Added Sep 26, 2013
by cris orange
I bought this lace in february from an elder lady who was dissolving her business (bridal gowns) and was selling some remnants. She told me this was a precious „Vorarlberger Lace“, made in Vorarlberg (a region of Austria) from pure cotton.
For a long time, I didn´t dare to touch this wonderful lace, but in august it was so far:
I picked the Vogue Pattern V1183 by Kay Unger,
which I modified correpnding to my vision: the neckline became a pointy V, the back became free (I just left away the middle part of the pattern), the zipper migrated on the side and on the bottom came a stiff flounce, that I designed myself – for the first time I also made a hand drawing.
I tried several colours as underlay for the lace and two of them pleased me most: coral and light blue. Because I couldn´t decide for one, I took both.
I sewed the complete dress including lining – well, my hubby was glowing fort he colours!
When I showed him the lace coming over the dress, he wrinkled his nose :-)
However, full of doubts I hand sewed the lace – I wanted to see this dress like I imaginated it! It cost me 3 days of handwork – my hubby asked me on and off: „what, you still didn´t finished it?“ and I answered him: „well, my dear, this is „haute couture“ handworking“ :-) (have I said that I don´t like hand sewing? I´d rather do everything by machine, it´s much faster)
Instead of darts (that waren´t possible because the lace being thick), I just cut away some butterflies – in the result you don´t see it anymore, only if you know it and look very carefully.
Well, at the end, after all doubts, I think I like the result – fortunately!
This was the last piece of sommer dresses this year – now I look forward (!!!) to winter and I can´t wait sewing coats and jackets :-)
Vorarlberger Cotton Lace, Cotton Satin with Lycra, Lining: Pong
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