vintage Gunne Sax dress in the Dearly Vintage Etsy Shop
1960s dress in the Dearly Vintage etsy shop
1970s Mexican Wedding Dress in the Off Broadway Vintage etsy shop
1970s dress in the Bad Cholla Vintage etsy store
I'm always interested in seeing how embellishments give dresses personality and interest. One of the cheaper methods to embellish a sewing project, I think, is to add ribbons or bits of lace trim. Sometimes I find bags of lace and eyelet trims at the thrift store (I think that you can easily find large lots of trims on Ebay or Etsy as well) for very inexpensive prices. Even if you've never gotten lucky buying trims second-hand, ribbon can be bought cheaply on sale in large quantities at just about any craft store you walk into.
The dresses above show how beautifully ribbon can be used to accent a neckline or waist, make interesting sleeves even more interesting, highlight hemlines and cuffs, and add color and texture to a garment.
Sewing with ribbons is simple: just make sure that you measure, pin, and sew on your ribbon before you sew up any seams that cover the edge of the fabric you are adding your ribbon to. You can sew on ribbon after seams are put together (after your dress is done, too!) but it is harder to do accurately and harder also to keep the ends of the ribbon neat. I'm thinking of putting together a simple tutorial about sewing ribbon trims (if we ever manage to get a few days in a row of sunshine) as I have a skirt cut out that I want to trim with several bands of ribbon.
I also just finished a ribbon and lace accented dress from a 1970s pattern that I'm looking forward to sharing here soon. The dress is very bright and summery----quite a bit brighter than the examples that I chose above, as I sewed mine out of a cheerful vintage floral sheet and trimmed it with bits of lace and cream colored grosgrain ribbon that I've found over the years on various thrift store trips.
Do you like ribbon embellishments? Have you ever tried it on any of your sewing projects?
Mr and Mrs Rat
Mr and Mrs Rat like to sew.