Another day in the sewing room and I now have the final finished version of a Modesty panel Camisole top in White Crepe de Chine complete with lace trimmed panel.
Having made the required alterations to the toile and transferred the changes to the pattern I then copied out a new pattern. I found some White polyester Crepe de Chine in my stash which was just right for this project. I also had some short lengths of pretty White scalloped-edge lace for trimming the modesty panel.
The bust darts were stitched on the sewing machine. I used the 3-thread overlocker for the first pass on French seams for the shoulder and side seams which were then stitched again on the sewing machine. I overlocked the raw edge of the scoop neckline before turning to the inside and stitching in place. The armholes were bound with narrow self-bias binding. The hem has a rolled hem sewn with the overlocker. The front panel was cut on the fold so that it is self-lined and the lace was applied with a narrow zig-zag stitch. Lots of different techniques and finishes on this ‘simple’ top.
Once the main camisole had been completed I had a fitting and pinned the modesty panel in place. I needed to raise it about ½ inch but apart from that everything was fine.
I am very pleased with my make and it looks lovely just peeping out at the base of the V-neckline of the wrap tops. However, it has taken two sessions of sewing, although the materials all came from my stash and are therefore ‘free’ it does not really compare economically when you can buy a ready-made top for £7.99 from eBay!