Tiny rickrack also adds a feminine detail to this Sailboat Top where it was applied to the topstitching. April used a special tool for this step, but you could also apply the rickrack over topstitching or by using basting as a guide. I think the miniature rickrack enhances the sweet Little Red Riding Hood fabric and, again, adds some visual interest to a pattern that can be made for boys and girls.
rickrack inspiration via flickr
There are many adorable outfits showing up on the Oliver + S Flickr group lately. Here are two recent additions that both use rickrack with terrific results.
The Tea Party Sundress pattern includes a Playsuit option, which can be really sweet and practical for small children. Although most of the playsuits I’ve seen have been for boys, I think it’s wonderful for girls as well. And replacing the flat piping in the yoke seam with rickrack gives the outfit a feminine detail without being fussy or frilly. The rickrack detail also adds a little texture to the garment. I think it works beautifully in this instance.