There are so many things you can make with embroidered eyelet, even a chihuahua fascinator!
Seriously, I've decided what to sew next and it's not zebra-print pants. Instead, I'm making someone in my household an embroidered eyelet blouse.
I've been sitting on this fabric (not literally of course) for more than a year. Eager to sew from my stash, I thought it would be just the thing to make my mother -- whoops, there goes the surprise -- a birthday present.
This isn't my first eyelet project, btw. Three years ago I made Michael a cotton eyelet shirt, but the fabric wasn't as heavily embroidered.
Since this was going to be a simple, collarless (her request) button-up top, I knew I wanted to add some interest, so to finish the hem and 3/4 sleeves, I cut around the edges of the embroidered flowers (finishing the edges with Fray Check to prevent fraying) as one often sees done with lace. It's a pretty, feminine finish.
For the neckline, I added the same kind of facing I used for the 1940's undershirt I made last weekend. The facing is cotton batiste (which I also used for the inside back yoke). I simply traced the front and back necklines, creating three pieces: front left, front right, and back. (The back piece is cut on the bias, the two fronts on the straight grain)
I attached the facing to the neckline using a 1/4" seam allowance, rolled it to the inside, and folded the raw edge under at approximately 1/4". I then edgestitched the facing in place.
The blouse has six white buttons, which are nearly invisible given the dramatic look of the eyelet. I made the buttonholes with my vintage Singer buttonholer. I placed the buttonholes horizontally rather than vertically, which always seems more special somehow as the button placement must be exactly right.
What's nice is that my mother can wear it alone as a blouse, or over a tee shirt like a cardigan. I'll post photos of her wearing it soon.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!