As some of you know I have just bought lots of lace fabric for the shop. Each one of the designs is beautiful I can’t make up my mind which is my favourite. As much as I love lace I was struggling to find a use for it beyond using the stretch lace for knickers (which I have done on several occasions), or for trimming nightwear bridal wear or evening wear. Lace is everywhere this summer & when the May edition of the Burda pattern magazine dropped through my door I was very taken with the lace waistcoat inside. There are several other designs using lace but this one I thought was very useful. It would go over Summer dresses or jeans/shorts it would also make a very nice beach cover up, or really just about anything else you could mention.
So I set about giving it a go. The pattern suggested just turning in all the edges, but I love the eyelash lace we have had in stock for a while, I’ve used this several times on different things & I love the shapes you can create with the scallops. So I used it on all of the edges. The pattern also had a tie front which I thought looked a bit cumbersome on the lace fabric I used, so I made a rouleaux loop & sewed a button on to the waistcoat. The pattern only takes 1.5mtrs of lace. You can use either stretch or non stretch lace. As lots of the lace I have in the shop are only short lengths this is a fantastic project. The eyelash lace comes in strips of 3mtrs so a couple of strips does the job with a bit left over. I think you could also change the pattern & shorten the front which would take less fabric. The lace starts at just £6.00 per mtr so this waistcoat costs around £20 & only takes a couple of hours to complete.
I think the waistcoats turned out very well, something a bit different now we have something like Summer weather. I tried my hand at modelling the waistcoat but modelling is not my favourite thing to do.
Wendy & I are intending to wear these waistcoats in the shop for the Open Day this Saturday 7th May. The shop will be open from 10am – 1pm. This is a chance for you to see & buy the Pheasant House fabrics we had in a couple of weeks ago, & the lace which is hanging from every shelf & rack you can think of. Tea coffee & home made cake will be available for you. I find that cake helps with the choice of fabrics. I will also have some old sewing patterns for sale the money raised form these patterns will go to Breast Cancer Research. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.