Every little girl loves lace and roses! This tutorial will show you how to take the Boardwalk Boutique Halter Top up a step with a pretty, lace back.
Start with the Boardwalk Boutique sewing pattern.
Choose your lacy trim. I use pre-gathered lace because it’s already got a pretty, hemmed edge. When you buy it, buy as wide as you can. Smaller dolls will use smaller trim. If you use eyelet or lace fabric, simply follow the directions as written. Use these few changes to add the lace trim to the back of your halter top.
Carefully remove the stitching of the top of the lace trim with a seam ripper. If you lace trim is much wider than the pattern piece, you can cut it off. As you can see in the photo below, my trim was just a little shorter than my pattern piece (no need to turn up the 1/4th hem at the bottom) so I knew my top would be just a bit shorter than the pattern.) . Iron your trim and cut it the right size based on the pattern piece. Cut out your front, facing, and ties (or ribbon).
Construct the front of the halter top according to the pattern directions, to include the back elastic casing and elastic. You will have to hem the front piece before you attach it to the back. Determine how big this hem needs to be based on the lace back piece as seen in the photo below. Serge or zigzag the front hem, press up, and stitch in place. With right sides together, sew the back to the front on each side.
It’s kind of hard to photograph these dolls’ backs. 🙂
Try this simple hack of the Boardwalk Boutique Halter Top for your dolls! See more ways to sew this pattern here and here.