A lacy designer-inspired top


Well, it’s time to deck the halls and ourselves too! It’s December, a month so cold and gray, we’d probably all go crazy if we didn’t have a few parties to attend.Today, the party I’m thinking about is here, in the blogging world, Designin’ December, a sewing initiative created by Linda of ‘Nice Dress, Thanks I made it’. The idea is to find an inspiring frock from a Designer then create your own version.

My lacy top was inspired by a Alberta Ferretti design that I first noticed in a Vogue magazine article.


When I saw the lace detailing, it was instant love. I had to have that look in my closet. After studying the photo a bit, I realized the elements of the basic sweater were simple. It was really the lace embellishment that made it unique.  So, I found some red and black herringbone sweater knit in my stash and decided to embellish it with black lace, a combination that would work well for holiday dressing.


The pattern I used is McCalls 6614, a simple, close fitting pullover top with princess seams and a narrow hem, but any basic knit top pattern would do as well. Of course, I wanted to use this pattern because I’m obsessed with princess seams, but they aren’t critical to the design. I opted to color block the side panels and the neck band for contrast.

The biggest challenge? Finding the right lace – – it had to be wide enough to be the focal point of the sweater. Needless to say, I became obsessed. After driving all over town in the rain, I finally found the perfect lace at Fabric Depot. To add the embellishment to the top, I simply marked the bodice pieces and the sleeve pieces with tailor’s chalk, then basted the lace to the fabric at my markings. Then, I finished assembling the bodice, adding the side panels and inserting the raglan sleeves. The raw ends of the lace were hidden in the side and sleeve seams.

This is an easy pattern but the placement of the lace was challenging, and it was hard to keep the fabric under it smooth as I based it on. The process was a bit time consuming, but I like the end result. This top will be easy to dress up or down, and it’s cozy too, a plus at this time of year.

After studying Alberta Ferretti’s designs, I’ve become a fan.

The fabrics are rich looking (brocades and velvets, among them) and her color combinations are inspiring. If only we could find anything close to those brocades in the stores….but I digress :).

I can’t wait to see everyone’s creations during Designin’ December. The fashion runways are full of inspiration, especially at this time of year, so who knows? There may be another designer inspired ‘make’ from me before this month is done.

Happy sewing and thanks for stopping by!

12 thoughts on “A lacy designer-inspired top

  1. Linda of Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! December 9, 2015 / 6:28 pm

    Love it! You’re right, it can be dressed up or down. Isn’t it terrible how difficult it is to find the right supplies sometimes! 😭 I’m going to let everyone know about your inspiration and your copy on my blog tonight, if that’s okay with you! Love that designer’s work. I’m going to have to find more of his! Thanks for participating and you did a beautiful job! 🎉💃🎊 Bravo!

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    • ellegeemakes December 9, 2015 / 6:34 pm

      Thanks! Of course you can post my make on your blog! I’m so inspired by this designer..might have other makes in the offing.

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  2. Thimberlina December 10, 2015 / 2:39 am

    Found you via Linda’s blog post, loving your designer sweater, brilliant job! 😀

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    • ellegeemakes December 10, 2015 / 6:42 am

      Thanks so much! I think this is one make I’ll wear a lot.

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  3. sewbussted December 10, 2015 / 11:44 am

    Lovely, and great use of the lace 🙂

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    • ellegeemakes December 10, 2015 / 12:47 pm

      Thanks! I can’t resist a bit of lace.


  4. Stephanie Koski December 12, 2015 / 7:32 am

    I love this, Linda!!!!

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    • ellegeemakes December 12, 2015 / 8:48 am



  5. Mads (lifeinamadshouse) December 14, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    I love this top! The color is very festive without being limited to holidays-only wear, and the lace really adds a luxurious feel to it. Great inspiration!

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    • ellegeemakes December 14, 2015 / 1:10 pm

      Thanks!! I owe it to Designing December.😀Always nice to get a creative push…

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      • Mads (lifeinamadshouse) December 14, 2015 / 1:15 pm

        How right you are!! I used to wonder if I would ever be able to sew anything without a motivating challenge or sewalong of some kind, haha!

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