The dress I am pretty certain has silk embroideries on it as the lay very smooth and flat and rayon tends to not want to do that. The embroidery is exquisite.
The lace is breaking out at the header of the lace. If you do not know what a header is here you go. It is the top of the lace. If you make bobbin lace you are use to this term if not it is new to you. It will be important to know this as this is where a thread is pulled from to gather ( 100% cotton) lace to make it fit around curves and such in heirloom sewing. This technique does not work well with synthetic laces although they do have a header.
crochet pattern for edging
- sc all the way around ( used for neck arms and hem on neck and arm cut and finish after this step for hem do not cut and finish but continue on)
- sc, *chain 5, skip 4 sc on previous row, sc in next stitch,* repeat around.
- * sc in sc, 3 sc in chain space ch2, 3 sc in same chain space as last 3 sc,* around cut and finish thread