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Chantilly Lace

137 US$per one running metre
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SKU: 00065779

Characteristics

Composition: 46% Metallic Fibers29% Polyamide25% Viscose
Weight:46 g/m²
Width:140 cm
Manufacturer:Solstiss Sa
Country:France
Suitable For:Finishing & Separate Garments

Description

This French Chantilly lace boasts a fairy-tale floral pattern in a frosty grey color. Silver metallic fibers used for the pattern lend it a remarkable sheen. Our chic lace looks like a charming veil used on its own and lands on a contrasting underlay like an ethereal gossamer.

What is Lace?

Lace has a disputable origin since it evolved from other techniques. This beautiful openwork can be either English or French legacy. Even if it was Italian, the world would love it just as much. Handcrafted and machine-made, it was widespread in Europe by the 16th century. Lace is named after the Latin word laqueus, which means “noose”. Equally valued by the early Catholic Church clergy and city fashionistas, this fabric has a number of production techniques:

  • knotted lace, such as macramé and tatting;
  • cutwork, or whitework;
  • machine-made lace;
  • chemical lace;
  • crocheted lace;
  • tape lace;
  • knitted lace;
  • needle lace;
  • bobbin lace.

These days not all these varieties are widespread. Different kinds of lace keep falling in and out of fashion, but some are here to stay. Modern lace producers offer a rich variety of:

  • Chantilly lace
  • corded lace
  • guipure lace
  • embroidered lace
  • Lyon lace.

Metallic is a perennial fabric trend of the season. It is now seen in all kinds of textures – from silk to lace. Floral patterns are a timeless classic that never fails.

Chantilly Lace

Chantilly lace got its name from the city Chantilly in the Northern France. The interesting point is that this bobbin lace was mostly made by hand in the French city Bayeux. Famous since the 17th century, this delicate fabric was initially used as mourning wear. Black Chantilly lace with an ornate floral pattern is outlined with cordonnet, a fine strand. It looks equally chic made into:

- a shawl;

- a scarf;

- a special occasion dress;

- lingerie.

When it comes to high-quality dress material, silk Chantilly lace is one of the most popular choices both for evening dresses and day dresses – all because of its look, feel and hand. These lightweight laces are used for bridal dresses and special occasion garments and often paired with contrasting fabrics like silk satin, velvet and even leather. Feminine and airy white Chantilly lace is perfect for a bridal dress or a wedding gown. A backless evening dress sewn of embroidered Chantilly lace is a real power piece of one’s wardrobe.

How to Sew with Lace?

Lace, as well as many other fabrics, has its underlying potential problems when it comes to sewing. Due to its gossamer-like structure, this fabric can be a real challenge for those who have just started their sewing lessons. There are several tips that can help you turn Chantilly lace into a beautiful piece of clothing.

  1. Mind the side. Sometimes lace looks the same on both sides, but in most cases, they differ. One should mind the face side, especially while working with multiple lengths of lace fabric. It’s a good idea to use stickers or removable tailor’s chalk to indicate it.
  2. Symmetry is key. While designing the dress, consider the ornament direction and place the fabric accordingly. Estimate the length of the dress so as to place scallops symmetrically
  3. Always prepare your fabric before cutting. Steam ironing might work for cotton lace, but it all depends on the type of fabrics – mostly only dry-cleaning is allowed. The best strategy is to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  4. If you need to secure your fabric, opt for fine and sharp silk pins. You may also use weights to keep it in place.
  5. Sharp scissors are a key to success. We recommend using special scissors or a rotary cutter for cutting lace. Use tone-on-tone thread to avoid the contrast with delicate lace fabric. Viscose thread and thin needle are essential for handworks and beadworks.
  6. Overlap two pieces of lace to hide your seam. Carefully match the basting marks between the two pieces. It depends on the motif, but sew the new seam as close to your basted line as you can. Trim away excess at the overlap edges. You can pin and baste around the lapped seam and test until you're satisfied with how it looks. 
  7. Pressing is quite tricky, too. Before pressing, cover lace fabric with some kind of protection, like a thick cotton towel. Or, you could also use a special iron shoe

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Fabric by the Yard: Measurement Conversion

All fabrics on our website are priced by the meter. The term "running meter" or "linear meter" is used in the fabric industry. To convert meters to yards, use the conversion factor 0.9144. In other words,
1 Yard = 0.9144 Meters
1 Metre = 1.0936 Yards