This is an example of lace done my own way. I purchased this lace in the yard, removed the sequins and pearls that I didn't care for, cut out each motif individually, and placed them on this gown as I saw fit. Then, I added some lovely vintage beads that were in my collection and made this gown truly one of a kind.
How great it is that there is a term for what I've been doing for years. I am not a shopper - never retail. I've always tried to use what skills I have to make my clothes my own. Not just for style but also neccessity. Sewing and knitting, applique and embroidery all play a part in taking "old" clothes and making them new. Let's have fun with what is already in our wardrobe and let our own style come through!
The skirt on the new gown went well today. I underlined the satin and assembled the lining. All seams are finished. Now comes the business of redesigning the bodice. My original bodice plan was unsuccessful. Well, that is not unusual. I like to change things as I go along. I'm sketching a few bodice options now and I think I've settled on something that will utilize a lovely silver lace I've had waiting.