March is Lace Challenge Month at Mood Sewing Network

Mood Lace Challenge

In the early days of the Mood Sewing Network, Meg and Eric of Mood asked us to consider a challenge where we each sewed something from the same fabric. They even let us agree on the fabric we wanted to sew.  After much discussion between the initial nine bloggers, we chose lace.  Why lace?  Here are a few explanations from my fellow bloggers…

Lori from Girls in the Garden says…

“Lace is an unknown fabric for me.  I have only made one garment previously from lace.  I am intrigued and challenged by this fabric, it is beautiful and delicate with the promise of a stunning garment.  My hope is to use books, tutorials and the internet to produce a garment as beautiful as my fabric.  I keep thinking of Star Trek and Captain Kirk, when he says, “space the final frontier.” I changed it a bit to lace…my final frontier.”

Amy from Sew Well says…

“I’ve never sewn with a true lace before (I don’t count my racy lacy undies) so this challenge will be a new adventure for me.  I’ve chosen a beautiful lace in a crazy color, which I hope to use to my advantage with some really fun color play.  So that I can keep my attention focused on working with the lace.  I plan to use a pencil skirt pattern I’ve successfully made in the past. Here’s to hoping I can successfully pull off the fun colorful lace pencil skirt from my imagination.”

Marcy from Oonaballoona from Kalkatrona

“I’m hoping to use some of the techniques we heard about in Susan’s amazing class.  I really want to take advantage of the edges of the lace.  Usually I cut out the pattern and then lament the fact that I could’ve used the lace motif itself at the edges, rather than just a turned under seam or a binding.  So I’ll be leaving room to spare around necklines and such!”

Sonja from GingerMakes says…

“I’m so excited to work with lace!  I’ve used lace trim once, but never as a main fabric, so I’m excited to dig into underlining and finishing techniques for lace.  I love researching new techniques, so it’s been such fun reading about how to handle such special fabric!”

Sarah from Goodbye Valentino says…

“I’ve always associated lace with bridal and formal wear until recently.  Today designers showcase its versatility in differing styles which excites me as I venture into unknown territory.  I look forward to exploring its characteristics in my first lace sewing experience..”

…and lastly my two cents

“I’ve sewn with lace several times before because I’m totally enamoured with the fabric.  So this time I wanted to use a lace that’s different from the others I’ve worked with and make my dream garment!”

Finding the lace:

Each blogger came up with an idea for their project.  So the next step was finding which lace to use. We decided NOT to use the same lace but to find lace based upon the projects we wanted to sew. Now there is an excellent selection of lace on Mood online, but several of the bloggers who normally order online decided that they wanted to purchase directly from the store.  Enter Marcy (Oonaballoona) and myself.  We spent several hours one Saturday afternoon at the store photographing lace for our fellow bloggers.  A few pics from the adventure and believe me it was an adventure because someone can’t distinguish pink from red…I’m not naming names but seriously even the patrons of Mood that day knew pink wasn’t red…I’m just sayin’!

Mood Lace Challenge

Mood Lace Challenge

Mood Lace Challenge

Mood Lace Challenge

So for the month of March the MSN bloggers (except our newest members Haylee & Peter) will sew and show you how they’ve interpreted the lace trend.  I truly hope that you will visit the blog daily to see how lace has played an integral part of the sewing journey of my fellow MSN bloggers.

Stay tuned for a whole lot of lacy goodness…



  • Mood Sewing Network
    March 1, 2013

    Excited to see what you all make!

  • oonaballoona
    March 1, 2013

    i still cry pink! kooan agreed with me, that must count for something 🙂

  • Amy
    March 1, 2013

    Ooooh! I like this intro to the month! So excited!

  • I love the yellow lace you’re holding in the second to last photo! Is it one of these:
    Yolk Floral Lace Product #: FP22176C
    Yellow Floral Lace Product #: FP22177C
    I haven’t sewn with lace yet, be sure to give us some pointers when you post your projects 😉

    • oonaballoona
      March 1, 2013

      it’s the second one (FP22177C), good eye! that was one of my favorites,it has a very thin teal outline around the motif. or maybe it’s green…color isn’t my strong suit…

  • jodie
    March 1, 2013

    I am really excited about this. I remember making a long lace dress in the 70’s. I would love to make another in a short style today. I am excited to watch what they come up with. I really like the yellow lace and the hot pink circle lace shown in the grouping at top.

  • Lori
    March 3, 2013

    Great post, Carolyn. Getting ready to start on my project tomorrow.

  • Karin
    March 3, 2013

    I love lace. Looking forward to see the results! You go bloggers!