One of the benefits of selling on the web is reaching people worldwide!
I was recently contacted by a bride in Australia about making flower girl dresses for her July (winter) wedding. Instead of a Chantilly lace for the leotards, she chose the alencon lace I had in stock. As beautiful as the lace was, I had never used the lace and was apprehensive about cutting and designing the first leotard. But fortunately, the lace worked really well. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved the alencon lace and how beautiful the leotards turned out. In fact, so did others because shortly after posting a photo of the alencon leotard online, I sold out the rest of the lace!
In the process of designing the flower girl dresses, the bride wanted to incorporate some of the alencon lace into a garment for herself. Due to distance and the cost of shipping mock-ups, we decided that a loose fitting simple v-neck silk top would be the best garment to make.
The top doesn’t have darts, but she may find a seamstress there to dart the top for her. Since the silk charmeuse was very unforgiving when pinned or stitched, I was afraid to dart the top without fitting the top on her first and making a mistake on the size and placement of the darts.
I used lace binding to finish the hem and sleeves. The lace binding added a nice detail to the blouse, but it made the sleeves hang oddly and move stiffly. Ultimately, I decided to remove the lace binding in the sleeves and finish them by hand.
After making this blouse and spending lots of time hand stitching the lace applique, I was reminded of how much I love hand stitching and couture sewing!!