How long has it been since you went shopping for a lace table cloth? Never? I used to think they were old fashioned. My mother always had one on our family’s
dining room table. I speak often about my mother when I write shirlandyou. That’s funny, because I never thought she had much influence on my life. Oh, I look like her, come to think about, I sing like her, I like the same colors, and I often catch myself thinking like her. I guess I had to start writing to find her influence on me has been considerable. This shirlandyou is not about my mother. I’m not sure how I got sidetracked, but let’s get back to shopping for a lace table cloth.
I went into my favorite department store and found they didn’t stock them. On the internet I found some old ones on ebay, but they weren’t what I was looking for, until I found one for sale that’s brand new, rose pattern, synthetic and completely washable. I’m still waiting for it to arrive.
Why suddenly I have an interest in lace, I’m not sure. I have always liked lace, and have watched women do the bobbin lacing. They work for hours with many
bobbins hanging from their hoops as they braid and twist and weave the thread into place. Did you know that gold and silver thread used to be used in lace making? I mean the real thing! Now that would be a style worth investing in. Lace used to mainly be used as edging on pieces of linen or on doilies.
While researching my interest in lace table cloths, I learned that this feminine fabric is no longer being relegated to fancy dresses and lingerie. So here’s the latest, ladies, we’re being told to “lace-up for Spring.”
Lace is no longer trim but the main attraction. You’ll find lace looking pretty snazzy on everything from crewneck sweaters to hot pants. Some think lace shoes are going too far.
On the internet I found directions on how to sew an A-line skirt from an old lace table cloth. Is this another indication that lace table
cloths are just not in? A web site called “Love Affair” offers vintage clothing made of lace, and there’s nothing frumpy about their line.
So, am I going out to get clothing of this feminine fabric to add to my closet? I believe there is something magical about lace, that’s why I’m waiting for delivery of my new, lace table cloth. I must tell you I have already shopped and found two lace items of clothing, I bought even before I became aware of their popularity.
If you’ve ever been to Florida, you are well aware of a women’s clothing store called, Bealls Outlet (pronounced Bells). In it there are plain steel racks
running the length of the store with women’s clothing, men’s too, which I think must not have sold in other stores. That’s where I found a darling, white lace jacket. It’s made of the prettiest lace, and has three- quarter length sleeves which feature a special gathered effect. It has classic lines, and is made of cotton and nylon. Its tag reads, “Absolutely Fabulous” and it is! It cost me $17. Then I found a navy blue, lace blouse for much less than that. I do dress in vintage clothes when attending rallies with my husband and his Band Organ and I did buy these with those events in mind, but since reading that lace clothing is making a come back, I just may take my Spring fashions to the next level. How about you, I’d love to hear your comments. Are you ready to go “lacey” this Spring?