One thing WhiteTree fabrics are proud of is our extensive selection of laces. Stretch, rigid, with a scalloped selvedge, without, floral, geometric, all different colours and designs.....we have over 700 designs to choose from. So when we saw that The Greart British Sewing Bee were going to be featuring a Pencil skirt challenge where the contestants had to work with lace, we reached out to our bloggers and challenged them to make a garment of their choice, the only rule being that that had to work with lace too.  Katie chose our corded Burnt Orange Lace. Take a look at the gorgeous results below.

 GBSB Lace Challenge

GBSB Lace Challenge

Great British Sewing Bee Orange Lace Tee

When White Tree invited its blogger network to pick a lace fabric to celebrate the lace week (episode 5 of GBSB), it didn't take me long to pick my favourite. I went for this Burnt Orange corded lace because the colour is so beautiful and, being quite inexperienced in sewing lace, I thought a more rigid lace would be easier to deal with.

Great British Sewing Bee Orange Lace Tee

It's fabulous quality with a corded flower design set on a firm net background, though still with a bit of give for wearing comfort. The selvedge is edged in scallops, which I was determined to use as part of the design.

Great British Sewing Bee Orange Lace Tee

To show off the lace I picked a simple T-shirt pattern - the Salme pleated t-shirt. I did plan to add the pleats initially, but decided against it in the end as I wanted the lace pattern to be the star of the show. I made sure to line up the bodice and sleeve hems against the selvedge to be able to use the scallops for the edges.

Great British Sewing Bee Orange Lace Tee

I was going to underline the lace in a matching coloured cotton originally, but I like the idea of being able to wear different coloured camisoles underneath for different effects - I think it looks equally nice with dark and light colours underneath.

Great British Sewing Bee Orange Lace Tee

I wanted the seams to be as inconspicuous as possible, so after sewing the seams with a plain straight stitch I cut the seam allowances down to about 5mm and finished the raw edges together with a small zig zag (the fabric barely frays at all anyway). The neckline is simply turned and hemmed and of course there was no hemming required on the cuffs and bottom hem! This tee feels really luxurious yet easy to wear too. Be sure to tune in to episode 5 of the GBSB to see what one of the contestants did with this very same fabric!