Letting myself be inspired:
Sometimes I surf the internet looking for fun clothing ideas. I came across a grey hoodie with the title “Light Grey Hoodie with Sunshine Hood Lining” by “Magna Carta”. The hood is much too open for me, but the tucks and lace along the top part,bordering to the neckline, I just simply love it. So, of course I had to try to make my own version. As most of my “hoodies” have been in the past, this one is also based on “Kwik Sew 3452”. See my previous products using this pattern: https://sewingforfun.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/kwik-sew-3452-alternative-pocket-solution/ and https://sewingforfun.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/kwik-sew-3452/
I had to make separate pattern pieces for the different steps.
This is how I made my “pin tucks” with stretch lace border:
I made a separate pattern piece by copying the top area of the front panels down to the armhole area. Then I squared it of by cutting of the pieces bordering to the sides (I added them on again later). This is the area I wanted to place the “pin tucks”.
Then I made myself a pattern for the tucks. I made it larger then I wanted the final product, just to give myself some “room” to work with later. The tucks are illustrated by the “scribbled” areas. I cut a “slit” along the center, using this as a guide when «thread tracing” the tucks unto my fabric. I pinned it very securely onto the fabric before doing this.
and after (thread tracing is removed).
(remember to make the right and left pieces symmetrical). It is now time to place the lace.
First I sewed the bottom lace, folded it up towards the pin tucks, and then added lace to the sides. Finally I sewed a piece of fabric (more than large enough) to each side lace, completing the width of the final top front panel (plus a little extra). After ironing my product, I could finally cut the complete shape representing my pin tucked area of the front panels.