8 Tips For Sewing With Lace

There are so many uses for lace in sewing. Accents, trims, overlays, even entire lace garments! I’m kind of lace obsessed, and I use it on so many things. I often hear that lace can be intimidating though. How are you supposed to work with it? It has all those holes and it's a super thin fabric. Well, here are a few tips that I’ve learned that may be useful ...

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A Victorian Mourning Blouse

Hello readers! I've been doing some historical sewing lately and I'm happy to share this late-Victorian lace blouse.  It was an easy project and a versatile piece for my growing historical wardrobe. As I mentioned in my last post, I made this blouse (plus underpinnings and skirt) along with an outfit for my husband.  It was quite an undertaking sewing all of that in a short period of time and I definitely ...

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Classical Ballet Tutu

Happy (late) Halloween, ya'll! My house has been abuzz these past couple of weeks, not only because I decided to wait until the bewitching hour to start my Halloween costume (doesn't that seem to happen each year?) but also because I'm MOVING TO AUSTIN! You heard that right, folks, I'm becoming a Texan. I love to treat myself to an elaborate Halloween costume when I can and this year I decided ...

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The Lace Tee (+ Tips & Tricks for sewing yours!)

About a month ago, I blogged a list of my favorite lace garments (complete with fabric and pattern suggestions to make them!). I even scratched my "must-sew-something-with-lace" itch with an off-shoulder lace top. But I just couldn't get the idea of a plum medallion lace tee shirt out of my head. This was *not* your grandma's curtain lace. It was bold, fresh, and modern in it's geometric design. Perfect for a transitional lace garment ...

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Sewing Lingerie

Hello Califabrics blog readers (and anyone else who's stumbled upon this blog)! How are you doing today? I'm back with a post about underthings. Woo hoo! I have a lot of me-made items in my closet, in fact, I pretty much wear exclusively me-mades now, but one thing I am lacking in, is underthings. I've made a few bras here and there, and I have a couple of pairs of undies, but ...

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Inspiration: Sewing With Crochet Lace

Do you ever get "handsy" with fabrics? Or a particular TYPE of fabric? You see it - maybe on a bolt, maybe on a person, and you just NEED to pet it. (One of those situations being significantly more awkward than the other...) This is me with crochet lace. Perhaps its because knitting, crocheting, and tatting are skills that have always eluded me. Thankfully - sewing has not! And with a whole stock ...

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