Sunday, 27 July 2014

New Look 6356 Top - A Lace and Floral Concoction.

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Or the fabric that my daughter stole.
I suppose it is only fair. After all I turned her old bedroom wardrobe into my stash storage when she left home AND she did buy the fabric in the first place AND I have sewn her two sisters a top each this year .
Well she has obviously been rumaging through my fabric on one of her trips home and spotted some left over lace from her youngest sisters school sewing project ( a lovely Simplicity Cynthia Rowley pleated dress )and thought to put them together.
I think the combination works really well - a Japanese cotton voile with a vague splotchy floral which peeks through the black lace on the sleeves and shoulders .

I used New Look 6356 dated 2004  , the same pattern for my youngest DD`s lace top and amazingly is still available in the current catalogues. It is a very basic darted  top for wovens with various necklines. And luckily all the hard work I did in fitting her paid off because my eldest DD is very similar to her so all I had to do was slightly lengthen the top and  sew  slightly smaller side seams.

  The only changes I made in construction of this top was to eliminate the facings and use bias binding at the neckline and instead of using a zip at the back I used a button and buttonloop .I hand stitched the lace to the sleeves and played around with the lace placement on the front bodice until it looked fairly symmetrical( I sewed the darts before adding the lace )  . We wanted to add lace to the back shoulders as well but there just was not enough. After handstitching the lace the top was a breeze to sew - shoulder seams, add the sleeves, side seams, centre back seam , hems , add a button and it is done.

I think I might need to start getting my daughters to give me some fashion/ sewing advice !
Happy Sewing Janine.


  1. Very pretty! You know it strikes me as a little bit Chanel-esque too, having been a little obsessed recently with their 2015 cruise collection - lots of mixed floral prints. To me, the lace overlay almost make it looks like you are mixing two complementing prints - I'd not thought of doing that but might now ;-) I love it.

  2. I love this. What a great idea. It looks sensational. I have to remember and copy this idea. Clever you and daughter.

  3. Sensational fabric choices

  4. Lovely top. Very nice lace.

  5. A great combination which looks very effective.

  6. I think Debbie has said everything I wanted to say - it is really a very chic top, and you have made it so nicely, as well.

  7. I have been toying with the idea of mixing patterns and thought initially this was what you had done. Clearly Debbie thought the same. But actually the use of a coloured lace over a print is really very creative and exciting. I am now thinking about how I could use this idea (although I will have to buy some lace first)

  8. I agree with Debbie too. I thought this was a lovely matched pattern when I first saw it, then discovered it was overlaid lace. Definitely a great idea to copy. Super!

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