Silk Blouse with Alencon Lace Applique & Flower Girl Dresses

silk lace top flower girl dress white lace leotard and tulle champagne skirt

One of the ben­e­fits of sell­ing on the web is reach­ing peo­ple worldwide!

I was recently con­tacted by a bride in Aus­tralia about mak­ing flower girl dresses for her July (win­ter) wed­ding. Instead of a Chan­tilly lace for the leo­tards, she chose the alen­con lace I had in stock. As beau­ti­ful as the lace was, I had never used the lace and was appre­hen­sive about cut­ting and design­ing the first leo­tard. But for­tu­nately, the lace worked really well. I was pleas­antly sur­prised by how much I loved the alen­con lace and how beau­ti­ful the leo­tards turned out. In fact, so did oth­ers because shortly after post­ing a photo of the alen­con leo­tard online, I sold out the rest of the lace!

Alencon lace leotard mehri

In the process of design­ing the flower girl dresses, the bride wanted to incor­po­rate some of the alen­con lace into a gar­ment for her­self. Due to dis­tance and the cost of ship­ping mock-ups, we decided that a loose fit­ting sim­ple v-neck silk top would be the best gar­ment to make.

The top doesn’t have darts, but she may find a seam­stress there to dart the top for her. Since the silk charmeuse was very unfor­giv­ing when pinned or stitched, I was afraid to dart the top with­out fit­ting the top on her first and mak­ing a mis­take on the size and place­ment of the darts.

alencon lace and silk charmeuse cream white top blouse

alencon lace and silk charmeuse cream white top blouse

alencon lace and silk charmeuse cream white top blouse

I used lace bind­ing to fin­ish the hem and sleeves. The lace bind­ing added a nice detail to the blouse, but it made the sleeves hang oddly and move stiffly. Ulti­mately, I decided to remove the lace bind­ing in the sleeves and fin­ish them by hand.

alencon lace and silk charmeuse cream white top blouse

alencon lace and silk charmeuse cream white top blouse

The silk lay­ers draped on hanger after the cut.

 

alencon lace and silk charmeuse cream white top blouse

Hand stitched hem with lace binding

alencon lace and silk charmeuse cream white top blouse

Test­ing designs on myself by pin­ning lace pieces to the silk before hand stitch­ing them on.

alencon lace and silk charmeuse cream white top blouse

I fell in love with this top! So soft and beautiful!

alencon lace and silk charmeuse cream white top blouse

Choos­ing the final design

alencon lace and silk charmeuse cream white top blouse

Hand stitched all the applique. It took a very long time, but it was worth it!

alencon lace and silk charmeuse cream white top blouse

The sleeve designs are a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. I cut the lace pieces and cre­ated my own flo­ral arrange­ments for both the sleeves and the neckline.

 

alencon lace and silk charmeuse cream white top blouse

alencon lace and silk charmeuse cream white top blouse

The final blouse :)

After mak­ing this blouse and spend­ing lots of time hand stitch­ing the lace applique, I was reminded of how much I love hand stitch­ing and cou­ture sewing!!

One Thought on “Silk Blouse with Alencon Lace Applique & Flower Girl Dresses

  1. Wow … beau­ti­ful result with the top and the flower girl dresses are a delight!

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