Applique Chantilly Lace

SKU: 00061933
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US$ 598 /m per one running meter

1 m =  1.1 yd


Composition:  60% Polyamide 30% Viscose 10% Cotton
Width: 90 cm
Manufacturer: Sophie Hallette
Country: France
Categories: Dresses, Skirts

This French Chantilly lace boasts a grey floral pattern against the pastel yellow background. Lightweight and breathable, it was produced according to high standards of the House of Sophie Hallette. This renowned lace and tulle manufacturer is famous since 1887. The lower part of the lace is embellished with lace appliques to empathize the delicate pattern. The design is lush and mysterious: dainty triads of flowers sit against the intricately woven background. Its scalloped edges are most suitable for hem and neckline decoration. The chic Chantilly lace makes gorgeous skirt and dress overlays and feminine apparel accents.

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.

Top 5 lace colors are blue, white, black, pink and red. 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 this 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.

Chantilly Lace

Chantilly lace is a fine and delicate type of French lace, known for its light weight, exquisite floral patterns and pure femininity. Despite its airiness, this lace is very durable.

Chantilly lace is made on a hexagonal mesh ground, with an ornate floral pattern sometimes outlined in a heavier silky thread. It is usually designed with double scalloped edges. Traditional Chantilly lace is black, but today it can be dyed in any color. White and ivory are among the most popular ones, which explains why the fabric is often used as a bridal lace. 

This lace has always been perceived as the sign of luxury and high social status, since the production involved lots of manual work. Iconic French brands still use authentic 19th century looms to deliver the original spirit we love this fabric for. Exquisite and stylish, Chantilly lace is often seen on the world’s most famous catwalks during fashion weeks, transformed into luxurious dresses and gowns.

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Fabric by the Yard: Measurement Conversion

All fabrics on our website are priced by the running 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

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This semi-sheer lace in a Chantilly style boasts a grey floral pattern against the pastel yellow background. Lightweight and breathable, it was produced according to high standards of the House of Sophie Hallette.