For the final week in my party wear blog series I want to show you how adding a touch of lace to your projects can make them even more extra special so this post is all about the.....
I really love contrast panels in garments so I've chosen the Named Patterns Koko Top. It's main body is designed for jersey fabric, with a front and back yoke panel, a scope neck line and and a subtle ruffle capped sleeve.
You could opt for a lace yoke panel or go for some colour blocking and replace it with another jersey fabric instead.
The neckline is quite high which I think is nice as it shows off more lace, but you could lower it slightly at the front if you wished.
I love the contrasting panels as it adds a different detail to the top.
It's also really comfy to wear as it's not figure hugging or clingy...so plenty room for slight expansion over the festive season!
I think this top looks great paired up with smart jeans or trousers for a smart causal party look.
These lace and jersey combos would also work really well.
All of these fabrics have 15% off for the next week (ends midnight Thursday 3rd Dec) along with the Named Koko Pattern. No code needed - just click on any highlighted text to see the fabric and pattern listing.
As the lace is made from polyester its fine to wash at 30 degrees. The slub jersey tends to shrink a bit in length and gain in width after the first wash so PRE WASH it first!
- When cutting out the lace, look for the pattern repeat and decide what part of the design you would like to be at the centre front and the centre back - this is where you should make the fold in your fabric to cut the yoke pieces out.
- I like to cut finer jersey like the slubbed one I used with a rotary cutter and cutting mat. Make sure you read the instructions with the Koko pattern first as you'll need to add on seam allowances. For jersey fabric like this I'd recommend adding on a 1cm seam allowance.
- I found that the arm holes were a bit big for me - which could be partly due to the stretch recovery of the jersey so I found I needed to take the top in a bit at the side seams - then it was fine. I also added a bit of seam tape interfacing just to help stabilise it a bit too and prevent further gaping out.
- Just treat the lace like normal fabric - the one I used doesn't really have any stretch but some of the others do. If your using a lace with a bit of a stretch just be careful not to pull on it while your sewing - same thing you would do when sewing with jersey.
- Remember to use a ball point needle for jersey fabrics when sewing to avoid little holes appearing at the seams.
I hope you all have lots of fun partying over the festive season in some gorgeous outfits! We still have tickets left for our Christmas Party Night next week - Thursday 3rd December!
Included in the £4 ticket price is mulled wine, mince pies and festive treats, a present from Santa, entry into the super duper sewing themed raffle (when you were a handmade party outfit) and store wide discounts! Just pop in to get your ticket or give the shop a call!