I do not like to sew winter clothing. I like sewing for spring and summer the best. So as the trees begin to leaf out and the tulips are in full bloom, I feel the stitching bug sneaking up on me (actually more like bellowing in my ear). Last year I made a couple little dresses for Baby Doll which included some tatting. I had read how durable tatting was and knew that it had been used extensively in the distant past to embellish clothing. The question for me was, could MY tatting hold up to repeated washings... The answer, so far, is YES!
These pictures were taken today of the dress I made for Baby Doll at the end of October last year. I posted about it here. Baby Doll has worn it quite a bit and put it to the test with markers, crayons, messy eating habits, fingers looped in the tatting, and most recently a stroll through a muddy, wheat field. And the tatting has held up!
I hand wash this dress because the dye from the brown fabric leeches into the wash water and I don't trust it with other delicates. Once or twice I have had to vigorously work out stains on the tatting. I hang it to dry and haven't had to iron it once - that alone gives it a special place in my heart...
I made this dress for Baby Doll last June and posted about it here. It has had a TON of wear! It was in CONSTANT demand with Baby Doll and she gave it quite a stress test also. I have always machine washed and dried it... and again NO IRONING (tears of gratitude are coming to my eyes as I type - I hate ironing except when quilting). It has held up well also, although you can see in the detail picture below that the picots on the tatted edging have disappeared - they've gotta be there somewhere, right?
So, in summary, I plan to add more tatting to Baby Doll's clothing. It may not always wear this well, but I am convinced that TATTING IS TOUGH!!!