First Look: Lace with a Surprise!!

For my first “look” for the One Pattern Many Looks contest using Simplicity #2223, I chose a beautiful Lace!!

I thought Lavender would be a pretty color for Spring and this jacket would look great over white.  I’ll probably wear it with a white tank and white jeans for a crisp, fresh look.

This pattern has very simple construction with only 4 pattern pieces.  The lace has a large scalloped, fringed edge within the pattern so I decided to take advantage of that by cutting the sleeve edges and lower jacket center front on the scallop.  Bonus:  No hemming the sleeves or the center front of this jacket!!  All of the other seams  were sewn as french seams for a clean finish on both the inside and outside of the garment except the waistline seam.

To finish the neckline, I purchased an iridescent ribbon from Joann’s which I applied with a reverse binding technique.  I sewed a basting stitch on one edge of the ribbon, gently pulled and pressed into the shape of the back neckline.

I sewed the wrong side of the ribbon to the wrong side of the neckline at 3/8″(at the stay stitching line), trimmed the seam to 1/8″, then turned the ribbon to the outside and pressed.  Next I machine top stitched the ribbon down at the neckline for a clean finish.

The waistline seam  was also covered with the same iridescent  ribbon for a clean finish at the waist.  I sewed a large hook and eye at the waistline seam as a secure closure.  The hemline was narrowly rolled and hand finished.

Since this jacket was “fussy cut” making sure I mirrored the swirling pattern on both sides of the jacket, I ended up with a Surprise.  The center back of the jacket lined up just perfectly to make small Heart and a larger Heart!!

I love the way this jacket turned out and think it’s versatile enough to wear over a pair of jeans for a casual look or over a dress for a more dressy look.  I’m very happy with selecting this pattern for the OPML’s contest.  Now on to the next “look”……stay tuned!

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4 Responses to First Look: Lace with a Surprise!!

  1. Sherril says:

    You did an excellent job with the fussy-cut. The jacket is so pretty.

  2. Andrea says:

    Hi, just found your blog from your review of this lace jacket on PR. I love it, so pretty!

  3. Thank you All for the compliments!!

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