In today’s article, guide and FREE online fashion sewing video tutorial, I’d like to introduce, and briefly talk about the basic elements of lace fabric, particularly for those of you not confident with, or have little experience in using such media.
Lace fabric is a fantastic way of introducing new and exciting looks to a sewing project, and because of its intricacy, surface designs and embellishments, it really can have that eye catching, sought after look and feel.
So what exactly is lace?
Lace is an openwork fabric, patterned with open holes (the mesh) and is either made by machine or by hand. The mesh area of lace can be formed via removal of threads or cloth from a previously woven fabric, but more often open spaces are created as part of the lace fabric make up.
Lace is often made with cotton thread, although linen and silk threads are still available.
A ‘true‘ lace is created when a thread is looped, twisted or braided to other threads independently from a backing fabric.
And even though lace has been with us since the 15th century, it is still widely used within fashion sewing today.
So if you’re interested in using lace, and introducing it to your fashion sewing projects, then let’s talk a little more about the basic principles -
An Introduction to Lace Fabric with Colleen G Lea
I do hope you find the following video tutorial of some use.
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So, I hope those of you who have never worked with lace fabric before, or those worried that using such fabric is a complicated process, will endeavour to use it in an up and coming sewing project.
I will be filming more video’s using lace fabric, but why not experiment a little on some of your old projects and see that by using a little lace, it really can breathe new life into tired garments.
You may want to refer to two of my previous lace tutorials -
Lace Insertion, and
for a little more inspiration.
If you do have any questions with regards to this, or any other fashion sewing related matter, then please do get in touch.
Happy fashion sewing
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