I've had this blue blouse for ages. Made from a thin cotton, most probably voile or lawn, it's lightweight and comfortable - perfect for warm weather. Only problem is, the front is a tad too low, meaning I always have to wear a singlet or camisole underneath. That's fine on cool days, but in warm weather, the singlet makes it too hot to wear.
Browsing Pinterest one day, I came across a clip on camisole. The link went to a roundup of ways to recycle fabric scraps, but no link to the source of the clip on camisole. Nevertheless, I pinned it, thinking this would be the perfect solution for my blue top.
Last week, I was in the mood for knocking over some quick and easy projects. A short amount of sewing time resulting in a pile of finishes making me feel like I've achieved a lot, even if each project only takes minutes.
Time to look at that pin for making a clip on cami. You don't need to see any photos of me taking measurements in my bra. Ha, ha... there are no photos of this part of the process to see.
Needless to say, the clip on cami was going to sit considerably higher than I wanted. Thinking outside the square...
- camisoles often have a lace edge
- I have some eyelet lace in my stash
- why not just attach a strip of lace to the blouse
And that's what I did.
It literally took a few minutes to sew the lace to the top. All the stitching is hidden underneath the pin tucks. I don't think this method would work without the pin tucks to hide the stitching.
- cut lace to require length plus hem allowances on each side
- turn under hems once - fold to the right side of the lace
- zig zag hems
- position lace on inside of blouse - right side of lace on wrong side of the blouse
- hand sew the short ends in place
If I were to do this again, I don't think I'd use eyelet lace...
- If you look at the first photo, you can see that in my rush, I didn't centre the lace. It's not bad enough to stop me wearing the top, but it annoys me ever so slightly.
- With such a narrow gap, I think lace with a straight edge would have looked better.
- The holes in the eyelet lace don't look quite right when there's such a small amount of lace showing.
Maybe one day I will replace the lace. In the meantime, I've already worn the blouse several times.
While writing this post, I came across several sites that sell clip on camisoles. I have to say, I have never seen them in the shops. Maybe because I've never looked. In most cases they were very cheap. One Australian site I found sells a set of three for $9. That's Aussie dollars, so very cheap. There has to be a gotcha!!!
For me, though, I'm going to stick to my handmade solution. If the need arises and I need a camisole to cover more, I'll make myself a clip on cami with bits and pieces from my stash.
Have you ever come up with a make do solution - thinking outside the square, and like me, most probably breaking lots of traditional sewing rules?
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