Thursday, January 30, 2014

On-My-Sewing-Table and Other updates

I realized that I haven't posted images of finished garments for a while, readers. It was mostly tutorials and step-by-step accomplishment of my embroidery course lately. The major project was the Gucci-inspired dress, the images will follow once I am finished with all the related tutorials - there are two more to come.

Another recent project was the Blue Crayon dress for my daughter, which was based on a Burdastyle pattern. It turned out quite cute, so that's another to-do post. Taking images is not my strength...

Finally, as everything is falling into place, I got to make a few announcements related to my Year-of-a-Skirt Resolution. The first news will come beginning of February, and it is an exciting one for me, and, hopefully, for you too.  (I am not planning to release a pattern, if you are wondering :)

Tomorrow, I will continue the Straight Skirt Draft-Along, so stay tuned. Today, I wanted to introduce my January Skirt project, an A-Line skirt in black Alençon Lace.


I bought it at my favorite Komolka (fabric store) in Vienna, and it was worth a fortune. I was lucky that it has scallops on both edges, and is wide enough to cut the skirt across. I took a yard, just enough to fit the width and a belt. But, after all, talking about the price, it is just slightly more expensive than an average Zara skirt. I like Zara design a lot (even though it is a post-runway rip-off more or less), and used to be a Zara customer, but it seems their quality worsened over time (or maybe I developed a better eye). In addition, for some reason, most of the skirt styles are way too short. There is a similar skirt for sale on Net-a-Porter, exactly what I want, but for a whopping USD 1,195

Source: Net-a-Porter

I am drafting the pattern myself, but if you want to sew a similar skirt I can recommend this Burdastyle pattern as an option. If you do choose it, I'd suggest eliminating the center back seam and moving the zipper to a side seam: it's better to have less seams for lace. As I move along, I will post work-in-progress tutorials: there will be three for this skirt, covering side seams, hem and lining. Hope you'll find them helpful.

Have you sewn with (Alençon) lace, readers? What was the most challenging part of it for you?

37 comments:

  1. I was really disappointed when the draft-a-long fizzled out last year, but it sounds like you in a better position to make it informative and successful for everyone. Just wanted to let you know that I'm really looking forward to continuing. Thanks for picking the project back up!

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  2. Beautiful lace! I made a lace skirt for Christmas. It wasn't as challenging as I thought. I underlined the lace, eliminated the center back seam, used the scallops for the hem and put in a hand picked zipper. I've been wearing it a lot!

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    1. Hi Marianne, thanks for letting me know - I just went over to your blog and checked out the lace skirt - looks beautiful! And I loved your Chanel apron :)

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  3. This has nothing to do with your skirt, the lace is gorgeous btw, but about posting pictures from Net a Porter on my blog. I tried to post a picture of the Fendi coat I am knocking off and all I could get was a very tiny picture that was totally pixelated when I tried to show it enlarged. How did you manage the above pictures?

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    1. Nancy, I just do a screenshot. If you are a Mac user, you can hit SHIFT+COMMAND+4 and select the portion you want. This should give you the same quality as what you see on their webpage, in the same size you are viewing. Send me a mail if you have difficulties, I'll try to help you... mvk(dot)fashion(at)gmail(dot)com

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    2. Thanks Marina. I don't have a Mac but I figured out how to do it. Actually, my son reminded me he's shown me how to do it.
      Did you buy the lace here?

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  4. I'm not big on lace, but I love the way that skirt looks; just understated enough. I'm a big believer in splurging on fabric, especially nowadays when fast fashion is awful and designer prices are in the stratosphere.

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  5. What beautiful lace! I can't wait to see all of your projects.

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  6. I made a dress 20 years ago with lace like that - it was a baby doll style dress and it was a beautiful cotton crepe with the bodice covered in the lace - how hard do you think it was to find red lace... it took for ever (way before internet). I just figured it was a primary colour so should have been everywhere. Anyway no tips because I didn't have a thought to think it would be any different - just went blindly along. Had no problems and when I wore it to a wedding, my sister had a bought dress very similar (hers had a v neck and mine a round neck) and people thought they were bought at the same time. Mine cost about $15 to make and hers was $400 (in 1989 I think) so that made me pleased.

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  7. I adore lace -- of all kinds. Probably my favorite fabric in the world. I made a lace dress with Susan Khalje a year or so ago and loved everything about the process, especcially the hand work that lace involves -- ie, the appliques. I know that yours will be gorgeous and I'll be reading all of your tips with great interest.

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  8. OMG a wee lace skirt for $2k? That must be some amazing fabric, or something.

    I do love your lace and thanks for the tip about reducing seams.

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  9. So pretty, love the inspiration skirt.

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  10. oh,it is a beautifull work,and i am pleased to find your blog through Rhonda's blog.
    My mother made my wedding dress in the same lace(white)and it is from Calais.Very expensive,but so beautifull and couture!

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