Thursday, February 11, 2010

Vintage Ribbon Work and Tutorials

I am an avid reader of the FIDM Museum Blog. They have gorgeous posts about various museum pieces and projects like this 1920s Boué Soeurs dress. Isn't it gorgeous? There is more information about this beautiful dress and the sisters that founded Boué Soeurs on their blog, so be sure to visit.

You can also view more of their work on the Fashion Spot forum here.
Notice the detail on the shoulder? This particular style is a mixture of handcrafted ribbon work and lace called Filet Boué, a floral patterned lace worked on a mesh ground developed by the Boué Soeurs own lacemakers. If you click on the picture, you can get a larger, clearer view. Go ahead , click on it, I'll wait...

Aren't you glad you clicked? Details and trims like this  just don't happen in mainstream clothing anymore and it makes me sad. This is a project you could do while watching a movie or your favorite TV show. There are books about how to do ribbon work, but I also found a couple of tutorials online to get you started.

Hey vintage brides! Wouldn't this be a beautiful; and easy way to embellish your gown or accessories? You could also incorporate something borrowed or something blue into this trim detail.

Have fun and be sure to post about the finished project and leave us a link here!

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