Thursday, September 6, 2012

No need to cry over torn lace!

Today we are talking LACE!  

Martha is no stranger to lace and using it to make beautiful garments.  Today we want to share a Lace Hearts segment of the Lace Shaping DVD from the Martha Pullen TV Collection.  

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Also, try this easy lace repair technique from 

I received an email from a Sew Beautiful reader, Delayne McDonald, wanting to know how to fix ripped lace in an fancyband on her granddaughter’s portrait dress. I knew that Sue Stewart had addressed this very problem in a past issue and gave Delayne Sue’s email. A week or so later I got a sweet email from Delayne sharing how excited she was with the results along with a few photos. I asked her to share her experience with Sue's technique on our blog for National Sewing Month. Here is how Delayne saved a precious heirloom dress from ruin with the help of Sue Stewart’s easy to follow instructions for repairing lace. -Kathy Barnard, Editor

Taylor (Delayne’s granddaughter) on the day of her portrait session. 

You can see the big tear in the fancyband.

First, cut away the lace from the hole next to the entreduex to "clean" the area and prepare it for
a replacement.

Next, cut a piece of matching, or closely matching lace 1-inch longer than whole. Place over whole with 1/2 inch
overlap on each end. Shift lace to match motifs to existing lace on each side, or at least one side.  

With 80 weight thread and a Size 60 or 70 needle, zigzag stitch to join header of new lace section to entredeux on each side of "hole." 
It helps to place a pice of water soluble stabilizer underneath while stitching. 
It is best to stitch the ends if you can. Sewing ends didn't work for me, so I used a fray stopping liquid. Keep in mind that over time 
chemicals like fray stop liquids can yellow with age.

 All fixed!

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  1. Missed words in my post...I loved the episodes with Beverly Sheldrick on Martha's Sewing Room. They gave me the courage to try silk ribbon embroidery.

  2. One of my favorite Martha's Sewing Room shows was aired February 1995 and it was all about shaped puffing. I was intrigued about the elegance the shaped puffing added to heirloom garments without a lot of extra expense; and, of course, Martha made it look "sew easy"!!

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  3. I loved the first time I saw Madeira applique using wash away thread--just so easy!! The Sewing Room episodes are wonderful inspirations! Thank You!!

  4. That is so easy. Any episode with silk ribbon embroidery is my favorite. I love to add it to smocked area and then carry it up to the bodice top, repeating the flowers used on the smocking.