Hello! While I was making my second pair of Fifi Pjs I thought I’d take some photos of what I did to add the lace to the top of the cups & also to the shorts’ hems. This was really to remind me how I did it, but look, I can share and maybe it’ll be useful to you too? Maybe you bought the Fifi boudoir set, or have another pattern to make summer PJs. This method could also be used for a special camisole & french knicker set.
We will start with the shorts as they are arguably more complicated but will get you in the swing for the camisole top.
First of all press the hem allowance on the shorts with a single fold.
Open out the fold then pin lace right sides facing the right sides of the shorts with the edge of the lace 2mm across the fold – 2mm closer to the raw edge of the hem than the fold itself. Does this diagram below help at all? The lace is on top of everything, but I’m showing where the folded edge sits in relation to the top of the lace.
Join the lace before you attach it to the shorts. To do this you will need to just about pin your lace around the edge of your hems so that you can see how long it needs to be. When you get to the join, unpin a little each side and pin your lace together to join it, right sides of the lace facing each other. Play around with the pins to make sure that the seam you sew gives you the right size of lace circle to sit nicely around your shorts hem.
Stitch this seam in your lace, trim the seam, then re pin the lace circle back to the 2mm from foldline of your shorts.
Time to attach the lace to the shorts!
You should still be looking at the wrong side of the lace, it should be sitting on top of the shorts’ right side of fabric. Use a small narrow zig zag to attach the straight edge of the lace to the shorts’ hem allowance. This will be a very narrow seam.
Trim the seam allowance close to your zig zagged lace hem (maybe about 0.5cm).
Refold the hem allowance along the original pressed hem fold & with a straight stitch on the right side of your shorts, edge stitch really close to your hem fold, making sure you catch the remaining trimmed zig zagged seam allowance – you don’t want the zig zagged edge to be visible through the lace hem.
That’s it! Repeat for the other side 🙂
For the camisole top, you just need to get your edge stitching ready. I finished off the cups as per the instructions for making Fifi- with a narrow double hem. I then attached the lace so that its straight edge was about 2mm behind the rightside’s edge of the cups & edge stitched it to attach it. When you come to attach the cups to the bodice, you can see there is an overlap of the lace at the centre – all it needs is a little diagonal seam to join the two pieces of lace together neatly. Pin it until you are happy with it then stitch on your machine, right sides together.
Are you going to give it a go? Will you be spicing up your summer Pjs with some ooh la la lace?