Lace trimmed Tap Pants & Vest/Cami Top – Simplicity 8486

In Summertime I prefer to wear a divided petticoat under my cotton or jersey dresses. I make my own using Simplicity 8486 (a pattern first published in 1988) which is really for nightwear but serves the purpose beautifully. Infact, I have previously used the pattern for the short slip (view B) to make a sundress that worked out really well.


Simplicity 8486

Pattern description: This pattern is for a woman’s slip or nightgown, camisole, tap pants and robe. Details include …
* view A & B ~ fit and flare slip or nightgown has princess seams, thin shoulder straps, elasticized back, length variations and optional lace trim
* view C ~ camisole has princess seams, thin shoulder straps, elasticized back and optional purchased lace motif
* view C ~ pull on tap pants has elastic waistline casing
* view C ~ robe in long or short length has front band, side seam pockets, carriers, self tie belt and optional lace trim.

The Tap pants take 1.10m of 114 cms wide fabric. For this incarnation I used a soft Pale Pink Crepe de Chine purchased from Minerva Crafts. All seams are worked as French Seams and there is a narrow casing for the ¼ inch wide elastic for the waist. The hems are trimmed with a pretty ribbon and lace trim bought on Saturday in the Salisbury branch of Fabricland.

As I had just a bare 1 metre left of this fabric I decided to make a co-ordinating camisole/vest top using the Gretta pattern by Seamwork.

Gretta Tank Top by Seamwork

I had already drafted a copy of the pattern (when making my 2 sundresses) with the fit adjustments required for my measurements. I laid out the pattern pieces for the front and back and noticed that there was insufficient fabric to cut the facings. That’s OK, using my overlocker, I would make a rolled hem around the neckline and armholes. I cut the body pieces as long as possible to use all the remaining yardage and would extend the length of the vest/cami top by adding some more of the ribbon and lace trim.

The bust darts were stitched and then the shoulder and side seams were completed as French seams. I completed the rolled hemming around the neckline and armholes before adding the trim at the hem. The trim is stitched twice with a narrow zig-zag before the ‘backing’ (approximately 1 cm) is trimmed away.


So now I have a matching set. The tap pants can be worn as a divided petticoat and if worn with the vest/cami top they convert to a pretty set of Summer PJ’s.

I also have more of this soft Crepe de Chine in Black to make another set which will stand in good stead for the remainder of the English Summer!