DIY Lace Duster McCalls M7476: Stylish Fabric Vol. 3


DIY Lace Duster McCalls M7476: Stylish Fabric Vol. 3


Hope all is well.  I took a quick trip to the Midwest to spend a little time with family and friends over the weekend.  Right before finalizing my packing, it occurred to me that maybe I could take a couple of my makes and take pictures in my mom’s backyard.  Of course that meant I had to pack more things, such as the camera, tripod, laptop, extra shoes, etc.  I also considered how I could pack one of my sewing machines (I have been known to travel with a one).  However, I need to get a cheapy machine that I won’t be too devastated if something unexpected happens to it during travel…again, lol.  Although, there was no sewing during the visit, I was able to get plenty of sewing in before leaving.

So let’s get into this week’s DIY look, a crochet lace duster…

This lovely fabric is from Stylish Fabric.  I have been referring to it as crochet lace, because that is what it seems like to me.  It is described as chemical lace and can be found on Stylish Fabric’s website by clicking here.  I was curious about what is meant by chemical lace, so I Googled it and found information on Wikipedia.  Based on what I read (summing it up), it is a form of machine made lace created by embroidering a pattern on sacrificial fabric that has been chemically treated to disintegrate after the pattern is made.  When the embroidery is completed onto the fabric, the embroidered fabric is placed in a solution that will dissolve the sacrifical fabric, but not harm the embroidered threads.  This technique allows a single piece of lace to be made over 60 inches wide and 15 yards long…interesting huh?  If you are interested in purchasing this lace feel free to use my coupon code: Tee to receive 15% off your purchase (this discount applies site-wide as well)!

I made this with McCalls M7476 View B, without the pockets.  This is a very simple duster to make.

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My intention was to make the length of View E, but I cut this so that the scalloped selvage ended up being the finished hem and finished edge of the sleeves.  As a result of turning the direction of the fabric, I lost about 3 to 4 inches of the pattern length.  This worked in my favor, because I am short so the length ended up being ideal for me.  I stitched the entire garment with a zig-zag stitch and walking foot.  When I was satisfied with the fit, I serged all of the seams, making sure I caught all of the fabric in the stitching.

I was concerned about how well the shoulder seams and armholes of the garment would hold up with wear over time.  Therefore, I cut a strip of selvage from mauve colored jersey knit that I also had from Stylish Fabric to add a little support in those seams before serging.

The sleeves were attached using the flat sleeve insertion method.  Notice that I used wonder clips a lot during the process of making this.  It was easier than using pins for this fabric type.

I cut the facing out as normal, however, since this is see through fabric and has a spacey pattern, I had to be a little creative when I turned the facing to the inside of the garment to finish it.  Once the facing was attached, I trimmed down the seam allowance, turned the facing to the inside, and lightly pressed  it with a cloth.  I used the coverstitch machine to top-stitch the facing into place along the edge.  I trimmed off the excess facing that did not get caught in the coverstitch with my curved scissors, closely to the seam.  It worked out very well.  Of course I could not add any interfacing on the facing to give it more shape or support since the lace is see through.  However, the two layers together along with the coverstich was sufficient in giving it a light, flowy, and flexible shape and drape.

Soooo…..My mom fell in love with this duster, so it did not make it back to Las Vegas with me.  Therefore, I will have to make myself another one, HA!

Don’t forget to go and check this and other fabric out on at  and use my discount code: Tee to receive 15% off.

That’s all I have for this week and I can’t wait to share my last lace look with Stylish Fabric for this round, before I move on to some fun prints.   Take care and until next time….

Yours truly, Tee

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My name is Tee and you can say that sewing is in my blood. You see, I come from a family of wonderful seamstresses, including my Grandma Maggie. My aunt is also one of my favorite seamstresses. As a child, I was so amazed at all of the prom/ball gowns, dresses, suits, and lace slips hanging up everywhere that they made. They also made beautiful home décor, such as curtains, cushions, and pillows. Their work was impeccable to say the least and always looked so professionally-made. Though I admired their work greatly, I did not pick up the craft as a child. However, my mom believed that I was born with the sewing gene, simply because my dad, his mom, and his sisters could sew. So when I was in high school, she bought me a beautiful 1960s sewing machine (the kind that folds into the table) and my Granny Elaine gave me several yards of fabric that she was planning to use to have a garment made. One Saturday morning, I pulled out the machine instructions and decided to give sewing a try. Sadly, my first attempts at sewing were complete fails…everything I tried to sew always fell apart…probably because I didn’t think the bobbin thread was necessary at the time. Instead of asking any of those wonderful familial resources to teach me to sew…I ended up folding the machine back into the table and using it for a lamp stand. It wasn’t until 15 years later that I would ever try sewing again. In fall of 2011 while living in Chicago, I signed up for a sewing class at a local fabric store, called The Needle Shop. In just three hours, I learned the basic functions of the sewing machine, how to sew a straight stitch, and how to install a zipper. I also learned the bobbin thread was absolutely necessary for ensuring that stitches did not come apart. By the time the class was finished, I made my very first throw pillow. I felt a strong sense of achievement and I couldn’t wait to make more things. I was 125% hooked on sewing. From that point, I purchased a small sewing machine and found more sewing classes around the city. For my next project, I learned to sew a reversible messenger bag at Lillstreet Art Center. However, my love affair with sewing went to the next level when I learned to sew garments at Vogue Fabric Store. A few years later, I moved to Vegas, where I connected with a tailor and learned menswear alterations. Additionally, I took classes at the Stitch Factory in downtown Vegas, where I learned to make pants, match plaids, and draft my own patterns. In addition to DIY and sewing for fashion and the home, I really like thrifting and shopping great retail sales. I like to incorporate and style thrift and retail items into my DIY looks. A little more about Grandma Maggie and Granny Elaine I began learning to sew after my Grandma Maggie’s memory started to fade away from her. Much of her fabric was passed down to me and there are many times when I wish I could ask her thoughts and the background on certain fabrics. Nevertheless, before her memory loss progressed completely, I showed her my first throw pillow. I didn’t think she quite understood, until she quietly uttered the words, “you should add lace around it, that would make it pretty”. Anytime, I use my Grandma’s colorful laces or fabric, I hear her voice and I feel I am sharing this journey with her. I am also fortunate enough to have my Granny Elaine’s old and colorful leather coats. Pre-sewing, I would always tell her those things were “out of style” and needed to be donated. Thank goodness she didn’t listen to me, because she gave me all of those great coats that I plan on re-purposing for future DIY projects. Though her memory also is not quite the same, she is happy to know that I am going to re-use them. While packing those items to bring to Vegas with me, she repeated joyfully, “I can’t believe you saved all those things for so many years”…(though she is the one who saved them). I am so fortunate for my grandmothers and I dedicate this blog to them. Love, Tee

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