WELCOME to Nest by Tamara blog

WELCOME to Nest by Tamara blog
Hi- It's Tamara. I'm happy you've stopped by the blog, and since 2010 I've been sharing my passion for interior design, travel, entertaining & fashion. I am an interior designer, textile designer and writer living and working in New York City and East Hampton, Long Island. My blog musings have taken me to international design, art, antique and epicurean events and I have lots to share. I'm grateful to have been listed as the #1 top design blog, blogs to watch, top design blogs and in 2019 named and awarded Rising Star of Design by the IFDA NY industry organization. Please feel free to reach out to our team for an interior design consultation or to see our collection of wallpaper and fabric sold to the designer trade, rootcellardesigns@gmail.com. Happy Nesting, XO Tamara

TEXTILE DIARIES: Who Doesn't Love Eyelet Fabric- A Summer time favorite fabric


Textile Diaries:
Why We Love Eyelet Fabric

One of the things I love about textiles is they tell a story of our past as much as they talk about the future. How they're made, their origins...there's always an interesting back-story. Many fabrics were originally used have come back in fashion again and again. Thinking about summer, fashion and history the textile that comes top of mind is eyelet. 

photo via Wikipedia on eyelet

WHAT IS EYELET? Eyelet is a lace-like fabric popular to wear and use in the summer months. In order to understand the fabric we must first learn its origins. Eyelet originates from "Broderie Anglaise" which is composed of round or oval holes cut into the fabric (hence, eyelets) and with tiny buttonhole stitches in the shapes. The patterns can be flowers, vines, circles or leaves are illuminated with embroidery stitching on the fabric. The tiny holes are punched out with an embroidery stiletto and then the edges are finished. But, first the embroidery is created around the fabric then the hole cut with scissors. Although it's precious and delicate, it is also quite a durable design and fabrication. The name “eyelet” conjures up summer images- the name refers to the design of the textile rather what it is made of. Most often it's made with cotton or linen fabric and originally only seen in white, it's now popular in navy or black or many other colors too. The trademark designs are these lovely cut holes in almost always cotton or linen fabric and with the intention to keep a breezy feel when wearing.  To keep cool in summer, it’s been a favorite in fashion but I am a huge fan of it for home fabric too.  A dream of mine is to fabric ate a set of curtains for a beach cottage bedroom in eyelet! 

HISTORY- It's can be quite a detailed design which hails from the 16th century in Eastern Europe, and deep roots to Scotland in the 17th century, and even traces back to the fine dressmaking Italian tradesmen during that time. During the 19th century it became the clothing for many of the wealthy in England and particularly their under garments, then it became widely popular during the Victorian era which was an time when detail was of the utmost importance. Due to the layering of garments, tailors were interested in using lighter fabrics, so the breezy nature of eyelet became a useful fabric for undergarments. It is more durable then the "bone lace" that was popular at the time it was introduced, and soon table linens, dresses, undergarments, wedding gowns and children's garments were showing eyelet in both cotton and linen. While it was entirely a handmade process back in these days, today it's created almost entirely by machine. I love it because it's a classic look and feels yet it's quintessentially summer.

When did eyelet become in fashion during this century?

When Brigitte Bardot wore a pink and white gingham dress trimmed in eyelet at her 1959 wedding in France to actor Jacque Charrier, we will forever deem eyelet chic!

via Vogue and Michael Kors
In recent years, fashion designers have shown it on the runway 


Happy Nesting 
XO Tamara