Adding Topstitching to the Alma Blouse Neckline

Just for fun, I added a little topstitching to the neckline of the Alma Blouse. I knew how sheer the fabric was when I started, but it still bothers me a little that it’s so see-through, maybe topstitching will work as a distraction!

Here’s how I did it:

I sewed the first row of stitching, following the 1 centimetre (3/8″) guideline on my sewing machine.

After that, I moved the presser foot to the left as far as it would go, and used the edge of my presser foot as a guide for the second and third rows of stitching.

The key to making it easy to topstitch is to use the edge of your presser foot as a guide, once you stitch the first line close to the edge.

What do you think? It’s subtle, but pretty. On this fabric, it sort of gets lost in the print and the fact that you can see the outline of the facing. (It might not be so transparent on a real body – my dress form is purple so her ‘skin’ shows through more than mine will.)

I do like the look of topstitching. It adds more structure to the neckline, and frames the face nicely. And I love that a bird ended up swooping across the neckline!

For more impact, try using a contrast colour thread. Or plan your project around the topstitching, with white thread on a black blouse.

You could add more or less rows of stitching if you wanted. Just move them closer together or farther apart! If you’re making the scoop neck view (the neckline on View C) you’ll have more room to add more rows of stitching as there’s no centre ‘V’ to go around.

An added bonus: the extra topstitching will keep the facing in place, making it less likely to flop out of your neckline!

Want to get started on your own Alma blouse? Get the pattern here.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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15 Responses to Adding Topstitching to the Alma Blouse Neckline

  1. PerlenDiva August 10, 2012 at 7:14 am #

    Neat! And such a cute anti-flopping measure ;-)
    I could also envision using decorative stitches for topstitching, especially on a solid fabric.

  2. Shelley August 10, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    Very pretty. Love it. I also like PerlenDiva’s decorative stitching idea. Sweet. Now I’m REALLY dying to work on my first Alma.

  3. Marie August 10, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Love the topstitching!!!

  4. Trisha August 10, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    I agree with the comments above, the topstitching looks great. Can’t wait to see this blouse on you!

  5. Funnygrrl August 10, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    Beautiful topstitching! And good to keep your facing in place.
    I love the V notch neckline the best for the Alma. Can’t wait to make this up!

  6. nothy lane August 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    I like the topstitching a lot too. I think I will have a few versions of this, so I will try one with topstitching.

  7. Erin B August 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    Great addition to this blouse. Makes me want to go topstitch crazy on all my projects.

  8. Nicole August 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    I really like this idea, could definitely have some fun with contrasting thread. Beautiful fabric even if it is on the sheer side :-) you should make a pretty camisole to wear under

  9. Joyce Wilson August 10, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    The topstitching just finishes off this lovely pattern. You are so talented. I am an older lady and have certainly learned a lot from your website since I found you yesterday. In fact, I can’t seem to get away from the computer…..this is not good. God bless and have a wonderful life sewing.

  10. Carolyn August 11, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    I love the look of topstitching along a neckline, and it works really nicely for this blouse. I agree that it gives the neckline just a little more structure, and I like the professional look of it. Nice job! : )

  11. josephine August 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Hey! I like the idea of the topstitching.
    I somehow always end up with sheer fabrics, don’t really know why, So I’m always grumpy about visible facings, seams and stuff like that.
    Maybe it can be an idea to make the facing in a color that is close to your skin color, that way the facing will blend in when you wear it.

  12. Agneta August 13, 2012 at 2:31 am #

    Very cute! I can’t wait to get home where my pattern will be waiting so I can get started. :)

  13. Jessica August 13, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    Lovely distraction!

  14. Gayle August 27, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    Hi, I read your blog every so often. I have been sewing my own clothes for a few years now. I love the light weight fabrics for summer. Everyone talks about them being see through, and or adding cost by lining the fabric. I use to just cut two layers of the same fabric and use it as one piece when I sew it together, but as you know cotton lawn/voile can get quite expensive. I finally bought some muslin and made myself a full slip and a cami from a regular pattern for a dress. I put thin straps on the slip and cami and my problem is solved for about 7 dollars. Now when I get that beautiful fabric for a summer outfit I don’t have to double the price. Its still very light weight and no peep shows!!


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