Have you ever wondered how to make a lace sleeve top that is versatile, allowing you to dress up or down? You can take a simple shirt and add lace cap sleeves to give it an elegantly feminine, comfortable look. It’s easy, and we’re going to show you how with this project tutorial.
Why embroider this freestanding lace sleeves top project?
Lace is a visually stunning feature that can be added to almost any garment, especially on a budget. Your clothing can look expensive while costing you less.
Not only do you get to save money, but you can also create the garment you desire! You aren’t limited to the color or style of a particular lace design, but instead, you can personalize your clothing to what best suits you (or whoever you’re making it for)!
By mixing up embroidery lace designs and rotating them here and there, you can create your own clothing masterpieces.
Now before we begin, embroidering lace is a lot of fun and we have many freestanding lace tips and tricks to share with you so you can get the best possible results. Click here to view our family’s secrets if you never have before.
Supplies required for this project:
Materials for Garment:
- Favorite top pattern
- Fabric per pattern instructions for the body of the top
- Matching thread
Materials for Embroidery:
- Embroidery thread
- Water soluble mesh stabilizer
- Water soluble stabilizer
- Embroidery designs
- Editing embroidery software
- ½ yd tulle to coordinate with top fabric
How to wash out stabilizer
To remove water soluble wash away stabilizer, rinse in lukewarm water to dissolve the visible stabilizer. In a basin of water with fabric softener, soak the article for at least one hour, rinse, soak in soapy water for at least another hour, then rinse again.
Using a small mesh laundry bag, put the sleeves in the bag and wash them using the delicate cycle. Because there are multiple layers of water soluble stabilizer, it may take a couple of washings to remove all the stabilizer. It is worth all the washes and rinses to remove all the stabilizer to produce a soft product.
To learn more about embroidery stabilizers, click here.
Bobbins for lace
When the opposing side of the lace can be seen, we suggest using a bobbin the same color as your top thread. However, sometimes it can be hard to find a bobbin the same color.
To make things easier, we suggest winding several bobbins with the embroidery thread you’re using before starting to embroidery your lace design.
This way, when the bobbin runs out, one of the extras can just be popped in. In these sleeves, we used matching bobbin thread.
Lace sleeve top tutorial
That’s it! Congratulations and great work on creating this beautiful project!
Vintage freestanding lace embroidery designs
If you’re looking for more beautiful lace designs, check out our large selection of freestanding lace here. We’re proud to say that our vintage lace designs are a piece of embroidery history. Created by our family for the wedding industry in the 1950s, each design was manually crafted one stitch at a time by European Schiffli Masters.
Conclusion: start stitching
No matter where you look in stores or online, you will never find the same garment you create. Add lace to your clothing for a budget-friendly elegant look. Now that you know how easy it is to add lace, it’s your turn! Get inventive and make your new favorite shirt, or get creative, recycle and make your old clothes new again.
P.S. This project is by Sue Ann Obremski