It's no secret that we are a bit lace obsessed here at Surge. We are always looking for ways to use our laces in projects. This one is no exception. And better yet, it is perfect for the coming seasons where layering is both practical and trendy!
Making this lace hem tank can be done with ANY pattern. If you are using a fitted pattern, like Patterns for Pirates Cross My Heart Cami, you will want to gather the lace. If you do not, the lace will not fit around your hips and you may end up improvising with a side split. Ask me how I know, LOL.
Let's get started!
Supplies you will need:
- Tank pattern (I used the Cross My Heart Cami and Essential Tank)
- Fabric (rayon spandex, modal spandex, brushed poly are all good choices)
- Co-ordinating embroidered trim (to figure out how much embroidered trim you need, measure the hem line of your tank pattern and add 6-8" for the non-gathered version. For the gathered version, you will want to multiply by 2.)
First step is to cut out your pattern pieces per the pattern directions. I like to press the hem allowance at this point too. It just makes it easier to hem later on.
Next, you will sew 1 side seam using the patterns seam allowance.
If you are opting for the gathered trim (particularly important if using a fitted pattern), then we will need to gather that first. You will need to do this on your normal sewing machine. I like to turn the tension up a little (to 5 or 6 on my machine) and increase the stitch length. Then start sewing along the top edge of the trim. This neatly gathers the lace and saves you the hassle of hand gathering.
Now, we are going to pin the trim to the hemline. Start with the wrong side of your top facing up. It is important to leave some of the trim "dangling" over the edge.
This last one I used Charcoal Modal Spandex and Off White & Charcoal Embroidered Trim to make a CHM Cami and I paired it with a Light Rain Sweater I hand knit last year.