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Research - Sewing Lace

I have an upcoming project which includes sewing with lace, hence the title.

My experience with sewing lace is honestly very small. I've ever made or supervised making of two dresses with lace bodice. And on both underlining was used.
But what if the design you chose has no need for underling, but instead it favors your own skin showing trough? 

How you finish the seams? Or more importantly, how you join two details together without underlining to support the seam?

Black draped cowl neck dress

 I apologize for the crappy image quality

What: knee length softly draped dress with cap sleeves and cowl neck.

Fabric: black ponte knit.

Pattern: semi self drafted. I started with this Burda top pattern.

Wedding dress chatter

With spring arriving so did first wedding invites and one bride to be, pegging me to sew her dress. No, I haven't said yes to her.

I am so torn.
I do want to sew it, but I am working a full time job that is so very exhausting at times. Then it’s a white dress. WHITE. Sewing white can be a bitch, pardon my french.
Then there’s the details - where to cut (I don’t have a cutting table and I really can’t see myself lying out five meters of white fabric on my living room floor), how to sew, what materials to use and so on. Sourcing proper quality material at an affordable price can be very hard here in Estonia.
And then there’s me, second guessing my skills and fearing that I will screw it up royally.

So with weddings in the air, I took a look at bridal gown patterns.
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