Monday, May 30, 2011

100 followers giveaway: vintage lace!

Yay, I have 100 followers! Thank you so much, dear readers. I enjoy your feedback as much as the process of writing and sewing!

Now, following the best traditions of sewing blogs I am hosting a giveaway - and the prize is ... a set of three bands of beautiful vintage lace. 

I thought it would be so timely for this season - lacework and embroidery is everywhere. Paired with white, it makes a perfect summer piece. You can make a top, a dress, a pair of shorts, or use it as a detail on a light summer jacket. Imagine it with denim, for example... 








Each of these pieces is almost 1.5 yard long and, with some luck, this beauty may belong to you.

You can enter the giveaway by leaving a comment under this post. The giveaway is open to existing or new followers anywhere in the world.  I would also love to hear what you would want to make with the lace, but this is not a pre-condition for joining the giveaway. So, good luck and enjoy some inspiration from the runways, below:


Image: Style.com (Dolce & Gabbana, Spring 2011)

Image: Style.com (Dolce & Gabbana, Spring 2011)

Image: Style.com (Dolce & Gabbana, Spring 2011)

... and here are some styling tips from the UK edition of  Harper's Bazaar (June 2011):

  • accessorize with hippie-inspired pieces or a stack of bold silver bangles or layered necklaces
  • pair white flared jeans with an embroidered waistcoat
  • add some warmth to your look with natural-hued accessories




I forgot to add, post comments by Sunday, June 12th - the winner, which will be drawn randomly, will be announced on Monday, June 13th! 

37 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the big one-oh-oh! I haven't made anything from my lace stash in some time, but I just can't seem to let any of it go, because it's all so beautiful!

    I enjoy your blog, thank you :)

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  2. Hello, what lovely lace and inspiring pictures! I think I would use it as an inset to a blouse or possibly to embellish the pockets of a dress or skirt.

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  3. Beautiful lace. Have enjoyed reading your blog. New follower to a lot of blogs, and didn't know what I was missing!

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  4. I love the lace--delicate but not frilly! And I love your blog. Not sure what I would do with the lace, but maybe use it to trim whatever I wind up making from all the thrifted leather and suede I've been accumulating?

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  5. Ooo! I need to make some steampunk/Victorian things by October, so some would go to a Victorian blouse. And perhaps some hippie-ish top or dress for the rest.

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  6. Looks gorgeous. I've been thinking about making an Edwardian-ish white blouse with lace inserts for this summer. Thank you for hosting such a pretty giveaway!

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  7. I have a little cute Burda summer dress pattern lying around calling for lace inserts on the shoulders. I would probably whip that up with the top laces :)

    PS: Extremely excited to see your chanel style jacket. My attempt did not work out as well as I had hoped - but I have to try again, it's such a perfectly wearable item!

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  8. Congrats on reaching the 100 milestone! The lace is fabulous for so many projects. How to pick one?

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  9. Congratulations! I'm hoping to make a short white peasant dress for summer with lots of lace accents~

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  10. Congratulations.

    I'd like to make a delicate tunic top with lace trim on the sleeves and neckline...

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  11. Oh, I guess I am not the only one loving this look :-) Thank you for sharing your ideas here!

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  12. Congratulations on the 100th foloower. Many more will ocme, I'm sure.

    If I won the lace I would put it in a handsewn 17th century shift I'm making. Very vintage in other words. ;)

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  13. Just found your blog and will follow. Congrats on your growing following. I use lace a lotm usually in children's garments and collect vintage lace as well. Nice giveaway!

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  14. Oh! Congrats on the 100 followers! That lace is lovely, I must say.

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  15. Isis, that's amazing! A 17th century shift - what a unique project!

    Bunny, yes, I also love using lace in children's garments! Not easy to find a nice garment with lacework in stores nowadays, right?

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  16. Ladykatza, I saw your recent post about the Ralph Lauren collection - there is a lot of vintage lacework there. I guess, it would yield interesting results - combining lace with plaid...

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  17. Congratulations on making 100 followers. I have to say that is pretty lace. i'm starting 6form in 3 months which im wanting to set my own trend (make my own clothes) got a lotta work to do i have... would love to use this lace as a trim on either my warehouse bag which ive sown buttons and mini pegs all over OR on a pair of denim shorts i'm going to be trying to make next >.< hope i win, would be great (if i do, you can contact me on flickr... my name is 'flyaplaneintome' <inspired by a song (german band) Thanks :D

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  18. I've been loving your daily blog from couture sewing camp! It's such a pleasure to watch your jacket come together. I've been meaning to make a few light silk camisoles this summer, and your laces would look lovely set into the seams! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. I'm a new follower and, in the short time that I've been following you, you inspired me to add a couture lining to a dress I made for my movie premiere last week. So thank you! It turned out amazing.

    I'd use the lace for a hair fascinator, garter, or maybe some lingerie. My favorite lace applications.

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  20. Congrats on gaining a nice following. I don't think I'm a part of your Google Followers list, but I do follow your blog through my reader. I have a skirt that has three horizontal lines of lace breaking up the bottom third, similar to the photos you posted above. I'd love to make a similar skirt with the lace in this giveaway.

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  21. Congrats on the followers! I am proud to be counted among them :)

    I have been eyeing a very hippie chic skirt made of lace stitched to layers of mesh and would love to make one for myself.

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  22. Just found your blog, and I'm loving it! Don't know what I'll make with the lace, but it is beautiful, so I'm hoping I'll come up with something worthy. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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  23. I have just made my first baby dress, even though all three of my children are well past that stage! I loved it so much and would love any excuse to make another. I would most definitely use the lace to embellish a floaty little girl dress and some matching white slippers! Also I'm so honoured to be in your reading list. I have only just discovered yours and I dream about making couture dresses. Way out of my league for the time being but I can see you will be a huge inspiration to me. I'll be back! x

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  24. I hope I'm not too late. If I won, I'd like to replicate Sarai's blouse here: http://www.sewweekly.com/2011/03/a-common-thread-the-daring-secretary-blouse-by-sarai.html

    *crossing fingers*

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  25. One hundred followers! Wonderful. And vintage lace is the perfect embellishment to a summer blouse or skirt. Thanks for your blog.

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  26. I hope I'm not too late. If I win, I'll make a dress for Tessuti's "linen and lace" competition.

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  27. I only found your blog a little while ago and love it. Congratulations on getting to 100 followers.

    Where would I use such pretty lace? I'm a new sewer so not sure! Would love to have a go at a flouncy gypsy skirt and use the lace to trim that.

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  28. Yeah for vintage lace and Frabjous blog. If I win I promise to craft a tasteful outfit that won't place the lace over any....ahem...indelicate bits!

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  29. As a total aside ..... having just re-read my own post on your blog, is there a better term than calling oneself a 'sewer'?

    In reading it again, I'm now thinking of a smelly pipe that carries unmentionable stuff away :)

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  30. HI Elaine, I have never thought of it, but now that you say it :-)))
    I don't know? Fiber artist? Stitcher? What a good question for a larger community, or?

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  31. Congrats on breaking the 100, I would love to join in your giveaway, if it's not too late! I would definitely incorporate it into a garment, I'm currently collecting vintage sewing patterns so it would be fitting to use the lace with one.

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  32. Mmm, lovely lace--maybe a blouse that hints at heirloom styling.

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  33. Hi Marina,
    Well, with my own very novice status, fibre artist sounds far too grand. However, 'stitcher' I can live with :)

    But I did have to chuckle when I suddenly noticed the other meaning of 'sewer'! Isn't the English language wonderful :)

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  34. I love lace and would love to be included in your giveaway.

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