Posted in Women's Clothing

Back to School

Pickle Toes Patterns is celebrating Back to School with a blog tour and giveaway! Click here: Giveaway

I am so excited to help launch their new Back to School Blog Tour! I’m up first and I want to show you a pattern that is perfect for teachers! I decided to make the Bread N Butter Top, with the scoop neck and bottom bands. Pattern can be found here: Bread N Butter Top.  I wanted to dress mine up a little, so I decided to make a solid white top with a pretty mint green overlay. I love the results and can’t wait to wear it to school!

To purchase the top at a discounted price, please use the code TEACHERS for 25% off (minimum purchase of $7.50). This code will be until August 5.
Here are close ups of the fabrics I used:

 

I want to share a tip for working with stretch lace.  It takes a little more time, but will save you a headache in the end! Before each sewing step that involved the lace overlay, I basted my lace edge to the white solid. This really helps with the lace NOT moving.  Nothing would be worse than putting all of that work into a cute top and then finding out in some places that the lace didn’t stay in the seam allowance.  Basting is done by adjusting your machine’s stitch length to the longest setting (mine is a 4) and using a small seam allowance (I used 1/8). Do NOT back stitch at the end or the beginning.  Also, this is very important: after each step that you stretch stitch, you’ll need to remove the basted stitches! They don’t stretch as well as the stretch stitches you should use when working with knits. If you need some help with that, I recommend going to the beginning of your stitch, finding the top of the stitches, and gently gathering the fabric until you get to the end, then pulling the thread completely out.

Other than basting, I followed the wonderful pattern instructions. Here are the results:

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I finished the bands with my coverstitch machine. This can also be done using a double needle on a regular sewing machine: