Earlier this year I made up a couple of Lacey Back Tees for my daughters. I really love the style – the hem shaping is so lovely, and its a deceptively simple pattern to make that really makes a stylish impact. So, I am quite excited that the pattern has now been released in women’s sizes!
Even though its winter here, the pattern is so versatile, I made it with long sleeves and a solid back for a winter version of this top, and I’m looking forward to when the warmer weather comes again in spring so that I can make a whole heap of summer versions with lacey backs.
The Pattern Details
This pattern is what I consider to be a true essential for every day wear – or it could also be made quite fancy, depending on your fabric choices. The Women’s Lacey Back Tee comes with a lot of options:
Sizes available are from 2 through to 32. All sizes are included an the pdf pattern is layered – so you only have to print out what you need. This makes it so much easier to cut out the required size because you don’t have to try and follow the right line through all the other intersecting lines. There is also a maternity hack (coming to the Snuggle My Baby Blog soon!)
Sleeves included are short, 3/4, and long. The top can also be sleeveless with bands around the armholes. Obviously, I made the long sleeves, it is winter here after all!
The neckline is a gently curved v-neck, which is flattering on everyone! The neck has a binding – with awesome instructions provided to achieve a gorgeous result – this is definitely my best ever neckband!
I did do this on my coverstitch machine, but you could easily achieve this same look using a regular machine. Jennifer provides simple and clear step-by-step instructions for this step, and if you follow it you will be as pleased with the results as I was.
Three different lengths are provided in the pattern – petite/regular, tall/long, and tunic. I think that I can see a tunic length version in my future! I did my version with the tall/long length, which is really a personal preference, there is no right or wrong with it.
The main feature is, of course, the back panel. Although this pattern is designed for a lace insert, it does work equally well for cooler weather with a solid fabric. The pleat detail below the yoke is flattering and comfortable to wear. The back yoke completely covers the back of the bra too – so there won’t be any unfortunate wardrobe malfunctions, this top, even with the lace panel, will preserve your modesty!
I have ventured into the wondrous land of custom printed fabric and earlier this year I pre-ordered some really beautiful tee shirt panels from Humbled Fabrics. The panels are a fabulous re-imagination of the Wizard of Oz story, with all the characters represented as girls! So, the tin-man, lion and scarecrow are all girls! The designs have a kind of steampunk / woodcut vibe to them, and I loved them at first sight. I hadn’t pre-ordered anything before, so I was a little unsure about it all, however, it was a seamless process and my fabric was delivered in the mail according to the predicted schedule and I am really happy with the quality of the fabric itself.
I also bought 1 yard of a coordinating sparkly stripe. My only regret is that I only bought 1 yard, but I was unsure of what the postage costs were going to be – I really should have messaged the designer to get more information about that, because I probably would have ordered more fabric!
I used the stripes for my back yoke, and I would have liked to be able to do my sleeves in the stripe as well, but there wasn’t enough – because I had to make matching mummy and me outfits for Mathilda and Veronica!
You can see that Mathilda is the Tin-man, with her steam-punk heart, and Veronica is the Lion, while I am the Wicked Witch of the West, complete with purple flying monkey! I used the panels for the tee shirt fronts – because this pattern has a straight hem at the front, it is perfect for panels – these panels were all quite generous in size, and I managed to fit my entire front bodice piece! However, for the girls I did need to do some colour blocking, I used the stripe coord to create front ‘yokes’. This was a simple process of measuring on the paper pattern where the panel came to, and cutting some stripe to complete the piece with added seam allowances. I wish I had got some pics of how I did it…but I didn’t, so maybe I’ll remember next time!
I used the original Lacey Back Tee for the girls’ tee shirts, I used the stripe for the sleeves and back yokes and a pink solid for the back panel. I made Mathilda’s in the same size I made in summer – an 8, but I made Veronica’s in a size 5…because she has been growing so much!
(and refusing to wear shoes…hence here grumpy face in these pictures as I tried to bribe her with m&ms but she still was still stubbornly barefoot)
Where to Buy?
You can buy the Women’s Lacey Back Tee directly from Snuggle My Baby Patterns. It is currently on sale for only US$6! But this sale price only lasts until 20 June.
You can also buy the original Lacey Back Tee, and
the Lacey Back Tee Bundle which includes both the Women’s and the girl’s versions, and is also currently on sale for just $8!
I’ve also been loving the versions I’m seeing by the other Pattern Testers with coordinating lace sleeves. I definitely want to replicate that look this summer – and what a beautiful way to stay cool even when the weather gets hot! Which brings me to this month’s Blog Tour hosted by Sewing by Ti:
Make sure to check out some awesome creations this month, with the theme “Its Getting Hot in Here”:
Thanks for reading!