I also like the idea of mixing them up, though. These are on the dress that I made for our oldest grand daughter last year. I've posted a photo of this dress before, but not of the back or close up. I used the open spaces in the lace as buttonholes. The bodice of this dress is made from strips of lace and some antique fabric that already had tucks. I also wove ribbon through the lace. I dyed all of the lace and the fabric for the bottom with tea. I may have already told you that in the other post with this dress. I've included a close up of the embroidery that I did on the front of the skirt. I love to embroider by hand. I mixed up doing shadow embroidery with regular stitches. Note the imperfectness of the design. I just made it up as I went. The ribbons are not the same on each side, etc.... I like it that way. Note, the lace medallion inserts below the embroidery. I also got these from my SIL's aunt. Now, on to sewing for this year's Easter. I'm in the middle of smocking the first dress. I love how it's turning out so far.
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