As May flowers roll into the June heat, it’s time make sure your wardrobe is blooming to match your summer plans. The Apricot Ensemble would be a peachy addition to your seasonal outfit schedule. With a lace up crop top and no uncomfortable closures, this adorable sewing pattern can be your next sleepwear set in a subtle charmeuse, or luxurious lingerie in a luxe lace. For those of you who think it’s too lovely not to flaunt, try a floral voile for the perfect festival look and let the good thymes roll!
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 2 yards Mood Exclusive Ardhanarishvara’s Creativity Cotton Voile
- 1 yard Ravello White Mercerized Cotton Shirting
- 1 pkg Dritz Large Gold Eyelet Kit
- White Triangle Bra Cups – Size 6
- 1 pkg Dritz Lingerie Strap Slides and Rings
- 1 pkg Dritz White Plush-Back Elastic
- MDF145 – The Apricot Ensemble Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
Let’s begin with the shorts, since they go together much more quickly.
Start by sewing your two front pieces together at the front rise. Since the voile I used is rather sheer, I lined this portion of the garment. If you’re following suit, sew the lining and main fabric at the same time, as if they’re one layer of fabric. Finish with French seams, like you see in the center image below.
Repeat to connect your two back pieces at the rear rise.
Along the top of your front shorts panels, add your front waistband. To do this, fold the waistband in half along the length and attach using a French seam, like you see in the lower right-hand image.
Fold the top edge of the back of your shorts down a 1/2″, toward the wrong side of the fabric, and then another full inch. Sew along the edge of the fold, creating a 1″ casing for your elastic. Cut a piece of elastic 2″ shorter than half of your waist measurement, and feed it through the casing. Pin the elastic at either end of the casing, gathering the back shorts panels, and attach the front and back of your shorts at the sides and inseam.
Hem the outer edge of your shorts ruffles and connect each of the ruffles short edges to create a circle from each piece. Pin each ruffle to the hem of each leg of your shorts, gathering it a bit more toward the outer seam. Your shorts are complete!
When starting the shirt, I decided to line the front of the garment twice – once like I did with the shorts, with a layer being sewn along with the main fabric, and then another that’s just the lining. This was just because I added bra cups to this top, so I didn’t want all of the inner workings of the shirt to be seen through the thin voile.
To start sewing, attach your center front and side front bodice pieces like you see below. The seam allowance can be clipped and pressed.
Pin your bra cups to the lining layer of your bodice, and then stitch it into place with a zig-zag stitch along the bottom. The top point will be sewn into place later when attaching your lining and main fabric.
Next, you’ll need to create your shirt straps. For each one, I used a 1″x20″ strip of voile.
Fold the strip in half along the length, fabric faces together, and stitch along the edge. Turn the strap right side out and sew one end to a bra slider. Loop the other end through a ring and then lace it through the slider as well. You now have an adjustable strap!
Cut 2″ off the end of your strap and loop it through the ring. This bit will be sewn to the back of your shirt in the next step.
Pin the longer end of your straps to the tip of your front bodice, and then small loop at the back (roughly 2″ to either side of center back).
Next, you’re ready to start attaching your lining to the main layer of the shirt. Sew it only along the top and center front, sewing your straps into place and leaving the entirety of the bottom open. Clip your seam allowances.
Sew your two shirt ruffle pieces together along one of the short edges. Place this seam at the center back of your shirt and evenly gather the ruffle along the hem of your shirt on the main fabric layer only. Stay-stitch into place.
Pin your main layer to the lining layer along the hem of your shirt, sandwiching your ruffle in between and tucked inside. Sew along the bottom, leaving 2-3″ open toward the center back to pull the garment right side out. Once your garment is turned, press around it’s entirety and slip-stitch the 2’3″ opening closed.
Lastly, insert 8 eyelets along the center front of your shirt, following the instructions on your Dritz eyelet kit. Create a tie the same way you created your straps and lace it through the front of your garment to complete!
How will your be styling your version of the Apricot Ensemble? I can’t wait to hear about your design ideas in the comments!