It is cold, blustery and wintery, being a chilly morsel I am reluctant to turn the heating up too much out of respect not just to my purse but the planet. I am not a fan of jumpers – they seem to make me into a blob with mono boob!
I wear dresses mostly, some of them are cotton so I need a little extra warmth. These little vests might be a little old fashioned, but they are so delightfully warm without bulk and slip easily under a dress. Pretty they aren’t!
I like to wear pretty things especially underwear but these scream out old lady! bear with me, this can be beautiful with a few little tweaks.
Cut off the knicker elastic edging – it is a good time to consider lowering your neckline if you don’t want the vest to be seen. If you aren’t sure try it on under one of your dresses and mark where you want the finished edge to be.
There are so many beautiful little lace panels available – this pretty little design was relatively inexpensive – and it is beautiful!
Mark your positioning with an erasable pen, or tailors chalk. Check to see the lace is balanced and central.
You can get lovely stretch lace from eBay or your local fabric store, I bought this on eBay for about £2.99 per metre, the rickrack looks like little hearts to me. You will also need stretch needles, these are rounded so that they push between the threads rather than breaking them. Ordinary cotton thread is perfect.
Set your sewing machine stitch to a stretch zig zag – it looks like a broken zigzag, this allows the stitches to stretch with the elastic. You can see what the stitch looks like on my machine.
Attach the elastic edging around the neckline right side of the vest to the wrong side of the elastic. The decorative edge should be on the outer edge and the flat edge of the elastic should be lined up with the neckline.
Set the zigzag stitch width to cover the elastic, but leave the ricrac edge free. Stitch between the two marked points, while slightly stretching the elastic lace.
Turn the elastic under and top stitch around the neckline using a 3.5 stitch length once again stopping at the marked points.
Lay the decorative lace in place and using a narrow stretch zigzag follow the lower edge of the lace attaching it to the vest.
Trim away the vest to the zigzag edging and then you are done!
Your pretty lace detail can peek from your neckline, no-one would guess you are wearing a vest!