Featured: Ray camie by Hengst
Romantic and feminine, this piece is a perfect layering piece and makes a statement on its own as well. Made from a heavenly blend of hemp and silk this camisole by Hengst has a beautiful drape and a flirty fit while incorporating delicate spaghetti straps and a softly gathered neck edge.
You will need:
- 5/8 yd. of fashion fabric, 45″ wide
- 2 yds. of thin rouleau or thin ribbon
- Coordinating thread
Bust measurement: measure just under arms around fullest part of chest.
Back waist length measurement: measure from nape of neck to waistline
Fold fabric in half with right sides together and align selvedges. Pin/baste selvedges.
Chalk out rectangle as illustrated based on your measurements. Cut on chalked outline to yield 2 pieces.
- On each piece, turn in each armsyce ¼” twice to the wrong side of the fabric to create a narrow double-rolled hem. Press. Topstitch.
- Do a seam finish on the side seams to neaten the raw edges. (I used pinking shears).
- On one piece, fold in half lengthwise to locate its center. Mark with chalk. From the top edge, measure down 5″. Mark with chalk. Draw a dart ½” on either side of the center mark. Staystitch the “dart” shape.
- Carefully cut the center of the dart. Roll back the cut edge and create a ¼” double rolled edge. Slipstitch the rolled edge. This will be the centerfront slit of the camisole.
- On front and back pieces, turn the top edge under 1/4″. Press. Turn ½” to make a casing. Topstitch.
- With right sides together, layer front on top of back and pin/baste side seams. Stitch using a ½” seam allowance. Press seam open.
- Turn bottom edge under ¼” and fold again ½” to create a hemline. Pin /baste hem. Topstitch.
- Thread rouleau or ribbon through the back casing and from the armhole, through the front casing to the center slit. Tie ends in a bow.