I love lace, but I haven’t used it on clothing in so many years I can’t remember when. For me, lace is much like a sailor collar; there was a time in my twenties when I felt like I’d outgrown them. My heart still melts for little boys in sailors collars… and big boys, too, come to think of it, but I can’t imagine wearing one myself… unless possibly in my second childhood somewhere down the line. 🙂 But back to lace, it’s big in fashion this summer and I’ve been seeing it a lot of it in the fabric store. I’m always amazed how what is put in front of me begins to look good if I see enough of it whether I think I like it or not.
I found it in the short bolt section of the store and asked the salesperson to measure it for me. She was wearing a black apron and as she held it up to see how much was left on the bolt, I saw it against the black of her apron and was sold. It popped, as they say!
lace on white underlay
I decided to use the Mcalls pattern 9278 I’ve used several times this season for the lace tunic and would make another in black for underneath. I like the idea that I can get use out of the black by itself, but also have it double as a lining for the lace.
I rarely throw things that I’ve made away and I remembered that I had two black linen pieces that might go with this tunic; I searched for a bit, and found hem. I paired up the shirt and vest with an old Chico’s necklace I’ve had forever and created an interesting layered ensemble that works; again I really like giving new life to old things and making them seem fresh again.
And finally, the lace tunic over the black tunic. I like the look and feel like it’s a good fashion forward look for summer!