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What you’ll need:

  • Basic vest: basic crossed back vest.
  • Embroidered plumeti strip: 4.5 cm. wide x 60 cm. long for the top frill and 8,5 cm. wide x 30cm. long for the bottom one approximately.
  • Beading entredeux: 1 cm. wide x 70 cm. long approximately.
  • Ribbon: 3.5 cm. wide x 40 cm. long for the bow and 0.5 cm. wide x 120 cm. long to weave through the beading. Colour: blue.
  • Twill tape: 1 cm. wide x 70 cm. long approximately. Colour: blue.
  • Sewing machine, needle and scissors.
  • Thread: Gütermann 100% polyester.
  • Beads for the flower: glass pearls of 1 cm. of diameter.

How to make your vest with frills.

We love white basic tops because we like simplicity. No matter if they are crossed back or thin or think straps, with just a nice scarf or necklace our tops come alive. In this opportunity we wanted to transform this vest into an alive top with frills.
It’s very easy to make, you just have to follow these instructions:

  • Step 1: We begin by tacking the two embroidered plumeti strips to give them more fullness. We pull the tacking stitch so they gather, just as you can see in Diagram 2.
  • Step 2: We tack the thickest plumeti strip to the neck (8.5cm wide) from the centre of the under part of one of the straps to the other one. We’ll have to be really careful when finish off our seems on the edges, we can do this using the top’s fabric to conceal them.
  • Step 3: We tack the thinnest plumeti strip (4.5 cm wide) to the neck, on top of the one we already have, from one shoulder to the other one. If you’d like it not to be as long you can place the strip from the centre of the under part of one of the straps to the other one, just the way you did with the other one.
  • Step 4: Now, we sew the strips to the top with our sewing machine.
  • Step 5: We tack the beading entredeux to the edge of the neck trying to hide the seams we made when sewing the plumeti strips. We’ve placed the beading strip so the edges meet at the back. When we are done, we sew the entredeux.
  • Step 6: If you’d like you can use twill tape, on the backside of the neck, to cover the seams we made when sewing the plumeti strips and the entredeux.
  • Step 7: We weave the ribbon through the beading entredeux, making it really come alive with the colour of the ribbon.
  • Step 8: We make a bow that we’ll sew on the centre or on one of the sides of the neck of our top. 

We an also make a flower with the plumeti strip to decorate our vest. To make your flower follow the steps below:

Diagrama 1

Diagrama 2

Diagrama 3

  • Step 1: We cut a plumeti piece around 47cm. long.
  • Step 2: We tack the top part, just as you can see in Diagram 1 represented by the dashed line.
  • Step 3: We pull the thread we used to tack the plumeti strip so it gathers as much as we want, just as you can see in Diagram 2. This way our flower will have more fullness. 
  • Step 4: We sew the edges, so we have a closed piece that resembles the petals of our flower. 
  • Step 5: Lastly, we can sew some beads to the centre, the ones we like best. The result should be something similar to what you can see in Diagram 3 and the picture in the gallery at the top of the page.