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!