Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Vintage fashion DIY: the lace and ribbon bodice

A classy combination of Hollywood glamour and old world charm, with just a splash of provocative thinking, this tutorial from Love Maegan is an absolute favourite. Plus there’s all that lace and you know how much WE LOVE LACE! 

You’ll need:
Black Bustier
Black Lace
Black Satin Ribbon

Line your lace up with your bustier cups, making sure that the pretty edge of the lace faces outwards and is closest to where your arms would be. Decide how much lace you need by measuring or just eye-balling it and make sure to leave a little extra so the panels can overlap in the centre.
Cut two pieces of lace at least 30cm long to be safe.
Flip your bustier inside out. Lay your lace in one of the cups at an angle, lining up the pretty edge with the edge of your bustier.
Carefully hand-stitch the lace to the inside of your bustier cup, right below the seamed edge. Just make sure not to let your needle pierce the front of the bustier.
Try your garment on. Cross one panel of lace over the other and taking your ribbon, mark with a safety pin where your neck is or where you want your ribbon to tie. Cut your ribbon extra-long to give you the option of tying it in the back or crossing it back around to the front as pictured.
Readjust your lace to make sure it's crossed over neatly and with your needle and thread carefully hand-stitch the edges of your ribbon to your lace. You only need to stitch down the front -or from side to side. In my case, it was about 6 inches.
Trim off the extra lace at the top.
Stitch your two panels together, but only at the centre and not all the way up
Trim the excess lace in the cups.

While we can’t supply you with a bustier, our haberdashery is overflowing with lace, ribbons and other goodies. Give us a call on our Golden Number (0861 322 839 | 0861 FAB TEX) to find out more about what’s in stock and on special at your local Fabric and Textile Warehouse.

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