DIY Stretch Lace Top and Jersey Knit Pants: McCall’s M7607: Stylish Fabric Vol. 4


DIY Stretch Lace Top and Jersey Knit Pants: McCall’s M7607: Stylish Fabric Vol. 4


Hope all is well.  I am going to jump right into this week’s DIY look.  I want to share one more lace and knit look that I made using fabric from Stylish Fabric.

I made this look with McCall’s M7607, Views A & D.  I loved this pattern at first sight, although I thought the look in all red was a jumpsuit vs. two pieces, initially.  However, I like the fact that I can wear the pieces as separates.

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There is a lot of volume in the pants and I ended up making my pants about 3 sizes smaller than what I would normally make for bottoms.  Once I saw the paper piece I knew that it would be too large if I made this in my normal size.  I used denim blue modal poly sand washed cupro jersey knit  from Stylish Fabric that can be found here.  Denim blue is a description of the color. I was really excited about this fabric, because I love all of my RTW knits that are labeled with modal in the fabric content.  The drape and weight could not have been anymore perfect for the style of these pants.  Not to mention the fabric feels so soft against the skin.

The pants are very simple to make, in fact the waistband is made by folding over the fabric to make the casing for the elastic.  There is not a separate waistband to attach.

For the top I used a stretch lace called Jenna Four Leaf Clover, also in what is described as a denim color, which can be found here. This lace is easy to work with and has a really nice scalloped edge.  Therefore, I took advantage and used it as the hem.  The straps and sleeve cuffs are made with the same jersey knit as the pants.  I did not line my top, so it is see-through, but I do have on a garment underneath to cover the goods.  As you may know by now I like lace to be seen and appreciated as much as possible.  I made the normal size I would make for a top and did not size it down.

So I would say the color looks a bit more accurate in this next picture for both of the fabrics .  I got a few pics in when the sun hid behind the clouds for a moment .  However, in other pictures, the color is a brighter blue, because of the sunlight.  I selected this fabric, because I liked the muted, sand washed color as seen below.

I expected that this top would have elastic around the upper edge of the bodice and sleeve, but it did not.  It is made to fit according to measurements.  Considering that I left this see-through, elastic would not have been preferable anyway, unless I took the time to dye it the same color blue.  Initially, I thought I could get away without adding a zipper. However, a quarter of a way through the project, I realized I needed the zipper in order to get in and out of the top.  It would not work as a pullover for me.  So I split the back down the center and inserted a zipper per the design of the pattern.  Luckily, the top had enough volume for me to make the adjustment without sacrificing the fit by taking out the seam allowance for the zipper after the fact.  I forgot to add the hook and eye before I left for my trip, but I will be adding a hook and eye closure above my zipper.  You can sort of tell in this picture where I need one on the upper edge of the center back.

I love how flowy the pants are.  You all pardon how hot I look!  I was home in the Midwest and my body was experiencing shock from the humidity, lol.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I love humidity, because I believe it good for my skin and hair.  However, I have acclimated to dry heat over the past 4 years out here in Vegas.  I was lucky to get a few good pictures where my face was not dripping sweat or at least not as obvious, HA!

This outfit almost stayed in the Midwest too, until my mom realized the top was see-through.  Whew, lucky for me I got to keep this one.

Well, that is my last lace look for this round using Stylish Fabric.  Please feel free to use my coupon code: Tee to get 15% off sitewide!

Until next time…be safe.

Yours truly, Tee
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My name is Tee and you can say that sewing is in my blood. You see, I come from a family of wonderful seamstresses, including my Grandma Maggie. My aunt is also one of my favorite seamstresses. As a child, I was so amazed at all of the prom/ball gowns, dresses, suits, and lace slips hanging up everywhere that they made. They also made beautiful home décor, such as curtains, cushions, and pillows. Their work was impeccable to say the least and always looked so professionally-made. Though I admired their work greatly, I did not pick up the craft as a child. However, my mom believed that I was born with the sewing gene, simply because my dad, his mom, and his sisters could sew. So when I was in high school, she bought me a beautiful 1960s sewing machine (the kind that folds into the table) and my Granny Elaine gave me several yards of fabric that she was planning to use to have a garment made. One Saturday morning, I pulled out the machine instructions and decided to give sewing a try. Sadly, my first attempts at sewing were complete fails…everything I tried to sew always fell apart…probably because I didn’t think the bobbin thread was necessary at the time. Instead of asking any of those wonderful familial resources to teach me to sew…I ended up folding the machine back into the table and using it for a lamp stand. It wasn’t until 15 years later that I would ever try sewing again. In fall of 2011 while living in Chicago, I signed up for a sewing class at a local fabric store, called The Needle Shop. In just three hours, I learned the basic functions of the sewing machine, how to sew a straight stitch, and how to install a zipper. I also learned the bobbin thread was absolutely necessary for ensuring that stitches did not come apart. By the time the class was finished, I made my very first throw pillow. I felt a strong sense of achievement and I couldn’t wait to make more things. I was 125% hooked on sewing. From that point, I purchased a small sewing machine and found more sewing classes around the city. For my next project, I learned to sew a reversible messenger bag at Lillstreet Art Center. However, my love affair with sewing went to the next level when I learned to sew garments at Vogue Fabric Store. A few years later, I moved to Vegas, where I connected with a tailor and learned menswear alterations. Additionally, I took classes at the Stitch Factory in downtown Vegas, where I learned to make pants, match plaids, and draft my own patterns. In addition to DIY and sewing for fashion and the home, I really like thrifting and shopping great retail sales. I like to incorporate and style thrift and retail items into my DIY looks. A little more about Grandma Maggie and Granny Elaine I began learning to sew after my Grandma Maggie’s memory started to fade away from her. Much of her fabric was passed down to me and there are many times when I wish I could ask her thoughts and the background on certain fabrics. Nevertheless, before her memory loss progressed completely, I showed her my first throw pillow. I didn’t think she quite understood, until she quietly uttered the words, “you should add lace around it, that would make it pretty”. Anytime, I use my Grandma’s colorful laces or fabric, I hear her voice and I feel I am sharing this journey with her. I am also fortunate enough to have my Granny Elaine’s old and colorful leather coats. Pre-sewing, I would always tell her those things were “out of style” and needed to be donated. Thank goodness she didn’t listen to me, because she gave me all of those great coats that I plan on re-purposing for future DIY projects. Though her memory also is not quite the same, she is happy to know that I am going to re-use them. While packing those items to bring to Vegas with me, she repeated joyfully, “I can’t believe you saved all those things for so many years”…(though she is the one who saved them). I am so fortunate for my grandmothers and I dedicate this blog to them. Love, Tee

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