Women’s clothing that includes undergarments, body corset shapewear, especially brassieres, sleepwear, and lightweight robes, is called lingerie. These are usually light in weight, stretchy, smooth, and sheer and designed with decorative fabrics such as silk, satin, lycra, charmeuse, chiffon, and lace.
The different types of lingerie may include:
- Tap pants
Think of lingerie, and the picture that pops up is those made of lace. Laces are traditionally used fabric material for any lingerie. Lace has always been contemplated as a luxury fabric. The lace underwear and bras have gained much popularity because of their lush detailing and subtle designs. It was in the 15th century that the laces first began to come to light in Italy. Later on, laces were completely made of hand.
Handmade laces are categorised into two types:
- Needle lace: For the needle laces, the patterns are created using a needle and thread.
- Bobbin lace: To create these lace patterns, the threads are wound to weighted bobbins and are plaited.
Anyhow, laces are always intricate and captivating. In the 19th century, imperative developments took place. It was that time when machine-made laces came into existence. The leavers’ lace machine was introduced to the world in the year 1813. This is one of the machines that are still in use today by many manufacturers.
Machine-made laces are of numerous varieties which are used especially in making lace underwears and other lingerie, whilst a few of them are listed down:
- Raschel Lace: Raschel Lace is one of the most modern lace underwear. To create these patterns, threads are knitted in rows of loops at a time. The easiest of all, these laces take less time to be manufactured, and they go well with synthetic fibres like nylon.
- Leavers Lace: These are traditionally used laces that are found in new lingerie. These laces are delicate, supple, and often manifested in complex patterns. The super-expensive ‘Chantilly lace’ is one of its types. Hence, leavers’ lace is given the name ‘Queen of Laces’.
- Schiffli Embroidery: These are technically not laces, but embroidery made using the schiffli machine. These designs are created by placing hundreds of needles with yarn in a horizontal position, and the fabric is placed vertically. The needle is then made to interlace the yarn with the loop. The Schiffli embroidery is unique, complex, and beautiful.
- Guipure lace: These are laces with embroidery in which the tulle base is dissolved chemically. These are unconventional laces. The production of the guipure laces is a time-consuming process as it requires utmost care and attention in detailing the heavy designs. Expensive brands incorporate these embroidery designs in their lingerie.
- Embellished laces: Laces are made of both hand and machine. To make these laces popularly designed, techniques like cording, embroidery and beading are utilised. In cording, thin pieces of cords are subtly stitched over the existing lace designs to add texture. In both hand and machine-made embroidery, emphasis is laid on the lace designs. As concerned with beading, beads and sequins are hands stitched for embellishments.
- All-over: The all-over laces are wide and do not have finished edges. Generally, these are used in covering large portions of the designs.
- Trims: trims are thin laces that are used for edge finishing or even as embellishments on lace underwears and brassieres.
Lace lingerie is fierce and opulent. Choosing the right lingerie is important as it contributes to making one feel confident and enthusiastic.
*Photos by Nataliya Melnychuk