Wednesday, September 26, 2012

L is for Lace

la la la lace. Another fabric I underestimate.  Amazing things can be done with lace.  Check out these beautiful vintage patterns for some lace inspiration:

Pattern available at Anne8865 Etsy Store

Awhile back, a fabulous blog friend and I copied a few patterns in our stash and sent them to each other.  This pattern (Simplicity 3406 from 1939/1940) was one of the goodies I got from the lovely Eileen who blogs over at Eileen's Basement.  It's definitely on my list of outfits to sew.  I just love the lace insert on the sleeve cuffs and down the front of the blouse:

Pattern available at SavageSpiders Etsy Store

1950s lace overlay blouse pattern, available at CynicalGirl's Etsy Store

1960s lace dress, available at StripedKat's Etsy Store

I even have my own lace sewing project.  You may recall that on more than one occasion this past year, I talked about making some garments from 1910s patterns.  I've started an Edwardian Era blouse based on the Wearing History's 1910s Blouse and Giumpe pattern.  Here's my progress so far:

I absolutely love the Wearing History patterns.  I bought both the lace and the teal taffeta-like fabric at a curtain and home furnishing fabric store.  I was attracted to the repeating bows in the lace pattern.  I may even finish this blouse sometime before the next Titanic centenary :-)

Lauren is currently hosting a giveaway for a reader's choice of pattern and e-product from her pattern store!  Go to this post to enter the giveaway.

I'll leave you with a few lace sewing tutorials:
  • Suzie over at It's a Stitch Up wrote a great post about her experience sewing with lace.
Any lace projects in your future?


  1. holy cow, i'm blushing! and... about to rip that dress is half and insert a waistband. methinks my short waist is not as short as methinks :)))

    you know i adore lace. it's all i can do not to work with it every minute! i loooooooove the collar on your blouse, and that blue is gorgeous!!

  2. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 27, 2012 8:42 AM

    That dress is seriously amazing! I just love the scoop back!  And no! don't rip the dress in fits perfectly!!


  3. I'm really enjoying these posts! Thanks so much for sharing them.

  4. The Simplicity 3535 is nearly identical to a late 1980s McCall's pattern that I made over and over and over again. May need to revisit it in lace. Let me suss out what the pattern number is, and I'll get your opinion on whether this silhouette resurfaces nearly intact, every 30 years. Sort of a Halley's Comet of blouses. Except not a harbinger of death. I hope.

  5. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 27, 2012 8:16 PM

    That's hilarious! You must find out the pattern number! 

  6. Debi_myhappysewingplaceSeptember 27, 2012 8:16 PM

    Thanks so much Emily!!

  7. Simplicity, not McCalls (forehead slap). Number is 8437, from 1987 -- image readily available on Google.


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