One of the reasons I started this blog was so that I could document my sewing projects while also tracking what I’ve learned along the way. Well, lesson learned: don’t use your iron at the highest setting on a stretchy lace fabric.
I accidentally melted some of the lace fabric while making this top…in the very front…along the neck line…with no extra fabric to work with. Thankfully when I started to see smoke I realized what was happening in time and was able to stitch together the parts that melted. You can’t even tell!
More lessons learned from making this besides don’t melt the fabric? Underlining & french seams (Underlining: Fabric joined in garment seams to give inner shape and support | French Seams: a seam with the raw edges enclosed) In this case, I used the underlining because the lace was sheer. And now that I’ve tried french seams, I’m always going to use them. I love the polished finish it gives to the inside.
I also used this pattern to make my Flamingo Vacay Shirt – one pattern can make so many different looks!
Pattern: Butterick B6100
Fabric: Three different remnant pieces I found at JoAnn Fabrics – stretchy black lace, strechy black in the back, and satiny black in the front
• Took 1/2 in” (1 ” total) from width of front bodice and back bodice
• Shortened length 2-3″
• Narrowed shoulder 1/2 ” on front and back bodice