I said I would have this tutorial and the giveaway ready by the middle of this month, and now it is near the end, sorry for the delay, I was on holiday and then it took me a week to get back into the swing of things. I also bought a printer, which I was playing with for a few days. I will be doing a post about that soon.
Anyway, the camisole tutorial. A read of the bloomer tutorial will cover anything not covered here.
The same simple stitch is used throughout. Remember to always keep the knot on the wrong side of the fabric, and the wrong side is the side with the pencil marks.
I used lace from Little Trimmings. The lace for the bottom and top of the camisole is CL319W/Iv/E and the jagged lace on the front of the camisole is CL2/7601Cr.
You could also use this pattern to make a plain camisole by omitting the lace, and using fine ribbon to create straps.
You will need:-
|1:12 scale camisole template|
|overcast stitch diagram|
|You will need to make two pieces, front and back, both from the same template.|
|Take one piece, fold the hem and cut the surplus, (refer to bloomer tutorial for technique).|
|This piece will be the front. Here I have cut the trim off the lace and then used clear nail hardener/polish along the cut edge, which is then sewn onto the hem. If you can cut the lace off neatly, save the top piece for later.|
|Sew the lace onto the hem, between the red dots. The red dots indicate the width of the camisole template on the other side. To find the width, you can use a needle to punch through, which will leave a small hole in the weave.|
|Fold over another hem at the top, and cut surplus.|
|I have positioned the lace with pins, to make sure either end is aligned nicely with the pattern template on the other side.|
|The pins as they should be on the other side.|
|Sew a continuous line, from A to B, as shown.|
|The sewn line on the right side.|
|The top and bottom of the selvedge have to be cut, and then use clear nail hardener/polish to fray check.|
|Then use tweezers, or your thumbnail and forefinger nail to hold the selvedge, then cut into a strip and apply nail polish/hardener to the cut edge.|
|Fold over the edge of either side, along the lines of the pattern as shown. (Ignore the peach coloured thread at the bottom for the moment, it is for the ruching)|
|After folding the edges over, cut off the surplus leaving a seam allowance of a 3-5 mm. Apply the fray check.|
|With the edges folded over, sew as the red dashed line indicates.|
The following photographs are for the back of the camisole.
|With the second pattern piece, do as before, with the bottom of the piece. For the top of the piece, fold over the hem and sew a neat line of small stitches.|
|Still working on the back piece of the camisole, cut a piece of lace to sew at the top. I have removed the part below the red line, and have chosen to use the circle pattern for the centre.|
|Remember to apply fray check to the cut edge of the lace.|
|Sew the lace from the dots A to B, onto the hem on the wrong side, using overcast stitch.|
|On the right side, the neat row of stitches made earlier, hide the fact that the lace was sewn on with overcast stitch.|
|Fold over either side in alignment with the pencil marks and cut off the surplus.|
|Apply the fray check to the cut edge|
|These are the pieces of waste lace that were left over from earlier, when cutting lace for the bottom of both sides of the camisole. Apply fray check along the cut edge.|
|Fold over the hem, and insert a needle near the neat edge, in alignment with the pencil marks of the pattern.|
|This is how it should be from the front (right side, no pencil marks), the vertical piece, should be on top of the horizontal piece.|
|Now you can cut the horizontal surplus off on the wrong side, cut as close as possible, then apply fray check. Be careful not to cut too close, leave at least 1mm.|
|Once you have the first piece of waste lace sewn on, repeat for the other side, so you have a piece that looks like this. I have mine aligned so the pattern of the lace is the same on both sides.|
|Sew the front and back piece, right sides together. Sew from dot to dot as shown, and repeat for the other side. Before you do this, make sure both pieces have their ruching thread sewn. And hold the loose thread out of the way as you sew.|
|Once both sides are sewn together, flatten the seams, with your thumb and forefinger.|
|Once the seams have been flattened, cut the surplus off as shown and fray check, be careful not to cut the ruching threads. Make sure the lace at the seam is also well fray checked.|
|Ready to turn inside out.|
|When turning inside out, its best to push the bottom of the piece out through the top, to avoid pulling the lace about too much.|
|Once turned inside out, fold over the lace as shown, and cut off the surplus below the red line.|
|Using your thumb and forefinger to hold the lace in place, sew from A to B. Repeat for the other side.|
|Pressed and finished.|
I hope this tutorial makes sense, I managed to get it done in one day this time, though the actual making of the camisole, doesn't take quite as long as that. If you make one, let me know :)