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Thursday, March 31

The Different Looks of Lace

This is the little blue dress I made using the wonderful Swiss Dimity fabric.
I stitched lace insertion to the hem for a  fancy look.  

When you sew lace insertion onto your fabric as an embellishment, you can choose to leave the fabric behind the lace or remove the fabric.  The look is really quite different.

The above picture shows the hem with the fabric remaining behind the lace insertion.  
I often choose this look because it is pretty without being quite as fancy.  The garment is also much stronger and durable when the fabric is left behind the lace.  This is a wonderful way to learn about stitching lace to fabric without the fear of working with  the lace.

Flat Baby Betsy is wearing the dress after the fabric is cut away from behind the lace. 
 The look is airy and the design of the lace is more visible. 

The Swiss Dimity is available in Blue, White and a pale peachy pink.  All three are beautiful!

I love both looks and make my choice dependent on a couple of things.  If I want the garment to be worn (and washed) alot, becoming a beautiful but everyday Daygown or Dress, I am going to choose the more secure method of lace/fabric.  

If this dress is going to be a special occasion garment, then I think cutting the fabric away from behind the lace gives it a more elegant look. 

 Just launder with special care.

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KarenHarveyCox said...

This is so lovely,

Kellie said...

Just beautiful and so delicate!

Martha said...

Just gorgeous as always. Love that blue dimity.

Char said...

Very soft and just beautiful. What a talent you have, Char

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