This is the image that’s been stuck in my mind since I saw it a few weeks ago on Pinterest. All of a sudden I wanted lace. And flutter sleeves. I tried telling myself “Stephanie, summer is almost over, a light lace top is impractical for fall, wait til September.” Maybe my brain is still hard-wired to the Northern Hemisphere. At any rate, to me March feels like a time for lace and flutters.
The more I researched flutter sleeve variations, the more I started to see patterns in my preferences. For example, flutter sleeves were popular in the 30’s so I spent quite some time hunting down 1930’s flutter sleeve inspiration. Guess what I discovered? Many, many dresses with such sleeves also feature a sharp and pointy v-neck. (This one also features split flutters, which is interesting.)
I like the balance between the soft fluttering sleeves and the crisp angular neckline. This is the basic shape of March’s Hack. I found a wealth of fluttery/ruffly sleeved inspiration tops (you can see them on my Hack board) but I keep coming back to this simple and feminine cut. I want very full and drapey flutters.
But then I thought- “Stephanie, that’s too simple. Besides, I don’t have any all-over lace fabric. What else can we do?”
“How about some lace insertion?” chimed in the Consulting Dressmaker. She’s always hanging about in my sewing room, commenting on every thought in my head.
“You’re right- I mean, it’s a knit and not a woven but we’ve done that before with good results. And lace insertion is very ‘flavor of Edwardia.’ Yes, why not do a little modern heirloom sewing?”
I hastily slapped together a tiny sample using my linen-cotton jersey and cotton bobbin lace (more on lace from a guest blogger this week!). It did not explode into flames or anything and even survived the wash in good shape, so I’ll be using and teaching this technique with the hack. The second row is uneven. It’s a sample.
The pressing question- how to position the lace? I keep sketching and coming up with all kinds of variations: vertical front and back stripes; horizontal insertions that flow from one sleeve hem to the other- broken by the v-neck; pretty bands of lace that echo the shape of the neckline…
Today I wandered into Spotlight to buy a zipper and hem facing for Megan’s Mad Men Mod Dress. I want to get the dress all set up and then sew her in one furious session this weekend. Blast it, Spotlight was having a sale. A deep sale. I couldn’t *not* look.
Part of me thinks this looks like a tablecloth, but I’m a sucker for lace that’s not lacy and she was on sale and soft and super drapey so I brought her home. Looks like I’ll make an all-lace version as well! I don’t want to use my usual binding technique so I think I’ll play with other options and report back.
What do you think? Split flutters? Lace insertion? Too girly, or just right for March?
Did you see Wanda’s hack? Love it. She used the bow tie tee hack to come up with her own hack and it’s all kinds of lovely sparkly and shiny.
Thank you for all your support on yesterday’s post! My inbox was full of pants/trousers block requests this morning. I will work my way through everyone’s draft and keep you updated as to your status in the queue.