Purple Guipure Lace Shrug

For the past few months I’ve been sewing a wedding gown for my good friend Christina.

While the gown is oyster-white silk, Christina wanted to add a dash of color, specifically a deep, aubergine purple. There’s a wide purple ruffle on the bottom of her crinoline, and the ribbon that ties her corset is deep purple as well.

I wanted to create a beautiful bridal shrug for Christina and at Mood Fabrics in NYC, I found the perfect purple polyester guipure lace.  It is, in a word, sumptuous. (You can view Mood’s online selection of guipure laces here.)

To make the shrug, I used McCall’s 3033, an “Evening Elegance” pattern that makes different styles of shrugs and shawls.

The shrug wasn’t difficult to sew; it’s composed of just two fronts, a back, and two sleeves.  I used a straight stitch machine to assemble the shrug and trimmed the seam allowances down to 1/4″.  The lace was too thick (and too open) for French seams, and a bias-bound seam would only thicken the already-thick seams.  An unfinished edge (the lace does not fray, by the way) seemed like the best choice and it’s extremely sturdy.

As you can see, the result is dramatic.  I used the selvage edge for the edge of the sleeves, and trimmed around my favorite lace motifs to create a beautiful necklace that, in my opinion, looks like ocean waves.

Here is a peek at the shrug on Christina, whose wedding takes place at the end of this month. As you can see, the shrug, combined with the silk corset, creates a beautiful neckline.

If you’ve never sewn with guipure lace, or are fearful of using it, I encourage you to give it a try.  It’s very stable, and the dramatic motifs allow you to shape hemlines and edges to beautiful effect.

Thanks for reading and see you next month!



  • Mary D
    October 21, 2017

    Christina’s day will be very special and she will look spectacular. I love the splash of purple in that beautiful shrug.

    My best wishes to Christina for her upcoming nuptials.

  • Connie Turner
    October 23, 2017

    I like the fabric flowers at the neckline and all the rest of the beautiful work you did. The lace is spectacular.

  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    October 25, 2017

    I have a couple of shrug/poncho type of patterns on my cutting table right now and yours is total inspiration! Beautiful lace – just gorgeous.