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 using laces in series 3 of their show, we reached out to our bloggers to ask them to create some fantastic lace projects.
Maria not only created a fantastic outfit, she also documented every step to bring you this fantastic how-to sew with lace guide!
Be sure to stay tuned for part 2 and a very special photoshoot.
GBSB Lace Challenge
Sewing with great lace
A lace as lovely as this needed some planning to get the best result. You can see in the picture below I checked how it was cut and ran a ruler across the top edge
I clipped along the edge of the fabric so the circles all ran straight. There was a risk that I would cut out the fabric at an angle which I didn't want to risk. Below is the back pattern and I've lined the grainline along the circles.
Now to cut out the next layer for the back, I laid the first layer on the second layer so the circles match along the same grainline.
Now for the front and the front front facing. Scary but do-able. I laid the front pattern grainline following the circles. Then I laid the front facing piece on the front and drew the large circle on the pattern piece so I could match the circles. I took my time when I cut this out and I made sure there were no distractions in the house too.
Here's a closer look at the circle markings being transferred onto the front facing pattern.
You can see below where I've marked the large lace circles on the pattern piece on the bodice so the large circles would run level across the body.
Then the 'easy' part was to cut out the knit lining. I decided to sew both fabric layers together as I sewed the jumpsuit together.
Both fabrics are 'knits' and don't unravel. This made construction a whole lot easier after I managed to cut each piece out separately and aligned to the lace circles.
The buttons selected by White tree fabrics blended in so well I decided to hand sew the button holes and each buttonhole is place in the centre of each large circle.
As I've already made this jumpsuit before the proportions worked well for this fabric. The leg width was slimmed down from the first version I made and I had raised the arm curve to suit my needs.
This is lace jumpsuit a keeper. Thank you White Tree Fabrics for asking me to do this special project post. Both fabrics have been great to sew and this outfit has been easy to wear in our hot Summer weather.