Whenever I view fashion plates and clothes from 200 years ago with Vandyke points, my gaze always lingers. I love these deeply indented trims and decorations, whether they are made of lace or cloth. These are sewn by hand! Imagine the work that went into them.
These trims were named after Sir Anthony Van Dyck, a 17th-century Flemish painter (and popular portraitist for British royalty and the upper crust), who was known for painting elaborate V-shaped lace collars and scalloped edges on both his male and female sitters. The pointed vandyke beard was named after him. You can see an example of both in the portrait of Charles I below.
Vandyke points are labor intensive. The edges you see in the sample of a child’s dress are sewn by hand, as are the tucks. One can only imagine how much time it took, but the results are striking.
All of the lade edges were once hand-tatted; they are now machine made, but no less spectacular.
Vandyke points edged skirts:
They embellished lace caps and collars:
And edged necklines:
They were used to decorate hems:
And are still made for modern edgings:
17th century antique clothes looked rich and splendid with these added lace embellishments:
For embroidery stitches and lace tatting, click on the following link: Van Dyke online tatting: This article demonstrates how to tat your own Vandyke point lace. Warning. Time consuming. And the link in the caption to the image below:
More on the topic:
- Victorian Van Dyke lace points
- Bigelow Family Quilted Pelisse
- 17th c. Lace Gallery & Identification: Excellent examples can be found here
- Van Dyke Trim and Pinking: This tutorial shows explicitly how to make VanDyke trim.
- Sleeves and Van Dyke points
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