One thing WhiteTree fabrics are proud of is our extensive selection of laces. Stretch, rigid, with a scalloped selvedge, without, floral, geometric, all different colours and designs.....we have over 700 designs to choose from. So when we saw that The Greart British Sewing Bee were going to be featuring a Pencil skirt challenge where the contestants had to work with lace, we reached out to our bloggers and challenged them to make a garment of their choice, the only rule being that that had to work with lace too. Amy chose our beautiful Teal Leaf Lace. Take a look at the fabulous results below.
GBSB Lace Challenge
Hello Sewing Bee fans!
The lace has such a pretty scalloped selvedge I wanted to showcase that. So I thought if I made a strapless dress I could include a scalloped neckline and hem.
I used my tried and true Butterick 5351 as a starting point. This is a non-stretch lace and I found a teal rayon to use as a lining. I underlined the lace using tiny hand stitches and then changed the order of the construction to line the bodice and added fabric covered boning. I decided not to line the skirt and just underline it; the skirt pieces are just two gathered rectangles.
I don't personally think this is the type of lace to worry about pattern matching. The leaf design is quite free flowing so seam lines don't interrupt the print too badly. I bet I'd get marked down on the sewing bee though.
Before I started I washed the lace on the cool handwash setting of my washing machine, and because it's a cotton lace there was a little shrinking but no colour fading. There's not a massively clear difference between the right and wrong sides either. It was a really nice lace to work with.
So there you have it! A sweet new blue dress paired with a black patent belt and shoes.