Variations on the same theme, with lace!

The white lace blouse is a terribly seductive piece. The choice of beautiful lace immediately adds soul to your garment: embroidery, cut-outs, material effects, lace is an elegance enhancer. By turns retro, wise and romantic, or more disruptive and rocking, the immaculate lace blouse is more versatile than it looks. 

To present the new white lace from our Clair Obscur capsule, I sewed the pattern for the Soliflore blouse. I didn't want to overload the silhouette with ruffles or other frills, and this sewing pattern combines a streamlined cut with pretty details: a remarkable high collar and the presence of buttons that punctuate the cut.

Sewing pattern Soliflore dress/blouse - Lace, cotton voile and buttons Ecru Maison Fauve

I used our new Wink Mat Ecru buttons, with a gold detail in the center. For the collar and cuffs, I used our Ecru cotton voile and interfaced using the tri-fold method described in the Cicadella blouse step-by-step video (video available here).

I've chosen 2 very different silhouettes for my lace blouse: one more everyday, the other more formal.

Blue jeans white shirt... But in lace!

For this first look, I'm wearing my blouse with very faded Sézane jeans and little white trotters (the Zizi by Repetto). The very light, slightly faded blue of the pants is a soft match for the white of my blouse, and I'm wearing them with straight-cut, fraying bottoms (that's my grunge side ;)). Zizi are slim, supple leather shoes. Androgynous, they bring lightness and modernity to the outfit and break up the easily "flowery" side of the ensemble.

Black and white, very "grand soir".

For this second outfit, I opted for a more studied look: white lace blouse over deep black pants. Here, it's the cut of the pants that brings energy to the ensemble: the Brooklyn palazzo pants, with their pronounced hips, pleat play and wide, long legs, assert this sophisticated masculine/feminine look. The drape and rigor of the pants are counterbalanced by the airiness of the lace.

Sewing pattern Brooklyn pants - Onyx heavy viscose twill Maison Fauve


Why limit yourself to sewing a blouse when your entire wardrobe can be finished in pretty lace! Pants, skirts, shorts, shirts, dresses, even bobs- anything goes. The idea is always the same: don't confine lace to frilly tops. The ability to wear our fabric with or without a lining, depending on your choice of garment, opens up the possibilities.

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There's no limit to your desires, especially as it's not such a difficult fabric to sew: our lace doesn't slip, it doesn't warp when cut or assembled, it's easy to iron at medium temperature, it doesn't fray when sewn, and you can choose your finishing touches by overcasting the seam allowances, placing a bias cut in our white cotton voile or making English seams (by adapting the seam allowances of your pattern). Will you succumb to the beauty of lace?

1 comment

Gorgeous! Is there a tutorial for lining the soliflore blouse?

Marine November 08, 2023

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