June 15, 2015

After making the Alice dress a month or so ago, I knew that I wanted to try the pattern (by Tessuit Fabrics) again, this time with some eyelet. It’s one of my favorite trends this summer. I love this eyelet because it is more geometric and less flowery like most that I find. I got it from my favorite linen store, Gray line Linens, in the NYC garment district. I wanted to keep the bottom half lightweight and flowy so I went with some black rayon challis from

After some debate I decided to make this one a top instead of a dress length because I figured that the eyelet might make the garment feel a little more dressed up, and the dress length even more so. I went with the top so it might feel a bit more everyday wearable.

I had to make a few changes to accomodate the eyelet. The yoke is supposed to be double to create a facing which I obviously couldn’t do without ruining the affect. So I made the yoke one layer and used black 1/2″ single fold bias tape to finish the neckline. There are probably better ways to do this, but it worked well for me. I think that if top was not black then this finish might end up looking a bit messy and you might be better off using a double fold bias tape and enclosing the neckline within it.

I also had to shorten the yoke on both the front and back so that it didn’t show too much cleavage. It normally hits about an inch lower than you are seeing in my pictures which with wearing a nude bra looked pretty crazy. I also had to adjust the armholes accordingly.

One last adjustment that I made was raising the depth of the armhole by almost an inch. On my last version you could see my bra when I raised my arms. An inch up was perfect for me.

Love my new blouse!

Outfit Details:

Blouse : Made by me (pattern is Alice Top by Tessuti)

Pants : Old Navy

Shoes : Lotta Clog



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  • Reply kristin June 15, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    very pretty! loving the strategic eyelet look these days; not super sheer but definitely flirty. haha.

    • Reply True Bias June 15, 2015 at 1:33 PM

      thanks kristin. exactly. feels like grown up eyelet or something?

  • Reply crab&bee June 15, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    That’s the coolest eyelet I’ve ever seen! You showcased it perfectly 🙂

    • Reply True Bias June 15, 2015 at 1:33 PM

      thanks so much! i was so happy to find some eyelet that isn’t flowers.

  • Reply Melissa June 15, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    I love it, a perfect summer top! Such a great eyelet, I might just have to pop on by Gray Line tomorrow at lunch and pick up some.

    • Reply True Bias June 15, 2015 at 1:34 PM

      you should! they have other colors too. i think i remember a mustard and a lime green even. plus i think i only paid $10 a yard for it.

  • Reply Heather June 15, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    That lace detail looks awesome! I am loving this pattern on you!

    • Reply True Bias June 15, 2015 at 3:06 PM

      thanks so much heather. i am pretty addicted to this pattern right now.

  • Reply Laurel June 15, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Amazing eyelet I really like how geometric it is, like you said. This top looks great 🙂

  • Reply Kate Carvalho June 15, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    It looks gorgeous! I absolutely love this pattern and this is a beautiful version.

  • Reply Carolyn June 15, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Love your new top and the eyelet fabric which I believe I own some of since you recommended Grey Line Linen.

    • Reply True Bias June 16, 2015 at 3:02 PM

      you do own this! i saw it in your sewing cave.

  • Reply Erin June 16, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    This looks AMAZING!! I need to make this asap… in this exact fabric.

    • Reply True Bias June 16, 2015 at 3:02 PM

      yes you should! i am a little obsessed with this pattern right now.

  • Reply Mie June 16, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Ohhhh STUNNING!!! I really really need to buy that pattern….like now…I’m going 🙂

  • Reply LaLa Sews June 16, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    What a great top! Perfect for summer. I love the geometric eyelet.

  • Reply Begum Sen June 17, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    It’s so pretty!

  • Reply Cecilia June 19, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    You have all reasons to love your new blouse, it looks gorgeous.

  • Reply Margo June 22, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Gorgeous top!! I really love the lace you choose.

  • Reply Ginger July 1, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    This is gorgeous! Geometric eyelet for the win!

  • Reply African kente July 6, 2015 at 1:19 AM

    Very pretty That is gorgeous

  • Reply Bryan July 15, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    What a clever idea Michelle! I think my son is trniyg to be a crafter himself. He took his shoe box and put a couple of holes on top using a pencil. Added grass inside. And now he is on the hunt for a bug or something to put in it! lol I wonder if young Avery will do the same! heheheHugs,Angela

  • Reply sew easy July 30, 2015 at 5:53 AM

    Oh what a gorgeous top! I came here by serendipity and i’m not disappointed at all!! The eyelet you chose is just perfect!

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  • Reply September 25, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Great article but it didn’t have everything-I didn’t find the kitchen sink!

  • Reply Lorraine Borg August 9, 2019 at 10:36 PM

    Does the eyelet have any stretch in it?
    Most lace I’m looking at has some stretch in it.
    Would that be ok to use?

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