Lace Banksia

I’ve been on a bit of a monochrome kick lately…

Lace Banksia, Silk and Lace Top

This is my last black and white outfit, I promise! Although I am thinking of making something in grey…. Anyway, today’s offering is technically probably cream or ivory:

Lace Banksia, Silk and Lace Top

This is probably my favourite make for a very long time! Those who know me well, know how much I love lace and silk. I had a genius moment a while back whilst out shopping with my sister at a local antiques barn when I spotted a lace doily being sold for about £3. It was in really good condition and very fine. I looked at it and thought it would be perfect embroidered onto a simple top. And you know what? I think I’m right!

Lace Banksia, Silk and Lace Top

A little while later, I got round to actually making it up and I used the Megan Nielsen Banksia Top pattern as the base and omitted the sleeves. I used the same silk as my previous Banksia top which complimented the cream colour of the lace. I used some ivory bias binding to finish the raw sleeve edges and I French Seamed the interior of the top before simply appliquéing the lace to the top. As there was so much of it, it was a little bit fiddly.

Lace Banksia, Silk and Lace Top

This is one of those tops that looks like it could be very expensive but in reality all it cost me was the £3 for the doily as the silk was a hand-me-down from my grandmother and the binding was also given to me by one of my grandmother’s friends. Yep, at times likes this, I’m a very lucky girl!

Lace Banksia, Silk and Lace TopIn case you’re getting sick of me only wearing jeans…. This is what it looks like tucked into a skirt.

Lace Banksia, Silk and Lace Top Lace Banksia, Silk and Lace Top



5 thoughts on “Lace Banksia

  1. sewruth says:

    Exquisite! And what a great idea to incorporate antique lace into a 21st century item. You’ll be able to wear this day-time and night. Great inspiration, thanks.

  2. emliu says:

    This is so beautiful! I’ve always wanted to do something like this, I love lace so much but it’s often hard to incorporate it into sewing without it looking cheap and homemade. Any chance you could elaborate a bit on how the appliqueing worked? Thanks!

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