MSN / Face the Lace

16 Mar MSN / Face the Lace

I’m still here at the resort.


Lots of news at the Mood Sewing Network!

For starters, Mood has added four new bloggers to the network bringing the total to twelve.

Lori from Girls in the Garden

Lauren from LLadybird

Peter from Male Pattern Boldness

Haley from Threaded

I applaud Mood for continuing to expand the Network with creative diversity. Each of the eleven other MSN bloggers offers a unique style of photography, writing, sewing, fashion and overall character, providing ongoing inspiration to me and hopefully you!


Did you know during the month of March, the MSN bloggers (minus the 2 newest) have accepted a lace challenge?

You can read more about it HERE on Carolyn’s post (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic).

The NY bloggers were sooooooo helpful photographing lots of laces from Mood.

Several of the bloggers have already completed and posted their lace garment. Lauren made a dynamite red dress, Oona a brilliant chartreuse top and Amanda a stunning skirt.

Me? I’ve been ambivalent……… almost fretful! 

Inspired by the Tory Burch Ginevra dress, I ordered a navy lace which I packed in my suitcase of sewing paraphernalia to contemplate over the weekend.

Before you start thinking I don’t know how to enjoy a vacation, I want to assure you I’ve socialized and taken advantage of most of the amenities.

………but back to sewing and I need your help……..

I was planning to use this pattern from the Sew the Perfect Fit class, but after seeing the dress last week in a store I panicked. The dress is exquisitely constructed and is made from the heaviest lace I have ever handled. It also features a grosgrain waistband.

Ginevra dress

Perhaps I should sew a pattern I’m familiar with like the Cynthia Rowley Simplicity tunic pattern with white underlining.

Here is the lace with navy underlining for the Tory Burch inspired dress.

IMG_0891Thumbs up or thumbs down?

Here is the lace with white underlining for the Cynthia Rowley Simplicity tunic which would be trimmed in navy.


Yea or Nay?

I enthusiastically welcome all thoughts and advice on my upcoming challenge which I must decide in the next 24 hours.

T h a n k   Y o u   D e a r   R e a d e r s !

I’m already feeling much better 🙂

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  • sewbusylizzy
    Posted at 17:46h, 16 March Reply

    Agreed – lace is kinda scary and being faced with something a bit out of your zone is a challenge. I’m struggling to settle on a pattern for my Tessuti challenge fabric – and like you am going to blog about it today!!
    Lace is such a lovely details fabric that I think is needs a simple pattern. I love that Vogue – I also love this Burda pattern. It’s so simple but I adore it. In fact I’ve been searching for lace for it!

  • hazel walker
    Posted at 17:50h, 16 March Reply

    Definitely navy under navy…….. classy. About a hundred years ago well the early 60’s actually, I was invited to a dance by (my now husband of 47 years), I made a navy lace dress. It had a navy pencil slim skirt in heavy lac e, lined in navy satin, almost identical to the one you show but the top of the dress was white broaderaianglais (????) cotton which was lined in white, I joined the two together with a thick piped navy satin cord at the waist, the top had a scooped neck and a deep “U” scoop at the back, I wore a dark red rose button hole and dark red patten leather stiletto shoes, I truly thought I had arrived…….. I only wore it once………. I loved wearing it, making it and remembering it after all these years. go for it kid. hazel walker

  • Ana Sullivan
    Posted at 17:56h, 16 March Reply

    Definitely use the Vogue pattern with the navy underling under the navy lace.

  • Spanky Rykiel
    Posted at 18:07h, 16 March Reply

    Hi, enjoying your blog. Have you considered using a nude lining? I like the navy under navy, but would like to see what the nude would look like.
    As for the heavy lace just think of it as any heavier weight fabric. Being heavy makes it easier to work with. You could sew a zig zag guide line at the 1/4″ location before seaming at 5/8. This would stabilize the edge and make it a smoother seam.
    Enjoy ,

  • Deborah
    Posted at 18:14h, 16 March Reply

    I’d suggest the sheath dress, since it will be quite wearable. I own two Talbots dresses in black lace (one heavier lined similar to what you illustrate here) and one in a lighter lace. They are appropriate for many events and always draw compliments.

  • Lynn
    Posted at 18:21h, 16 March Reply

    The dress definitely the dress. The tunic is sweet, but I think the dress is a classic deserving of the extra effort nneeded to sew lace that lovely.

  • jstarr4250
    Posted at 18:30h, 16 March Reply

    I’m with Ana and Hazel all the way. The navy on navy has so much depth and you can’t ever go wrong with a fitted sheath. No need for anxiety…you’ve underlined silk with organza so the less slippery lace should be a piece of cake. You’ve got this. :))

  • D
    Posted at 18:31h, 16 March Reply

    I have only two words for you to google – Princess Mary (ie Denmark).!! A year or 2 ago she wore a faaaabulous dress ( label??) in navy lace – with silk lining slip .It is elegance personified! I needed to go to a very posh wedding recently and copied the dress with a fair degree of success ( I modestly say 😉 ) . Good luck!!

  • AncientElna
    Posted at 18:33h, 16 March Reply


    If you are happy with the fit of your Lynda Maynard Fit class’ sheath dress, I would go with that because it is a timeless style and worthy of your effort. A tunic is more along the lines of learning to sew/design casual clothes that you have discussed recently. I suppose if you want more casual things in your wardrobe, the tunic is useful, but tailored lace has been a design trend for a couple of years and I think it will remain a classic in coming years. I’d enjoy reading your post on your ‘Tory Burched’ sheath dress more! Good luck with either project.

  • Teri
    Posted at 18:40h, 16 March Reply

    I like the navy on navy too, but I am also intrigued by the suggestion of nude. I also vote sheath dress over the tunic. Totally classic.

  • Laura
    Posted at 18:47h, 16 March Reply

    I think I’d try nude underlining….and I do believe I’d want a contrast, I mean YOU DO WANT OTHERS TO SEE THE WORK YOU’VE DONE…don’t you?? Your lace looks sturdy as in somewhat heavy so it will be easy to work with. You’ll pick the right pattern…..and don’t discount 2 piece dress….so it’s more versatile.
    Thanks for listing the new MOOD bloggers…..I love their site!….LAURA

  • carol
    Posted at 18:54h, 16 March Reply

    I just returned home with navy be-uuuuuu-ti-ful french navy lace. I tried many combinations for shadow lining before the final decision. Navy on navy- too funereal, goldish lame – too cha cha, lighter blue-cheap looking. Best combination for elegant effect is a medium rose. Highlights the lace, softens the navy and provides elegant drama, reduces the grandma effect. Now, how the heck do I sew seams with a lighter shadow lining? Got myself into a pot of trouble there! Whatever you choose, it will be lovely.

  • Rachel
    Posted at 18:57h, 16 March Reply

    Navy on navy for sure! Navy on white is sweet, but navy on navy looks way more expensive and sophisticated. I think it would be more versitle, too. It could play as a neutral if you wanted, where as the other reads more like a pattern.

  • carol
    Posted at 18:57h, 16 March Reply

    Ah, hem. Its navy color of French creation. There that’s better.A

  • Sofie
    Posted at 19:12h, 16 March Reply

    I think the Vogue. I will make that eventually but with a lighter weight lace that I have. You’ll be fine and I also agree to try a nude lining.

  • Carole Mellin
    Posted at 19:12h, 16 March Reply

    I am with all the others. A classic navy sheath will last for decades, and you already have several tunics. I think the tunic with white underlayment will look lovely, of course, should you decide to go that route.

  • pat kapsak
    Posted at 19:44h, 16 March Reply

    navy/navy or perhaps navy/beige ??????

  • Mary M
    Posted at 19:44h, 16 March Reply

    The navy on navy will result in a more elegant albeit challenging garment. That being said, I feel like the face the lace challenge is an opportunity to push you out of your comfort zone and experiment with things.
    Should you decide on the white under navy tunic, it would result in a sweet and classy casual piece that you might get more wear of.
    I guess, I’m not so helpful. 🙂 Either way you go will be look great on you.

  • Elaine
    Posted at 19:58h, 16 March Reply

    Nude lining is an interesting idea. How about a floaty tunic with no lining and a long close fitting nude cami underneath it? I mention this because I saw an unlined loose fitting lace tunic style on a young woman yesterday (first really warm day where I was) and it looked great. The lace was white and at a glance the cami appeared to be white also. You could get away with it I think!

  • Lori
    Posted at 20:33h, 16 March Reply

    Navy with navy is my vote and the tunic. But the tunic is what I would wear more, so that is why I am leaning toward it. Good luck

  • Thimble & Cork
    Posted at 21:36h, 16 March Reply

    I agree with the others: navy on navy! Don’t doubt yourself – you will make an exquisite dress out of this lace!

  • carolinascallin
    Posted at 21:45h, 16 March Reply

    Have you seen the Lilly Pulitzer lace dresses? I think they do a fabulous job – and they are always wonderfully classic, but stylish, too. I like the idea of a sheath style – that looks so good on you anyway 🙂 Navy on navy would be my choice for a straight out lace dress that could be either more casual or dressed up. If you really want to go dressy – I’ve seen black lace over nude that is amazing! That’s actually pretty “in” right now 🙂

    SO excited that Mood has issued a lace challenge! I LOVE the lace that is out there now. Beautiful! Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with 🙂

    (Meanwhile, I’m still slogging along trying to get my border experiment together…complicated by the fact that since we now have our house on the market, everything – including my sewing projects – have to look super neat! Talk about impossible…!)

    Good luck and have fun! I’m sure whatever you decide will be wonderful. I love the tunic idea, too…if you decide on that, I think you’d be happy with it as well. Perhaps you should just make both! 🙂

  • D
    Posted at 21:54h, 16 March Reply

    Navy on navy would be my choice. Too bad you couldn’t do both for a change up. Either way a classic lace sheath will be awesome.

  • Angela
    Posted at 21:59h, 16 March Reply

    I’m with most of the others. I love the navy-on-navy with the sheath dress:)

  • Patty
    Posted at 22:01h, 16 March Reply

    I vote for the Vogue sheath and the navy on navy. Such beautiful lace will make such a lovely and classic dress! Looking forward to your posts about this project.

  • CherryPix
    Posted at 22:08h, 16 March Reply

    Definitely navy on navy. As for style, you wear sheath styles fabulously…and this lace will make another of your drop- dead -gorgeous dresses 🙂

  • missparayim
    Posted at 22:45h, 16 March Reply

    I like the contrast of the light colored underlining. It looks younger and less somber.

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 22:59h, 16 March Reply

    Sarah – as someone who picked the most complicated lace project ever to make – a sheath dress similar to yours, I say go for it! I’m almost done and the time and effort definitely shows in my dress. I think that you will be much happier with the dress – can’t wait to see what you decide to make!

  • Judi
    Posted at 23:43h, 16 March Reply

    Thumbs up for navy on navy. I also really like the navy on nude suggestion…it might look gorgeous and unexpected.

  • SewingElle
    Posted at 00:30h, 17 March Reply

    Navy on navy sheath is my vote too. You will do a great job and look fabulous!

  • Spanky Rykiel
    Posted at 01:08h, 17 March Reply

    Another thought on the lining. Why not make two slips in different colors? Make one navy and one in a lighter color. You could line the lace with tulle if you need it for facing and shaping. I forgot to mention in my other post I think the sheath looks great on you.
    You could take any left over lace and use it to accent a tunic on the trim around the front and neck.
    I think the white tunic pattern you have would really look great with the navy accent from your leftover lace.
    Don’t love experimenting?

  • Lexley- Brisbane AU
    Posted at 03:22h, 17 March Reply

    If you want a contrasting colour, I would perhaps look at a dark/tarnished copper gold silk cotton blend fabric which is a fabulous weight for linings. White is not quite right for what you are making…… A sheen on the fabric will compliment the lace too. Have a look at the silk cotton fabrics on ebay by Kaufmann… of luck….

  • PendleStitches
    Posted at 04:10h, 17 March Reply

    I’m with the other ladies…navy on navy is elegant and timeless and will look expensive. It will be a great alternative to a little black dress. Well worth the time investment, I think.

  • velosewer
    Posted at 06:05h, 17 March Reply

    I love the contrast lining but do navy on navy if that makes you feel more comfortable to wear this dress more often. Frankly you have the shape to pull off navy on contrast – but that’s just my 2c worth.

  • Sheree
    Posted at 06:09h, 17 March Reply

    I would go for a fitted dress rather than a tunic, and navy under navy. I do think, however that nude under navy would also be a good choice

  • Shirley
    Posted at 06:40h, 17 March Reply

    Navy on navy and definitely a fitted dress like the Vogue pattern or Mc Call’s 5927

  • Margaret Cole
    Posted at 06:54h, 17 March Reply

    I think you should make the dress. The lace is too pretty to be a tunic and I think the lighter underling shows how pretty the lace is.

  • Becky
    Posted at 09:23h, 17 March Reply

    I think you should make a pattern you have confidence about, maybe something you have sewn before. I also think you should sew whatever you think you will like more and wear more. My personal opinion, for whatever it’s worth, is a classic style with a nude/beige contrast to define the lace. I have a heavy weight lace top that I wear with pencil skirts, and it has been very versatile. Think on it. You will know what to do. And it is certainly not beyond your skill. You just aren’t there yet on your decision.

  • Tracey
    Posted at 11:04h, 17 March Reply

    Love this lace! It reminds me of a Worth outfit I have. The top looks like B5609, view B with a V shape in the back and zipper with a simple A-line skirt. I also have a dyed to match pair of pants and basic scoop neck tee to make pieces versatile. I need to go back and see what others have suggested but I know what ever you make will be simply fab-boo!

  • gingermakes
    Posted at 11:16h, 17 March Reply

    Ooh, that lace is so pretty! I like the more tailored dress idea– that will be so elegant and gorgeous!

  • Karen
    Posted at 12:25h, 17 March Reply

    Navy on navy for sure. The other option looks like something my long-gone grandmother would have worn. ‘Nuff said??

  • Joen
    Posted at 12:47h, 17 March Reply

    I like the navy background. And the sew the perfect dress pattern is defintely a good choice to match the Tory Burch dress (love her designs!). And I know you would do a beautiful job with the fit too! Thats my vote.

  • Joy
    Posted at 12:58h, 17 March Reply

    I would go with navy on navy and a challenge. You can do it. good luck. think I may try the lace challenge. joy

  • Ann-Britt Uhrbom
    Posted at 13:29h, 17 March Reply

    I vote for navy on navy. It will be so elegant!

  • ewellons
    Posted at 14:13h, 17 March Reply

    I was also going to suggest the Burda pattern. It has interesting darts and is very flattering — in my muslin at least. It was also on the cover of Burda Style magazine about 6 months ago. I have a heavy navy guipure lace that I have been waiting to make for ages. I think the navy over navy is very sophisticated!

  • The Renegade Seamstress
    Posted at 15:21h, 17 March Reply

    I personally like the navy under navy. I can’t wait to see what amazing thing you make!

  • sewruth
    Posted at 17:27h, 17 March Reply

    Sorry Sarah -not an opinion about your fabric, in which I have complete confidence in your final choice, but with Mood’s apparent xenophobia – only USA sewers are invited to join. You just go with what you feel best – You’ve never let us, nor you, down.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:40h, 17 March Reply

      Hi Ruth!
      Many thanks for your comment.
      I relayed your comment to Meg at Mood Fabrics. She says Mood would love to have MSN bloggers from every corner of the earth, and plans to add some once Mood finalizes details with its new third-party international shipping vendor. This will allow Mood to ship fabric overseas more cost-effectively than it can now, which is the sole reason non-USA bloggers are not currently part of MSN.
      She also mentioned that a popular sewing blogger from the UK will be guest-blogging on MSN in the near future. 🙂 🙂

      • Ruth
        Posted at 07:07h, 18 March Reply

        Thanks Sarah – gosh when I read my comment back I sounded really angry. Didn’t mean to be but that’s good news for the international sewers – there are some in Australia that could do wonders with Mood’s fabrics.

  • Elaine
    Posted at 19:42h, 17 March Reply

    Still intrigued by the options for the lace. Here are some links and one is to a Valentino. I don’t even like all of these, but it is interesting to see how the designers used the lace. There is nothing like actually feeling the texture and weight of the lace to help decide I would think. It does look like a pretty tight pattern to it. Good luck and it is so much fun to contemplate it knowing that you will be doing the execution. On the other hand, you will have the joy of wearing it.

  • Jan Sortore
    Posted at 20:01h, 17 March Reply

    I’m stuck in bed today, so plenty of time to look for Princess Mary of Denmark’s dress. I can’t find it, but I did find a navy gown someone??? wore for the Academy Awards, I think a year ago. It was long with crystals. Gorgeous. It would be quite an under-taking. Actually, something you would be very capable of, but of one shot use. You could conduct the symphony yourself in it!

    So, a sheath would be so lovely on you. Take a look at Vogue 8849, view C. Or the dress from your recent fitting class. As for the lining, white not so good a choice. Navy would be classic, and while not as trendy as nude, it would last for years. I like the nude under black, I don’t know about navy.

    As soon as I find a couple of brightly colored jeans, that I would rather not make, I am planning to join your year long fast. If I don’t find them soon, with a normal rise, I may be making them during the fast. (Sad face if I knew how to do that.)

    When I told my husband I was going to do the fast, he said, I needed to include purchasing more fabric and patterns, and use what I already have in my stash. That’s a thought, (I could open my own store). End of thought, naaa.

    Whatever you decide, it will be lovely, and I look forward to seeing the process and results.

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 03:38h, 18 March Reply

    Such stunningly beautiful lace. I think I like it with a contrasting colour underneath, but I’m certain that whatever you choose will be a knockout 🙂

  • Lizzie
    Posted at 10:22h, 18 March Reply

    Time to start moving out of your comfort zone. I say go for the Tory Burch!

    • Lizzie
      Posted at 10:23h, 18 March Reply

      And definitely navy on navy

    Posted at 15:03h, 18 March Reply

    I almost bought that lace! Now I kind of wish I did, so we could match 😉 Maybe next time, haha! My vote is the Vogue pattern with the white underlining – although I’m super biased because that is exactly what I was planning to do myself!! I love the navy on navy, but I think the white really lets the lace shine – plus you can play with contrasting colors for a different look, like adding a yellow belt or red shoes. Regardless, I think whatever you make is going to be stunning and I can’t wait to see it 🙂

  • Yvonne
    Posted at 19:38h, 18 March Reply

    I vote for the sheath dress. I made a black lace dress with black underlining. Spent weeks making this dress! Yet, you can hardly notice the the lace. It all blends together. I vote for a lighter lining. Nude might be the way to go but I would definitely go with something that will highlight the lace.

  • Deanne
    Posted at 19:55h, 18 March Reply

    Love the idea of a classic sheath to add to your already wonderful wardrobe! You most certainly have the talent to pull it off…… Navy/Navy would be so timeless!

  • Cindy
    Posted at 21:21h, 19 March Reply

    I also would vote for the tone-on-tone navy on navy — it looks quite rich looking, very color saturated. Plus navy is very slimming and pops the face. Also vote for a simple sheath to keep up with that slimming thing.

  • Evelyn
    Posted at 00:35h, 21 March Reply

    I like the Tory Burch dress. It is so elegant, and would look stunning on you. You could always do it with a nude or white lining if you want to emphasize the lace.

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