|Finished -- Ta Da!|
|Bernie's Coffee Press/Dyebath|
|Lace in the Coffee Bath|
As you can see, the lace looked much darker wet than it did after I rinsed it out and dried it, but that's okay. All I needed was a coffee brown tinge of color, and it looked pretty near perfect once it had dried.
|After Coffee Dying|
So I dyed this lace about a month ago, and then put it back in my sewing room Misfit Mending pile because I was in quiltermode for one thing, plus I hadn't quite figured out exactly how I was going to attach the trim to the skirt. My garment sewing experience, after all, has been limited to the occasional Aquaman outfit or Jedi cloak, as required by my Trick-or-Treaters. I've never attached lace to anything before.
|1300MDC Serger, Photo Courtesy Bernina USA|
|Guiding Lace Against Blindstitch Guide, Barely Trimming Fabric Edge|
I consulted my Bernina Serger Technique Reference Book and decided to attach the lace trim to the skirt with a 3-thread rolled hem, using my Blindstitch Foot as a guide for the edge of the lace. Unlike the user manual, the Serger Technique Reference Book is well-written and full of large color PHOTOS. In my opinion, it should come with the sergers, but I had to purchase it separately. Having consulted my book, I starched both the lace trim and my flimsy skirt fabric, so it would have enough body to roll properly as the stitches were formed. One downside of a project like this is that I didn't have any scraps of the skirt fabric for testing purposes, so I had to wing it and hope for the best. I used the edge of the Blindstitch Foot guide to keep the lace lined up nice and straight, about a quarter inch from the edge of the skirt fabric, right sides together, and positioned the skirt fabric so that just the fraying edge threads would be trimmed away by the serger knife. Just a few minutes later, the trim was attached. Serger love!
I did open a side seam just a couple of inches before attaching the trim along the hem, so I'd have a starting and stopping place, so I just stitched that closed on my regular sewbaby and then secured the cut edges of the crochet lace with some additional hand stitches in matching thread. Again, I'd procrastinated putting the lace trim on the skirt for so long -- it was amazing how fast and easy it was once I sat down to do it. Now that it's finished, the skirt looks like it was always supposed to be that way, and the lining is no longer hanging out. Who knows, maybe this small success will encourage me to tackle the rest of the mending misfits in that pile? Well, let's not hold our breath...