In this tutorial I’ll show you how lace insertion was done in the Edwardian era.
- lace (I’ve used cotton Valenciennes lace)
- fabric (I’ve used muslin)
- matching sewing thread
- sewing machine
- needle and scissor
I haven’t starched the lace or fabric, but I’ve washed and ironed both so that it won’t distort later.
Sew the lace on both edges with a straight stitch. I’ve sewn the lace both times in the same direction, so that the lace doesn’t distort.
You could also mark lines on the fabric, or pin or baste the lace to the fabric before sewing if you want to.
If you use delicate handmade lace, it ‘should be sewed in place by hand with fine running stitches’ (School Sewing Based On Home Problems, 1916).
On the wrong side of the fabric, carefully trim the raw edges to about 1/8 – 1/4 inch / 3 – 6 mm.
Sew overcasting stitches close to your stitching line and draw them tight. ‘The edge has the appearance of being rolled.’ (Clothing For Women: Selection, Design, Construction, 1916)
On the right side, tiny slanting stitches will show which however are hardly noticeable.
I think this Edwardian lace insertion method is pretty and practical: it’s secure, and the ‘rolled’ hem is hardly noticeable.
I recommend doing the ‘rolled’ hem when you’re relaxed: 😉 while viewing a nice movie in the evening, or sitting outside on a sunny afternoon. I found sewing the hem stressful when I had little time, and relaxing while sitting outside in summer.
You could also attach a lace ruffle close to the edge of your lace insertion with running stitches.
It’s the sleeve for my Edwardian lingerie dress which I’m sewing at the moment.
Here you’ll find more of my lace tutorials.