I have never sewn with lace before. I don’t wear lace, actually. I mean, I donned a tiered lace Scarlett O’Hara dress for my junior prom, but that was back in the 80s when I could be forgiven for it.
But lately, I have been craving lace. Miss Fisher is to blame.
Played by Essie Davis, Phryne Fisher is the quintessential 1920s fashionista, swanning around in lace jackets and dusters as she solves crimes, saves the day and gets the men on the TV show “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.” (It’s an Australian show, available on Netflix in the US.)
I bought some Art Deco style lace from Mood Fabrics in New York:
And I am learning how to sew lace for the first time. The red thread you see running through the center is the center back. One of the first things you learn is to use running threads and tailor’s tacks to mark the pattern.