Bohemian Top! By Kathleen Noltensmeyer


A special thank you to one of our Customers Kathleen Noltensmeyer for sharing her amazing blog with us. if you’d like to check Kathleen out and see all of her amazing designs, the link to her blog will be linked below along with the fabric links she used as well.

I ordered this COOL lace about a month ago from Stylish Fabrics and was determined to use the one yard I had to make something that highlighted the lace.  I think I did it.


Cotton jersey from Stylish Fabrics
Matching lace from Stylish Fabrics
McCall’s M7128, view B
1.  Took out the notch in the center front.  I felt it would have been way too low.
2.  Added a few inches in length.
3.  Changed the construction order to allow a clean finish on the lace.  I still needed to do a “fix” to keep the seam tape from showing.  I felt the neckline would stretch if I didn’t stabilize it.
3.  Should have cut off the flappy side pieces and put together the front in four pieces.  It is hard to install this panel in knit.
4.  I made a new alteration to the shoulder and my sloper slipped without my knowledge and there is a little difference in the waist reference point.  Something I notice.  It also impacted the back length making it to wrinkle a little.
5.  Took out about 6″ in width from around the waist.  That was after I went down to a size Small because I was using a knit.
My thoughts:
I am annoyed that my sloper slipped and caused me to miss the back fit from being perfect.
I love the matching of the lace and knit.  I just wish I would have ordered a better quality knit.  Cotton knit just doesn’t drape as well as something with poly in it.  I love natural fabrics, but I am coming to realize that the rayon/nylon blends and ITY just hang so well.
Make sure you follow Kathleen and her wonderful blog linked below!
The fabric used in this blog was our 646-Ruby Catherine Floral Stretch Lace fabric and our 477 linked here as well.
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