This past week my foray into sewing with lace began. It started where most of my projects involving new-to-me fabrics do: Sandra Betzina’s More Fabric Savvy. Why? Every fabric seems to have its own peculiarities when it comes to preshrinking, and to eliminate guessing on my part, I usually turn to Sandra. This time I wanted to learn how she preshrinks lace. Here’s what she said:
Most laces are washable. To preshrink, hand-wash in warm water and air-dry. Even polyester lace can shrink. If you plan to dry-clean a lace garment, steam the wrong side of the lace with a towel underneath to prevent flattening design. Never touch lace with the iron. Hold iron 1/2 in. above the surface. Store lace in a rolled towel.
So, I followed her lead and hand washed my orange lace. And, what do you know? It shrunk a lot. It shrunk so much that I had to change my sewing plans. My poor husband was hard at work trying to meet a deadline, and I kept interrupting him to say, “What do you think about using the lace this way?” ”Or that way?” ”What about this?” Thankfully his patience lasted (long enough for him to even get the above photo of me attempting to drape the lace on my dress form), and his opinions helped me settle on a new plan. But, I’ll be honest: this plan is risky, and I’m more than a little nervous. I’m still set on making a pencil skirt, but now I’ll be using the lace differently. Here’s to hoping I can pull it off…
Next up: what to do about lace and darts?