I really, really try to avoid being “trendy”. And trust me, there was a time in my life where every weekend I was popping out to the H&M or Zara for an item to wear that evening—I was, regrettably, fast-fashion addicted. Now that I’m older, wiser and curvier I think I have a pretty good eye for determining those styles that will stick and which will be as regretful as the dreaded bubble skirt. Now when I shop (which I’m doing less and less of these day as my sewing skills improve) I make sure to pick styles that are stylish but not trendy, something I know won’t be out of fashion in a year (or a week).
Today I’m bringing you my most favorite spring 2017 style alert, that I have a feeling, will be around for awhile: lace, specifically crochet, venise and guipure type lace. Now, I’m no lace expert but after scavenging the net, trying to figure out what types of lace I kept seeing everywhere I think I’ve narrowed it down to these three types. Studier than their lace cousins, alecon and chantilly which tend to have a floatier, dresser feel, these laces featured here have an almost cotton-like quality (although most are polyester) with great weight and drape.
Depending how it’s styled and designed, these types of lace can take on a 70’s bohemian vibe or utilized in a more structured shape it looks modern and fresh. As you can see in the examples here these types of lace can be used for the entire body of the garment or as trims. I especially love the use of lace to break up a sleeve or to add visual interest to a necklace.
For this spring I bought two lace tops. The first is a white crochet lace blouse from Eloquii. I absolutely love the neckline detail and the combination of different patterned lace. I also like that the back is sheer and has a keyhole opening. Eloquii Studio Long Sleeve Crochet Lace Blouse (sadly, sold out!)
The second lace item I bought for spring was this bad-ass mixed lace Moto style jacket. I love everything about Moto jackets. They’re chic, tough and definitely sexy. I love how this design combines several different lace patterns. Asos Curve Premium Lace Jacket
Fit notes: Both the Asos Jacket and the Eloquii Top have zero stretch. Which I suspect is pretty typical for this type of lace. Read the size charts! I sized up in both tops. The jacket fit in the shoulder, arm and bust but was swimming in the waist. I took the jacket to a tailor to have it taken in (I admit when some things are above my skill level!)
Interested in more ready-to-wear lace tops in plus-sizes?
Interested in sewing up your own lace top?
Stick with a simple silhouette such as the Cashmerette Springfield Top or the Grainline Studio Scout Tee paired with a camisole underneath. Another idea is to use lace fabric to layer over a pencil skirt or dress pattern. When picking your pattern I suggest avoiding lots of gathers or ruffles with these types of lace as they are thicker and studier than typical lace.
Unique Lace Fabric Options : Hold on to your wallets, both the fabric and the prices may leave you breathless.
2 Mood Fabrics Black Geometric Guipure Lace $34.99 per yard I didn’t even know something like this would be considered lace!
3 Mood Fabrics Black Floral Embroidered Guipure Lace $84.99 per yard (!!!!) But it’s SOOOOO gorgeous.
Another option is to add lace trim to an existing garment or add it to your next sewing project. I love that these trims don’t even look like lace!
Middle Row: Britex Fabrics Sunny Yellow Daisy Chain Venise Lace Trim $2.95 per yard This one looks very similar to the venise lace on the collar of the white Eloquii top I am wearing, pictured above.
Bottom Row: Mood Fabrics Red and Pink Embroidered Cherry Lace Trim $4.99 a yard This trim is just too darn cute! I would use this to add some cheekiness to a summery top or beach coverup or you could use it as straps to a cami! (Putting in the cart now).
What do you think? Will you be wearing crochet, venise or guipure style lace this spring? Will you make it? Or buy it (or both!)??
Can’t wait to see what you all put together!
Happy sewing and styling,