So I’ve received a lot of questions in my Formspring.me account asking “How do I make this? with a link to a photo. Here are my quick analyses of the hotw-tos (and please everyone, chime in in the comments if you’re struck with another way to make these items!):
Hi! How do you sew something like this: http://lookbook.nu/look/392753-i-miss-summer or this? http://lookbook.nu/look/908247-Deserts-eating-Oceans
I see lace dresses are on your mind!
The first one doesn’t even look like it is a dress – the edges look completely unsewn and it appears like the person wearing it just added a belt and let the edges flap in the wind.;-) You could possibly re-create this garment with a piece of lace about a yard or so wide, and literally cut a hole in the center for your neck – and wear half the fabric in the front and half in the back!! (If it were me, I would allow the sleeves to drape to about the waist, and then sew the skirt part since I wouldn’t be comfortable walking around in a dress that’s kind of like an open toga at the sides…)
The second dress is just a typical tank-style dress; it’s very hard to see the detail on it but it looks like the top has crochet edging along the armscyes and bust; it’s fully lined; and the bottom appears to be gathered tiers of lace. There may even be little lace rosettes dotted on the bottom tiers but it’s a little hard to tell. SecretLifeofaBioNerd shared a video on Threadbanger on how to make a sweet lace dress; simply adopt her method for making the skirt (but add a couple more tiers instead of just the one she has), hand-sew the rosettes on there if you like (sourced from the bridal area of your local fabric/notions store), cut and sew a tanktop-style top, and add a crochet applique to the neck area. Speaking of crochet…
How do you sew this? http://www.easybizchina.com/picture/product/201008/white-cotton-tank-top-with-hand-crochet-507095.JPG Is there a way of cutting the crochet part without it unravelling? Someone told me that if I cut rib knit, it frays, is that true?
Are you trying to re-create this from scratch or are you trying to alter the piece that you have? If you’re trying to make this from scratch, you will either have to crochet the top embellishment yourself, rip it off of a dress or shirt that already exists, or buy a bridal or crochet applique from the fabric store to use for your piece. I’ve never seen crochet embellishment like that come on a roll like fabric does; I don’t think you can just go to the fabric store and get a yard of it cut for you to use. The crochet embellishment would have been made-to-order by the manufacturer’s and even if you can find a big piece; cutting it down to fit the size of your top would just cause the whole thing to unravel (unless you really know what you are doing and snip certain threads and tie them off together etc. as you go…you can certainly try but something like that poses a problem even for experienced crocheters and knitters, so I wouldn’t really recommend it if you can avoid it at all).
Rib knit is an entirely different thing than this crochet piece…if you’re talking about your standard cotton or spandex interlock rib-knit, then it will only fray to the extend that cotton or spandex knit fabric does. Repeated stretching will cause it to fray more. In using rib knit, as with any knit, you need to overlock the raw edges to prevent fray and wear and tear. You can cut it no problem but it will have to be finished if you’re planning on using it in something wearable (especially if that something is washable too!) But it doesn’t really unravel like crochet or a knitted sweater…unless you find a loose weft thread and yank on it…
If you’re trying to alter this piece that you already have, again, don’t cut the crochet part if you want to retain it at all; just sew on top of it/through it. (You can add darts or gathers to take up the extra fabric to alter it smaller…to make it bigger I don’t think it’s possible without cutting the crochet, which will have you running into the previous problem.
Hey could you do a tutorial on how to make this kind of structure? http://store.americanapparel.eu/rsatd300.html?cid=139
Ohmygoodness. Okay, that piece is a huge amount of work. Not to say that it can’t be done, but if you can buy off-the-rack from American Apparel (still available here BTW!), it will probably be cheaper than all your time and effort going into it. But if you really want to make a top like that…
Find a rose-embellished mesh fabric and make a basic shirt out of it!! High-end fabric stores and stores that cater to designers may have exactly this type of fabric, which you can buy in however many yards you need, and then make your shirt out of it. I did find it online here, but the price is not listed so you’d have to call the company to find out more…and even if you can’t find the fabric as yardage you might be able to re-appropriate something.
I saw this photo on Cruel*Thing of a DIY rose-embellished skirt…made from a pillowcase! Which is a fabulous idea made even more fabulous by the beautiful pillowcase Diana used. Bravo!
Do an Ebay search and there’s usually some similar pillowcases available, which you can cut up and use for your shirt.
And if you really want to make every single one of those fabric roses yourself…There’s a great tutorial on Cut Out + Keep, submitted by one of my fave DIY’ers Stacie G. from Stars for Streetlights on making a Fendi-style rose dress, which you can adapt for making a shirt like this. The shirt you want to make uses flat chiffon cording to make those roses – if you check out the trims section of your local fabric store, you can probably find this similar flat trim.
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Wow! Thanks, Carly! Your blog looks amazing, by the way. 🙂