THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

May 7, 2006

Lace Secrets

Filed under: Couture Techniques,Tutorials — phyllisc @ 1:43 pm

by Diva Phyllis

I started that Simplicity tunic this weekend, and then yesterday in the mail I finally got some vintage black rayon Chantilly border lace that I bought on eBay from Christina’s Goodies ‘N Things.

Christina sells wonderful vintage trims collected over the years from NY-NJ factories that closed decades ago. She adds new items all the time, and when she clears out her inventory that’s it. I bought about 11 yards of lace for $13 (including shipping.) She has high quality goods and you won’t find trims like this in modern fabric stores.

So – what did I do with this lace? Used it to trim the lining of my HotPatterns Classic Nouveau Trouser Skirt:

One of the reasons I love to sew is being able to add my own touchs to garments – no one other than me (and well – now you!) knows about this fun detail.

This skirt, BTW – belongs in every woman’s closet! I had a skirt like this years ago that I loved so much I wore it till it fell apart. This is a true workhorse pattern, and here’s the review I did on Pattern Review.



  1. Phyllis, that is wonderful, and I really love the fact that you added a luxurious for your own pleasure. It also brings to mind that just about anyone with a sewing machine can add a lovely detail like this with very little effort. -Ann

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — May 7, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

  2. Thanks for the link to that ebay store, I will try it out. I LOVE your green lining with the lace. How fun!!

    Comment by jemgirlca — May 7, 2006 @ 4:43 pm

  3. Oh my that is a beautiful treatment. I’m in love with the green and black lace. Just received this skirt pattern the other day, thanks to your wonderful version!

    Comment by Mary Beth — May 7, 2006 @ 5:57 pm

  4. ooh what I great detail.

    I love love love it!

    I need to keep that in mind 😉 for my next skirt. I still have tons of lace in my stash 🙂

    Comment by Tini — May 7, 2006 @ 10:03 pm

  5. What a wonderful detail on an already fabulous skirt!

    Comment by Gigi — May 8, 2006 @ 4:54 am

  6. A luxurious surprise at the inside of a great skirt, I would like to copy that Phyllis. The kiwi lining is smashing.
    The only thing what I would do different is sewing the lace to the outside part ( right side) of the lining, and cutting away the lining around the lace from the inside ( wrong side)lining .

    Comment by Els — May 8, 2006 @ 7:23 am

  7. I love it! The pattern, the lining, the trim. Thanks for posting about it.

    Comment by tamtay — May 15, 2006 @ 4:30 pm

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