Lace Up For Spring!

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

This is what I had in mind.

This is what I have  in mind.

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

Not many know how to do bobbin lace.

Not many know how to do bobbin lace.

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.”

Too extreme? Some women think so!

Too extreme? Some women think so!

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

Not quite what I had in mind.

Not quite what I had in mind, and it’s not A-line..

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

My lace jacket.

My lace jacket.

 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? 

18 thoughts on “Lace Up For Spring!

  1. I recently purchased a pretty lace sleeveless top that is loose and long and it has another layer of matching fabric underneath it. I hadn’t really thought about whether or not lace is in style. LOL I just liked it. I have lace sneakers, too, but I have had those for about 6 years and they haven’t been worn very much. So maybe I should dig them out and wear them with my lace top. I have a few lace doilies in my house, and they are on some antique tables that I have. I have always thought of lace as being Victorian, and I do like the Victorian era. I have a lace table cloth for my dining room table, but it isn’t real lace….it is actually plastic that looks like real lace, and it is very pretty. I got it a long time ago in Walmart, but I don’t think that they make them any more. I hope that you like your lace table cloth when you get it.

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    • Hope you have lacey socks to go with your lace tennis shoes. My lace table cloth came and I do like it. Sounds like yours is more practical then mine. Thanks for writing, Colleen.

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  2. I also like lace tablecloths. I used to put a colored cloth underneath to coordinate the decor for a holiday. And I still have my Bealls discount cards . . . Love that store.

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    • Great to hear from you, Rosina. When the holidays arrive, I plan to do the same with my new lace table cloth. Ah, ha, so I’ve found another Bealls lover. Really terrific bargains there, if you have the time to look. Thanks for writing, hope you’ll do so again.

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  3. Our parents are very much a part of who we are…that’s why we mention them. We carry special parts of the people we love and hold dear. My parents come up a great deal in my comments on shirlandyou. I’m similair to my mother in looks and behavior and health. My daughter and I go into a shoe store together…go our seperate ways only to return with not only the exact same shoe…but the same color as well. With six children we didn’t use lace on the kitchen table…but we did have lace dolies on all the furniture to protest it as well as the beauty of them. I used to crochet dolies and table covers from yarn. Don’t have time for that now…but maybe again someday. You look really nice in your lace jacket.

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    • Hi Karen: I know how much your parents mean to you and I love hearing you remember the good times you had together. I remember my mom placing the lace doilies on the arms of our furniture, on dressers and tables, too. With lace making a comeback, it brings back memories, too.

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    • Lace would look perfect on you, Janine. But then, who wouldn’t look great with it on? 🙂 There, you have an excuse to go shopping. Thanks for the compliment,one of the pluses for writing a blog.

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  4. Lace is a part of many fond memories of my mother and grandmothers!! I have some of the dollies my Grandma Hart made…cherishing them in my decor! I love a lace table cloth…it is hard to find a large round on. You are a classic beauty Nana sportin that lace jacket, love it!!

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    • Hi Stephie: It is such fun to hear from my granddaughter. You are so fortunate to have lace doilies from your grandmother. My family didn’t seem to see the importance of passing heirlooms on to others. I do, however, have some silver plate items from both my mother and my grandmother. I think it depends on rather families stay together. Thank God, our family is. Hope you will write again. I believe some shirlandyou readers are also reading your blog.

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  5. Shirley,

    I do like the new fashions that are lacey and oh so feminine. However, what struck me about your article is how you seem to be so much like your mother in so many ways. I find that being the case with myself as well. It is amazing how much we are influenced by them even though we may not realize it at the time. I find myself doing and acting like my mother in so many ways. Some of the similarities are very good and some not so good. I am however trying to change the ‘not so good’ ones. I would hope that my girls will pick up some of my good traits and not so many of the bad ones. It is difficult to realize the ones we need to change and even more difficult to change them. “ Looking up” for help and wisdom.

    Thanks for sharing

    Rozalia Leitem

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    • What you have written is so true about our mothers. I thought I was writing about lace but I’m glad I got side-tracked a bit on mothers. You are right about picking up both the good and bad qualities from them. When it comes to the bad ones, I need help from above, also. Hope you’ll write again. It was fun hearing from you.

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  6. That jacket looks really pretty on you, but….Shirley you could have put a table cloth on and you would have still looked great in it!
    I am definately a fan of lace. Curtains, vintage table cloths, tatted doilies and white blouses with a lace collar. To me nothing looks sharper under a blazer with a pretty skirt! I think its a fashion forward step to see younger woman starting to wear more lace. Lace can be fickle though. It can give you a feminine, polished look or it can go completely the other direction. Like they say, hold on to it long enough and it will come back in style! (Except for bell bottoms that is) if you were young enough to wear them the first time around, your probably to old to wear them now! lol

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    • Hi Debbie: What fun hearing from you. Now I know both you and Bob are alive. And I hope well. You are always so gracious with your compliments. You, also, always know how to dress, even as petite as you are. Can’t wait to see you in lace, or just see you!! Thanks for writing.

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