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 πŸ™‚

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!!

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

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