Hello there, I’m back!
With my entry for the Tessuti Cut Out Lace Competition. The great folk at Tessuti Fabrics are holding another sewing competition and the competition ends tonight – eeeeeek! (Why do I leave it to the last-minute?) This time the challenge is using Japanese Lace. Tessuti set a great challenge, if you want to read the “rules” head over to the blog post here.
There was a choice of red, white/cream and black lace to choose from. As much I loved the red, I chose the black because I wanted to create something I will actually wear.
The decision of what to make…that took WEEKS. I must have changed my mind about 10 times and I spent far too long staring at the panels of lace pondering my plan of attack.
One evening it came to me….create a dress version of the Republique du Chiffon Marthe Blouse! I’m pleased with how the dress turned out. . Because of the raglan style sleeves, I was able to use a vertical section of the lace and have a little flower on each shoulder.
The dress is feminine without being too girly, which is just my style. It shows a fair bit of leg, but with the high neckline and three-quarter length sleeves I think it has balance.
I followed all the competition rules, lined a dress for only the second time in my life, and created a dress I love wearing. The best bits was creating mirror images, symmetry with the lace patterns and cutting back the little circles on the hem and armbands.
So I say thank you Tessuti, I feel like a winner already! I think I’m a lace convert now, it’s not so scary to cut and sew with.
And to prove I do have a face – here I am. I managed to squint it just about every photo and discovered a rogue piece of white cotton on the back of dress after the photos, oops! Did you notice it too?
Best of luck to all Tessuti Cut Out Lace Entries, there are some amazing makes. If you would like to check them out, head over to Tessuti’s Pinterest page