Meshed with Anna Sui’s Multicolored Stretch Lace

At first sight, I ordered Anna Sui’s Black Multicolored Stripe Lace. It was too sheer to not line it with some type of mesh. So I select the perfect black mesh to marry with the lace. The combination was great. Of course the lace has texture and has a soft embroidered feel to it and the mesh is smooth and silky. I love working with both fabrics. A little bit of caution though with the mesh. The selvage does not lies flat on the table. So I nipped along the selvage to gain control over it for laying and cutting the pattern pieces.

I used Mc Call 6793, View C. The mesh is used to reduced transparency and for the flounce. This top didn’t have much shape to it. So I added darts to the front and back. The flounce was finished with a rolled hem. The top fits okay, but I think it still needs a little more shaping in the waist area.

 

 

My daughter saw me working on my top, she wanted to know if she could get a top too. So, I decided to make the two-tone singlet. Teach Me Fashion top. They asked me to test it. My daughter said she was game.

 

 

My testing consisted of two tries for my daughter and third for myself. The sizing is different from the big 4.  I usually use size small for her.  But the small was too tight.  So, on the second try, I used size medium.  With a little tweaking, the top turned out fine.

 

Instead of making neck and armhole facings, I made bands using a black ponte knit.  My DD was very pleased with the results and wouldn’t mind a second top. The Anna Sui lace is a great fabric to play up the color blocking aspect of this little trendy top.

Happy Sewing!
Cennetta

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Comments


  • carolyn roemer
    September 20, 2014

    I would never thought to use multicolor stretch lace the way you have. So simple yet looks so good. And black ponte for binding also new to me. That’s 2 new ideas to start my day. And thanks too for the close up of the lace.

    • Cennetta
      September 21, 2014

      Thanks, Carolyn. I’m glad the tips are helpful.

  • Fiona
    September 20, 2014

    I wouldn’t have had a clue what to make with this lace and mesh and you have done a fantastic job with both tops. I particularly love it used for colour blocking on your daughters top and it is beautifully finished with the ponte neck band

    • Cennetta
      September 21, 2014

      Thanks, Fiona. My daughter’s top is my favorite too. 😉

  • Ginger
    September 20, 2014

    Great fabric choice! It’s so fun on both you and your daughter!

    • Cennetta
      September 21, 2014

      Thanks, Ginger.

  • Sallie
    September 21, 2014

    Beautiful tops! I love how the lace works for color blocking! Great job!

    • Cennetta
      September 21, 2014

      Thanks, Sallie. I think my daughter’s top is super cute.

  • Lori
    September 22, 2014

    Beautiful tops, I like how the lace looks different in each top. Mother and daughter are gorgeous in their custom garments.

  • Sarah Gunn
    September 23, 2014

    Looking good Cennetta! Your use of fabric is brilliant and boy oh boy – I bet you turned the two tone singlet into a best-selling pattern 🙂

    • Cennetta
      October 2, 2014

      Thanks, Sarah. Harrison did ask if I would be willing to test more patterns. 😉

  • Peter
    September 24, 2014

    Great to see a single fabric used multiple ways — I like both versions!

    • Cennetta
      October 2, 2014

      Thanks, Peter.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    September 28, 2014

    I don’t think I would have thought to use stretch lace in that way – and it looks amazing. Brilliant inspired make!