It's lace, but not as we know it. And that's why I love it!
I fell hard for this geometric styled lace when I saw it on the Tessuti blog (they also have it in black), back in January. I hot-footed it in there pronto to get some!
Totally inspired by the black lines in Chanel's Spring Summer 2012 RTW collection, in which this lace featured (see here), I wanted to create a bit of an ode to this collection, using the #131 dress from Burda Magazine issue 07/2011 (also available as a down-loadable pattern here).
|Lining, Underlining and seams finished with rayon seam binding|
I wanted a dress that I could wear during the cooler months (of which there are plenty where I live) and also I didn't want my stretch cotton to pucker and crease every time I wore it. This fabric is the same type as the one I used to make my Green Peony, and it rather likes to get itself creased! I underlined it in a baby-blue 100% cotton flannelette which proved a solution to both quandries!
After using a thick silk satin fabric to line my Vogue Suit, I was hooked! I used the same fabric again in black (also from Clegs) which should also insulate quite nicely :) I used the mat side of the silk satin to create the piping by cutting bias strips (same way as you would for making bias tape) then using my regular zipper foot (it's the only foot I have that lets you get the needle position right to the edge of the foot) to encase the cord in the bias strips.
I really love the square neckline of the dress, and the split at one of the sides. My only bother with this pattern? No seam allowances. I would happily pay a bit extra for the pattern if it included these! I made the ultimate mistake when sewing my toile - I forgot to add them. My bad, but an annoying thing none the less.
As other sewists have discovered, the neckline on this pattern is low. I'm usually all for the occasional showing of a bit of decolletage, but even I needed to raise this a little! Using the selvedge of the lace to go over the seam edge also provide a bit of cover up.
I used silk thread to baste the lace to the backing so it can't move independently of the dress. I'm over the moon that I happen to have enough lace left to re-create the gorgeous top below I pinned a short while ago - sadly it will have to wait until I get back - as by the time this post goes live I will be in Ecuador!!! Even better - I made up Pattern Runway's Sweet Shorts which I am over the moon about - they really are gorgeous! So all I need is some on location photos... coming soon! :D
I've even got enough left over lace to make something else... I'm loving the look of this triangular lace panel top!