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I am so excited today!..the reason for that is I've been contacted by a beautiful girl who wants me to custom make her very special wedding dress. In addition to that, she is getting married in Positano, Italy on a villa. How romantic is that!! There are still 3 more months till the wedding but I can't wait to get my picture! Julie, I hope you are reading this..
But more than anything else I am excited about the dress itself [who could've guess?]. Julie did very good research and I believe she couldn't have chosen any better style than she did. I feel I should keep the dress design a secret before the wedding, the only thing I can reveal is that the bodice is going to have some lace. What I love about the lace is the fact its timeless beauty can transform any ordinary girl into a princess, not to mention what it can do to a gorgeous girl. I love working with lace, the result is so rewarding.
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My favorite two are probably French Chantilly and Alencon laces. They are also among the most popular. Chantilly is a lightweight delicate lace with floral or vine motifs embroidered on fine net. Because Chantilly lace has a more fragile look it works great with most lightweight fabrics like chiffon or tulle. Designers love this amazing lace for a reason. The name comes from a region in France where it was made originally but it is often used for a lace with that recognizable pattern and delicate look. You can tell good quality Chantilly when it has a clearly woven pattern with little knots on it without major synthetic shine to it, even though some hi-end laces might have a lot of shine. The difference is rich vs.cheap. Also a good lace should always have a well clipped scalloped edge, like this one below I had work with not too long ago.
Alencon is a heavier-weight lace that starts out as Chantilly. Lace makers hand-apply fine satin cord around individual motifs to create this type of lace. Alencon is considered the Queen of laces, and its unmatchable beauty and elegance make it very popular for bridal gowns. Alencon comes beaded or unbeaded.