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Quick cuffs

April 24, 2012

A local station is showing Downton Abbey Season 1, and I’ve been glued to the screen. Remember when Mrs. Hughes goes off to the fair to meet an old flame? Her dress had a bit of lace at neck & wrists. Here’s the only photo I could locate (from ITV). It only shows neckline, but sleeve edges were the same lace.

Mrs. Hughes, Downton Abbey (courtesy ITV)
Mrs. Hughes, Downton Abbey (courtesy ITV)

The lace is probably sewn into place,  sans gathers.  These little wristlets weren’t,  and can be used with sweaters, blouses, and suit jackets, as in this example.


For my purposes wider lace was used, but narrower would work, too – don’t you think? A simple gather with narrow elastic, knotted, then lacy raw edges sewn together.  Easy peasy!

  1. Lace collars and cuffs were often tucked in, or held on with just one or two stitches, so they could be used on different blouses and dresses. Great easy cheat on your cuff lace!

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