5. This way, the thread won’t break, when you stretch your fabric. :)
Sew the side seams and top seams.
I have a serger, and I love it with all my heart! So if you have one, you’ll want to serge the seam allowance. If you don’t, you can cut half of the seam allowance off and zigzag the edge.
Don’t mind the cat hair, please. :)
Sew the side seams of your sleeve ribs… the cuff-thingies.
Fold them right side out and pin the edges together, so the seam is aligned.
Now pin the cuff onto your top’s sleeve. Stretch the cuff while you pin, so it get’s an even wrinkle all around.
Sew with 1 cm seam allowance….
…and serge (or zigzag). Almost done already!
Look at this! Now we just need the neck line and the bottom raw edge to have a finish.
There are SOOOOOO many neck line finished to chose from, but today we’re keeping it really simple and doing a rolled hem.
Set your sewing machine to a straight stitch, stitch length 3.
Sew a stay stitch (just a stitch) 1 cm from the raw edge, both on the neck line and on the bottom hem.
Here you can see (I think) my stitch.
Now adjust your sewing machine to a tight zigzag. I’ve used stitch length 1,3 and stitch width 3.
Now fold your raw edge inwards.. well, so it’s on the wrong side of the fabric, of course. :)
Then start stitching the zigzag around the folded edge, where the stay stitch is.
And you’ll get a nice rolled hem. :)
Now the neck line is almost done – We just need to do one thing more. Cut the seam allowance down, so it’s practically not there anymore.
As you can see I try to cut really close to the rolled hem.
See the difference? Now it’s more clean. :)
Pretty easy way to finish any edge in lace fabric, right?
Bottom hem with a rolled hem, before I cut the seam allowance. It’s easy to see here, why we cut the excess seam allowance off, eh? :)
Aaaand a close up. (Sometimes I take too many pictures…. But I’d rather have too many than too few).
Cut off the seam allowance…
And the top is done!!! :D
Congratulations! You now have a beautiful short lace top! :)
Wasn’t that simple enough?
I hope you enjoyed the pattern and the tutorial. Please write me little comment and tell me what you think, and don’t forget to share with your friends. :)
And here we have some more serious photos of me. :P
Yes… I am looking at you! ;)
Do you like my new top?
Why don’t YOU make one?
I thought so… :) I hope you enjoyed the short lace top tutorial (once again), and I hope to see you again – so do stop buy. Or even better, subscribe either to my posts via the form below or to my newsletter on the right panel. :) I would love to show you lots more!
Anyway – Thank you for stopping by.
kisses – Parnuuna