Love lacy fabric? Try it with a lining (maybe a contrasting shade?) to make a terrific summer top!
Here’s my sleeveless blouse using a very open weave Missoni knit. I put in a thin, tricot (stretchy) lining in muted blue. The colour picks up the steely tones of the zigzag design.
The lining is so comfortable because the outer shell alone would have felt flimsy and was kind of sheer.
Begin by Tracing a pattern on bristol board
Use a top I that fits well, that way there is minimal adjusting. I just laid an old shirt down and traced two pieces: a front and back and added my 5/8″ seam allowances all around.
Cut a front and back of the lining, and an identical front and back of the Missoni fabric with the same cardboard pattern.
Simply sew up the left and right sides of the lining, leaving shoulders open. Do the same with the front and back of the outside fabric.
Now insert the assembled outside, into the assembled lining (which is inside-out). Be sure the side seams face away from each other. They will face each other when you turn the blouse right-side out. And snip the curves so everything will lay flat.
Baste and then stitch: along the back neck edge, along the front neck edge, and under the arms to within 5″ of the shoulders. Hold off sewing up the shoulder seams.
Sew the shoulder seams in a continuous path
Open the fabric at the shoulders and pin the lining and the outer shell all in one continuous path. Now a single shoulder seam can be turned and finished by hand.
Amount fabric required size 14:
- Outer fashion fabric – 1 1/8 yd
- Inner lining: 1 1/8 yd