To Trim or Not To Trim?

Summer clothes are sew much fun to sew, I will make them until the end of the season.

While writing The Tunic Bible, I developed a new appreciation, perhaps an obsession for working with trims. Using the ‘right’ trim whether it’s inexpensive twill tape or an ornate appliqué, easily transforms a garment from plain to sensational. Mood Fabrics has it all from lace to ribbons to chains and appliqués!

To transform my latest tunic in Mood Fabrics luscious fuchsia lightweight linen, I selected an this Oscar de la Renta 2″ medallion design cotton lace. It’s fabulous. When clicking on the link be sure and click on the fabric estimator.

IMG_0160To frame the medallions on the dress, I turned the placket to the outside of the dress creating texture then outlined by topstitching. After experimenting with the trim placement, I placed a small strip of steam-a-seam on the back of the lace to secure the placement before stitching the lace to the fabric with a zig-zag stitch. (White thread on the spool and pink in the bobbin. )

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IMG_0144_2I centered the trim directly over the machine stitched hem around the bottom of the dress.

IMG_0162Wearing linen requires a certain state of mind for sure. One must be willing to embrace the wrinkles and enjoy the beautifully rumpled look at day’s end!

Would you believe I bought 8 YARDS of this wonderful lace? Obviously, I did not see the Fabric Estimator, and had enough for two garments!

For a more subdued look, I applied the lace medallions to a striped cotton shirting tunic. Check out Mood’s 400 striped cotton shirting choices here.

IMG_0103Stripes present so many design possibilities! Cutting the placket on the crossgrain created a subtle fabric contrast, and a great backdrop for the lace.

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Because this garment is ‘tunic length’ as opposed to dress length, I outlined the side slits with the medallions, punctuating the garment with a hefty dose of this feminine trim!

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To Trim or Not To Trim?

Tunics with Trims!-001….An Easy Decision!

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Comments


  • Lisa
    August 31, 2016

    I really like what you did with these garments, and all your tips for working with the trim are brilliant. I’m going to save this post for future reference.

  • Cissie
    August 31, 2016

    So glad I don’t have to pick a favorite!

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 1, 2016

      LOL – Thank you, Cissie! This trim makes both top favorites of mine 😉

  • Tasha
    August 31, 2016

    Definitely more exciting with trim!

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 1, 2016

      D e f i n i t e l y !! Many thanks, Tasha 🙂

  • Of course add trim! These are both fun and perfectly suited for summer – they look dressy without being fussy.

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 1, 2016

      Trim by all means! Both are perfect for South Carolina weather ~ Many thanks, Amanda 🙂

  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    August 31, 2016

    I love this trim! It gives you an opportunity to choose what YOU wanted highlighted – adds a bit of weight to the hem (or wherever else you might want stiffening) and looks so professional! Both articles are gorgeous – looking forward to reading and using your book too 🙂 It’s apparently on its way to me.

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 1, 2016

      Kathleen, Many thanks for you nice comment and the book order! You’re correct about the trim weighting the garments. It also helps prevent excessive wrinkling. 😉

  • Fiona
    September 1, 2016

    These are so very ‘you’ they are wonderful! Love the bold colours and how you have used that exquisite trim

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 1, 2016

      Thank you so much, Fiona! As I said this trim is fabulous ~ just the right weight and beautifully designed.

  • Peter
    September 1, 2016

    That lace trim is awesome — especially love it with the green stripe!

  • Sarah Gunn
    September 2, 2016

    Many thanks, Peter! The lace popped differently on each fabric. I love it with the green stripes too 🙂