I’ve been thinking about lace a lot this spring.
Originally I bought this gorgeous black cotton lace with the intention of using it for an overlay. What I liked most about it — aside from the beautiful floral pattern — was that it could be trimmed to create a finished scalloped edge. (You can check out Mood Fabrics’ selection of cotton lace here.)
Continuing my passion for pattern mixing, I decided to create a short-sleeve shirt using the lace in combination with a lovely Italian floral cotton and classic black and white gingham. (You can see Mood’s selection of ginghams here.) I used my Butterick 4712, a favorite vintage men’s shirt pattern.
All the fabrics were easy to work with, the lace included.
I used the lace for the two fronts, the gingham for the sleeves and yoke, and the floral for the collar, collar stand, and back. I decided that the lace would be worn over bare skin.
I placed the lace so that the scalloped border would form the shirt hem.
To echo the scallop of the lace, I created a scalloped edge for the back of the shirt, adding a gingham facing.
The pants are a medium-weight cotton jersey (Check out Mood Fabrics’ selection of cotton jersey here.) To create some interest, I added an elastic waistband with a drawstring channel and cut the fronts with extra width which I used to form two deep asymmetrical pleats.
Here’s the whole outfit!
I was afraid the lace would feel too revealing but fortunately, it provides quite a bit of coverage. (Obviously, the wearer has to feel comfortable in it and I do.)
This is a great outfit for a warm spring day and it will definitely carry me into summer.
Is there a lace shirt in your future? Hope so!