Hot! The “Any Excuse for Lace” Cardigan

The Facts
Fabric: Lace tablecloth fabric $4
Pattern: Stretch & Sew 300
Year: 1974
Notions: 5 snaps and pearl trim from stash, bias tape $.50
Time to complete: 7 hours (7 eps of Monarchy)
First worn: Down to the in-laws’ place
Wear again? Occasionally
Total price: ~$4.50
I’ve seen a few lace cardigans around Pinterest, and I have a RTW one in navy, so I thought I’d give it a go as something that would be an embellishment to any outfit. I consider this two interpretations of the challenge in one!

I got this from the home decor section of a little fabric shop. I think it’s supposed to be for tablecloths and it wasn’t expensive so I gave it a try. Some of the edges at the neck did start to unravel a little bit but I fixed that with the bias tape finish.

The pearl trim is actually from my mom’s friend. She helped me three days before my wedding, when I was freaking out about the look of my veil (veils are WEIRD they look very pretty in photos, but having one on feels so unnatural!!) I didn’t end up using it but she told me to keep it. There was exactly enough to go up both plackets and around the neck – as if that’s what it was meant for all this time.

This is definitely a garment that falls into the “icing” category of clothes, but I figure that I have so much “cake” a little decoration is needed every now and then.



Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.


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  1. Very pretty. I might have to start searching for lace tablecloths now. ;)

  2. I love it! And I love that those pearls found their true home. ;)

  3. Hi Liz, I really love the look of the pearls aroun the neckline and front. That’s the perfect cover up for a summer night, nice job.

  4. That’s a sweet little top! You look pretty-as always!

  5. Gotta love lace. Vert pretty.

  6. I love it! I would wear it all the time. Nice work.

  7. Very pretty! Love the lace fabric and the little pearls are adorable!

  8. …and the decoration is the icing on the cake, she looks very pretty. Is Monarchy good? I’m after a new doco to indulge in. Nice work Liz.

    • Thanks, Kazz! It is pretty good so far. I think we left off at Charles II. I’m sorry to confess that our favorite part has been making fun of how many times the host narrates while slowly walking through ruins. But it is quite thorough, and not too dry.

  9. Your icing is sweet and yummy. I dig it muchly.

  10. You are quite right, it IS good to have a little icing every now and then : ) What a great interpretation of a tablecloth (for which I have a particular fondness), impressive!!