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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Lovely Lace

So awhile back Louise wore an outfit with this fabulous lace vest (it was a different outfit from the one I linked)...and I fell instantly in love...I knew I had to try to make one for myself (I even commented and told her the same thing) onto my (very long) list of things to make it went....and I finally found to time to make it...and not only did I make one for myself but I also ended up making one for Brianna as an (early) birthday gift as now that she will have recieved it by now (once again this is scheduled) I am finally able to post some pictures.

***Note to readers...the rest of this post might be quite boring if you haven't the slightest idea about sewing***

I actually happened to have some white lace left over from a Wedding dress that I had made for a friend.  Unfortunatly I didn't have enough fabric along the scalloped edge to have it all around the bottom on the vest so I improvised.  To make this vest I used a regular princess seamed vest pattern and adjusted the front panels so that I could cut it out using the scalloped edge.  What I did was add 2 extra seams to the front panel (which turned the front panel pattern piece into 3 pieces)..I then lined the new pieces up on the fabric so the ouside edges were on the scalloped edge of the lace.
When I sewed all the pieces together instead of sewing a straight seam with the fabric pretty sides together, I over lapped the seams and used a zig-zag stitch to slightly follow around the lace shapes down the length of each seam and then I trimmed the seams back to about 3mm from the stitch line on both sides of the fabric.  This allows the seams to blend in better with the lace.
Finally I sewed (zig-zagged) white ribbon around all the raw edges of the lace to give it a more finished look (the back of the neck, the bottom hem where the scalloped edge ended, and around the arm holes).
The whole vest maybe took an hour to I was quite thrilled how everything came together...and now I can't wait to wear it!!


Alluring Bath & Beauty said...

I love it! I can't wait to see what you wear it with!

frances said...

I love it! I'm a sewer so I appreciated all the details. The first thing I noticed from your photo was the edging.....very nice. I like it a lot! Great job!

Brianna said...

Ooh, you need to wear it in your next post :) can't wait to see.

Kimberellie said...

This is a great tutorial! I can't wait to see YOU wear it!!

Shop T.O. Live said...

Just catching up with your blog.

Your little girl is the sweetest looking thing - I can't believe she pulled down that plant and that she's climbing stairs.

I was thinking about what you said about the wedding rings, and funnily, I do the same thing when Jon and I go traveling. That's probably the only time we always wear our rings - I think we just don't want to bother seeing the judgment in people eyes.

Melrose said...

the white ribbon is a beautiful addition to the scalloped edges.
you make me want to start sewing again! I don't know where you find the time though!

Brianna said...

I love my lace vest! Thanks again!

thehautepursuit said...

kudos!!! yeah I haven't sewn in like over 10 years!!!! hahahah and then the first project i work on are lace bell bottoms....not very thought out :P

This looks great! and I think the finishing of the edges is a great idea. I think for my next pair i'm going to try to find a more stretchy/jersey lace fabric. the one I used here was waaayyy to close to real lace....i def can understand why lacey frocks are so much more now!

thanks for the tip! hope to see u around again :)


Barbro Andersen said...

Wow, this is really beautiful! You're very talented :)