Sunday, January 8, 2012


Fashion Lesson 103:

Lace is an openwork fabric, patterned with open holes in the work, made by machine or by hand. The holes can be formed via removal of threads or cloth from a previously woven fabric, but more often open spaces are created as part of the lace fabric. Lace-making is an ancient craft. True lace was not made until the late 15th and early 16th centuries. A true lace is created when a thread is looped, twisted or braided to other threads independently from a backing fabric.

There are many types of lace, classified by how they are made. These include:
  • Needle lace; such as Kenmare Lace are made using a needle and thread. This is the most flexible of the lace-making arts. While some types can be made more quickly than the finest of bobbin laces, others are very time-consuming. Some purists regard needle lace as the height of lace-making. The finest antique needle laces were [made] from a very fine thread that is not manufactured today.
  • Cutwork, or whitework; lace constructed by removing threads from a woven background, and the remaining threads wrapped or filled with embroidery.
  • Bobbin Lace; as the name suggests, made with bobbins and a pillow. The bobbins, turned from wood, bone or plastic, hold threads which are woven together and held in place with pins stuck in the pattern on the pillow. The pillow contains straw, preferably oat straw or other materials such as sawdust, insulation styrofoam or ethafoam. Also known as Bone-lace.Chantilly lace is a type of bobbin lace.
  • Tape lace; makes the tape in the lace as it is worked, or uses a machine- or hand-made textile strip formed into a design, then joined and embellished with needle or bobbin lace.
  • Knitted lace; including Shetland lace, such as the "wedding ring shawl", a lace shawl so fine that it can be pulled through a wedding ring.
  • Machine-made; any style of lace created or replicated using mechanical means.
  • Guipure; The stitching area is stitched with embroidery threads that form a continuous motif. Afterwards, the stitching areas are removed and only the embroidery remains. The stitching ground is made of water-soluble or non heat-resistant material.

via the wikipedia

Here's a sample of a vintage blouse made of LACE.

This lace top is available at I DRESS UP.

This vintage top is already sold!

 I had fun at the start of this shoot for I DRESS UP, then later felt some shiver on my spine since my photographer/assistant/niece kept on telling me that my poses and look reminded her of the movie SEGUNDO MANO.  I got scared!  
 The lace blouse gives you an instant mix of romantic-repugnance look.

wearing: white lace vintage longsleeves - I Dress Up / black twill shorts - my all-time favorite / black patent leather wedge - MKNY / sunglasses - SM Naga City

and sharing here the collection from Mariana Braga: Fashion Quarterly NZ's '11
--- it's all 'bout pretty, intricately made and gorgeously designed lace dresses --

Romantic - Repugnance

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