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.