Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on May 24, 2011
Hello! In my last post I told of my years-long struggle of trying to find beautiful clothing in the stores that was still modest, and how the problem of low-cut necklines was so discouraging when my only options were to wear either that or a plain, dumpy t-shirt. (In my estimation you might as well wear a black garbage sack if you’re not going to wear something pretty!) : ) Occasionally I was able to layer a low cut top with a camisole, but most of the time that option didn’t work for several reasons:
- Most tops I found were a bit too dressy to wear a casual white tank top with.
- Many of the necklines didn’t work with a regular camisole – either the straps were too wide and therefore showed beyond the shirt’s neckline, or the camisole’s neckline shape didn’t fit the style of the blouse.
- And finally, I often found that adding another layer underneath a top would make it fit funny and have a more “chunky” look to it. And in hot weather, it was not at all pleasant to wear two shirts at once!
So as I wrote earlier, the problem was finally solved when some major stretch lace manufacturers began offering their goods to a few fabric brokers, who in turn sold it to a fabric store not far from where I live. I was so excited! Not only did these laces perfectly fit the style of modern tops and gave them more detail and flair, they instantly made a low cut neckline be a couple inches higher!
And for some of the stretch laces that were too narrow for my liking, I discovered that you can easily combine two widths of the same lace to make a “tiered” panel that you can then insert into a neckline! Below I have show pictures of how you can do this quite easily. (These instructions don’t show how to determine the width to cut or how to sew the lace panel into your top, as that is shown in the Modesty Solutions e-book.)
For complete, detailed instructions and photos showing how to insert stretch lace into a top, you can purchase the Modesty Solutions e-book here, which also contains instructions for how to make almost any style of casual clothing or formal wear modest.
Hope you enjoy it!