This embroidered mesh from Alice + Olivia was love at first sight.
When I get my hands on a fabric like this, my tendency is to go for the gold and try to make something ridiculously complicated, meant for full-on party mode. I’m glad I reigned myself in on this one, because this fabric is a garden party right off the bolt.
And ridiculously complicated, even for a simple self-drafted top like this! There was a lot of HIGHLY enjoyable work involved. The seams were stitched up with tear-away stabilizer, then trimmed & bound in a flocked velvet ponte from my stash. After much deliberation on creating a cutaway neckline to mirror the hem, I decided that a defined outline on the neck was best– it’s encased in the same ponte.
For the sleeve, I carefully cut the mesh away right up to the embroidery. The sleeve hem is the border “print” of the fabric, that brown embroidered motif ran parallel to the selvedge. As for the hem, I cut away a free form path, and appliquéd extra flowers in where needed (that little white daisy at center back, for example).
I loved every minute of working with this fabric. In fact, I had to stop myself from fiddling with it! I’ll be highlighting the guts & such on my blog next week. Meantime, if you fancy a fling with something similar, there’s a bevy of beauties online.