We were really happy when we added Amanda to the WhiteTree Blogging Team. Not only had Amanda worked with lace before (see her fantastic lace trench coat here), but she was eager to do so again. Lace is really on trend and Amanda chose one of the most popular types to work with - crochet.

She selected 9189-01 Black to work with and using Pattern Lekala 5688, she created a stunning blouse. Amanda says that she feels she does her best sewing when she works with lace.

Here's her make in full.

blouse 1

"I used post-its to record which was the right side as I was not too sure and there was a slight difference! I zig-zag stitched around each piece before I started any construction."

BLOUSE 4

"I decided to use black cotton to underline the neck and sleeve facings. I zig-zag stitched them together making sure I did not stretch the lace."

sleeves

"I spent a lot of time on the floor with this blouse as the sleeves are joined on already."

BLOUSE 3

"I used lots of pins to keep the fabric together when stitching. I used my version of a hairline seam….I used the 1cm seam allowance on a very small zig-zag stitch. I then cut close to the seam."

edges

"I then did a wide zig-zag right on the edge to stop it fraying. I decided to make the facing look like a yoke detail so after attaching it with lots of pins in use, I then sewed the facing down on the outside! I made sure it was neat!"

collar

"I did the same on the sleeves but not on the tie belt. This is attached to the bottom of the blouse. I wondered if I would lose some of the stretch if I put it on the cotton. I sewed it on to the edge and then finished the seam. I left a slight gap which has just a turned hem to allow it to be tied. I am very pleased with it!"

SHOULDER

tie

blouse full length

full length

We think this blouse looks fantastic! Light and airy for Summer, but with a smart, dressy feel that can easily be dressed up or down for any occassion. We really love Amanda's first make and can't wait to see what she comes up with next! There is something quite special in the pipeline already.....stay tuned!