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The lace endging in pink silk-cashmere.

Choosing lace

Continuing my work on “Theory – Adopting Crochet Design to Tiny Bottoms“, I had another close look at the Myla Gail Brazilian and decided to finally actually crochet the lace that will go over the thong.

A fine lace border for underwear by Flora Klickmann

A fine lace border for underwear by Flora Klickmann

This lace is found in Flora Klickmann’s “the Home Art Crochet Book”, an antique book donated by Judith Combs to the Antique Pattern Library.

I tried the Cluny Lace pattern as mentioned in the previous post but that proved to be difficult. The pattern called for very fine thread which I didn’t have and when I tried it in size 20 thread I ended up with a very large piece of lace with very large meshes. It wasn’t right.

As for Flora Klickmann’s lace, I think it’s perfect. I made several test crochets using white and black cotton threads.

I tried Flora Klickmann's lace first in white cotton thread size 20.

I tried Flora Klickmann's lace first in white cotton thread size 20.

While crocheting the lace, I made a few modifications and took note of them. Nevertheless, the pattern by Klickmann was very clear and very well written. Some people avoid using antique books because the language seem obscure and the instructions are not very explicit (as crocheters then were expected to be very expertly skilled), but I would recommend Flora Klickmann’s book for those who are new to the antique crochet patterns.

Flora Klickmann's lace this time in black cotton thread.

Flora Klickmann's lace this time in black cotton thread size 10.

At the moment, I am crocheting the lace in silk-cashmere yarn, which is a good strong but soft yarn. I also chose a light pink colour, so my version of the Myla Gail Brazilian will be very feminine.

The lace endging in pink silk-cashmere.

The lace endging in pink silk-cashmere.

Here is the pattern for the lace border by Flora Klickmann. Later, when I am finished with the thong, I write out the pattern with my modifications.

Pattern by Flora Klickmann. Click to enlarge.

Pattern by Flora Klickmann. Click to enlarge.

While I would recommend the Russian-language crochet fashion magazines, I hope you find some time to check out the wonderful antique books too.

Happy crocheting!

Theory – Adopting Crochet Design to Tiny Bottoms

I’ve just signed up as a Journelle Affiliate and browsed through their collection all day yesterday. I must admit they have a gorgeous selection and as soon as I get enough balance in my PayPal account, I’ll buy my first favourite, the Myla Gail Brazilian. – I’d definitely want to wear it and definitely want to learn how to make one like it!

All the lace bottoms in Journelle are among my favourites and if I get a chance I’ll become a lingerie designer. ;)

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Gail Brazilian bottom from English luxury lingerie classicists Myla.

Here’s an illustration of some basic bottom styles from Wikipedia. With these, it is easier to categorize the types of underwear I’d like to design and construct. So here we can place the Myla Gail Brazilian under the category “Thong.”

Drawing illustrating various styles of panties.

Drawing illustrating various styles of panties. Image from The Wikimedia Commons.

But for the moment, I’d like to take up the challenge of re-constructing one of the thongs in the Journelle collection into crochet. It’s a fun way of learning more about crochet and garment design.

Crochetology Problem:

Drawing inspiration from the Myla Gail Brazilian thong, use crochet to construct a (functional) thong with the decorative features of lace, ribbon (that ties into a bow at the back) and strings of pearls.

Theoretical Solution:

Lace

My proposed solution is crocheted Cluny Lace which features the daisy, crescent and spider motifs. The pattern for this particular lace is found in “How to Crochet Beautiful Cluny Laces” by Marie Antoinette Hees, an antique book donated by Diane Spinelli to the Antique Pattern Library.

Here are illustrations depicting the use of the lace without the spider motif.

A depiction of the crocheted thong.

A depiction of the crocheted thong.

And here is the back view of the Thong showing the opening at the rear section.

A depiction of the back section of the thong.

A depiction of the back section of the thong.

Here is an illustration of the lace with the Spider Motif. I think that the pattern with the Spider Motif is more suitable.

Another version of the lace pattern.

Another version of the lace pattern.

Here is the pattern for the Cluny Lace as use to make the Piano Scarf No. 1. Click on the image to retrieve a larger printable version of the pattern.

Cluny Lace Pattern instructions.

Cluny Lace Pattern instructions.

Crotch and Ribbons

The crotch may be crocheted in plain single crochet or half double crochet. Then a lining can be sewn in. The ribbons may be grosgrain or satin ribbons sewn in. I think that the ribbon can be a functional bow that ties at the back. This can be used instead of elastics. Then a small ribbon and pearl bead is sewn to the front of the thong.

The Pearls

One of Myla Gail Brazilian’s fascinating design details is the string of freshwater pearls looping around the backside. These pearls are detachable and link to the rear bow.

But this is all theory and I have not yet tried making that Cluny Lace pattern. If I ever get around to crocheting this thong, I will definitely blog about it. If you have other design solutions/ideas, I’d love to hear about those too!