Dressmaking

The Joy’s of an Overlocker

I have been out fabric shopping again, yes I am a bit of a fabric addict, and came across a black, white and grey stretch lacy fabric that I thought would make a long top to go over a pair of trousers or leggings. So on Sunday morning I considered the options of teaming my lacy fabric with a black cotton lycra and some black stretch lace trim I had in my stash.

The Fabric

The lacy fabric only has a one way stretch so I had to be careful in which direction to cut out the pattern pieces. The stretch should be placed around the body for ease of getting the garment on and off. I cut the back bodice, lower front bodice, top yoke and upper and lower sleeve pieces from the fabric. I cut bands from the black lycra to go across the bust and the sleeves. As my stretch lace trim is only 1.5 inches wide I stitched lengths of it together to create wider bands for the bust and the lower sleeve.

Ready to Sew

All cut out I was eager to start making it up and the best machine for this is the overlocker!! I stitched together the bands to create the complete front bodice along with the sleeve pieces. I then attached the front and back bodices at the shoulder seams and cut the neck band from the black lycra. After trying on the garment to assess the shoulder width and armscye curve I was able to set in the sleeves. The sleeve and side seams were stitched in one and I added more lace trim to the hem of the top and sleeve and hey presto a pretty modern top was born in less than 3 hours!!!

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