Red Floral-Print Silk Crepe De Chine Sleeveless Shirt

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The Story 

I was out window shopping and when I say this top from The Kooples I instantly remembered I had some red floral-print fabric sitting at home! 🤔

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The Making Of

The making of this shirt gets a little interesting. 😯 I made a long sleeve top before with this fabric using the Very Easy Vogue V9085 pattern. It was my first time working with silk and I didn’t realise the importance of pre-shinking your fabric until after I made the top. As a result the top I made was too tight around the bust and I couldn’t move my arms! 😰

As it is such a gorgeous fabric I couldn’t bear throwing it away and decided to do an upcyling project! ♻️

I ripped through the front center seam and  removed the collar, neckline facing and sleeves. I used Vogue pattern 8773 to make the button placket and collar. Luckily everything thing just fitted and matched so I didn’t need to make any alterations or adjustments when I put the two patterns together. Finally, I used one of my sleeves to make some bias tape to neatly finish my armholes.

Materials 

  • Liberty red floral print silk crepe de chine from Murphy Sheehy, Dublin
  • Black silk crepe de chine from Monn Yue Piece Goods, Hong Kong – HK$60/y
  • Black cotton lace trimming
  • Gold buttons (discounted to €0.52 each) & Vogue white pearl with gold button from Hickey’s Fabric, Dublin

I am very happy with this project as I got to reuse the gorgeous LIberty Silk and who the two different Vogue patterns just fitted.

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Black Floral Lace Shirt

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The Story

I finally got around to making a lace shirt, I am sure by now they are no longer fashionable! They became a real item of desire in 2014 when lace started to be a prominent trend. We couldn’t look through a fashion magazine or go to a boutique without seeing some sort of lace.  I totally love the sexy femininity that lace brings out in all girls. 💃🏻

Pictured below are some shirt made by D&G and Valentino, the masters of romantic styles. 🌹

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Features

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Contrasting collar and cuffs , a bling bling top button 💎, conceal front button packet.

I didn’t use the edges of the lace because I was feeling a little lazy, but I have kept them! So hopefully they will be a feature in the next project.

Sewing

bur6954I used Burda Style 6954 – Miss Petit. I have used this pattern before to make a sleeveless shirt, which you can read about here.

As mentioned in my previous post, I have a love hate relationship with this pattern. I doubt I will use this pattern again to make a shirt with sleeves as they are MASSIVE. It all seems so out of proportion for a petit pattern and this was before the big lantern sleeves trend.

Alterations

I left out the darts as I thought they would have looked odd. Lace shirts look much better when they are a little loose because its already so sexy that you don’t need a tightly fitted structure, otherwise it would just be OTT. And also no darts means less work! 😉

Working with lace

This was my first time working with lace and it turned about to be a lot easier than I imagined. I was worried about how would I straighten the fabric, but all I needed to do was follow the lace pattern and I was able to straighten with no issue. But I did ruin my pair of dressmaker scissors… So a heads up if you have a pair of favourite/expensive scissors!✂️😢

Mistakes

I made the button hole at the wrong side at my first attempt and was too lazy to redo the whole collar! Ha!… Oops…🙈

Materials

20170113_113949_smallItalian  black lace – from Murphy Sheehy during their summer sale. I can’t remember the price but it was a great bargain. I bought so much of it cause it was such a good price! So plenty of black lace pieces to come. I better get started making them before the lace trend becomes tacky.

White Tana Lawn (100% cotton €13.50/m) – from Cloth Dublin. This was some left over from my White Cotton Shirt project.

Costs

As I can’t remember the cost of the black lace (the main feature) I am unable to say exactly how much this shirt cost me to made. But I am sure its below €40! Which is great since the Valentino shirt above was retailing at over €900!💰

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Pastel Blue Lace Pencil Skirt

20161016_132039bThe Story

I made this shirt as a back-up plan for a wedding I was going to the summer that has just gone by. ☀️

As it was only a back-up piece I did not want to spend that much money on it. Getting my materials at good price was essential to this project.

Inspiration

I got the inspiration from having seen an emerald-green D&G lace skirt earlier this year. You can now find this style in the high-street stores such as H&M.

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The Making Of

Materials

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I bought all my materials from Hickeys Fabric.

I saw the lace in the barging-bin as fabric remnant at €13.16. It was difficult to refuse the fabric at that price as we all know lace is expensive.

I decided to go for polycotton as my lining as its cheap and I could also static issues that I would have with the common polyester lining I usually use. In the shop I found some Polycotton poplin in a matching colour at  €4.95/M

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I used Vogue Wardrobe V8963 to make my skirt. This was one of the first patterns I bought and still quite like it as the instructions are simple and the styles are timeless.

The original pattern doesn’t require lining, so I made two sets of the front and back pieces, one in the lace and the other in the polycotton poplin.

I am very proud of my French seams and the invisible zipper I put in! I tied to make a blind hem using a special sewing foot I have and failed miserably… so in the end I just made a normal hem.

Alterations

Originally the lining and the lace were the same length, but when I tried it on I looked quiet aged and short. As a petite girl the last thing I wanted was to look even shorter than I am! So I took the lining up, which makes gives an elongated effect to my legs and a younger vibe (I think).

I am happy with this skirt, though it could have been better if the hem has a scalloped lace finish like the one by H&M. Unfortunately I could not find any lace trimmings to match the colour and also it would added to the cost.

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Sleeveless White Cotton Shirt with Contrasting Collar & Front Band

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The Story 

A well fitted white shirt is an essential piece to any office wear collection. A good shirt is crisp, clean and well fitted.👚✨ But its not easy to get shirt that fits well off the high-street stores; sleeves too long, bust area inappropriately tight for the office, too loose/tight around the waist and fabric sticking out the back are just a few of the problems I have encountered.

The Making Of

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Sewing Pattern

I used Burda Style 6954 – Miss Petit to make my  sleeveless shirt.

It probably looks like I was trying to make Shirt A but when I bought this pattern I wanted to make Shirt B but sleeves turned out to be massive. It looked like I wearing two lanterns on my arms so I decided to take them off altogether as I struggled a lot with this pattern and was in no mood to alter them after putting in French seams and all. ✂️

6266I have a love hate relationship with this pattern. I loved it because it was easy to shorten it. It had three lengthening/shortening sections: the bust, above and below the waistline. Although this is a petite pattern I still needed to take 3 inches off. The shirt fits really well  and is very flattering as the darts gives a neat shaping to show of the waistline and bust.

I hated this pattern as the instructions were really unclear and difficult to follow. I was struggling to understand them. When I was sewing my collar I used New Look 6266 pattern instructions instead as they are of the same style and I could understand it.🤔

Alternation

The little pink flowered  fabric I used for the collar were left overs so I didn’t have enough to make the collar. So I got creative and only used it for the front and the plain white cotton for the back of the collar.😊

Materials 

I bought white cotton lawn for the main construction of the shirt. The contrasting collar and bands are made of up-cycled from a failed project which is also cotton lawn.

Cotton Lawn

Cotton lawn is finer than standard cotton with a gentler tough and flow to it. It is a good quality high thread count fabric. I have been total its supposed to be hard wearing too, but I have yet to confirm that.🛠

Cost

This shirt cost me ~€15.  I have about half meter of each fabric left, but all cut up like the two sleeves. Not sure what I will do with the scraps…🙈

  • White Tana Lawn – 100% cotton – €13.50/m
  • Little Pink Flower Tana Lawn With Embroidered Fleck – 100% Cotton – €15.00/m
  • Buttons from an old sweater

Both from The Cloth Shop @ Dublin