Take advantage of today s fine machine-made laces and fabrics to re-create the look and feel of heirloom-quality clothing for yourself, for your family, and for special gifts. The simple techniques shown and described here are easy to learn and require no special tools -- your sewing machine will replicate the classic hand-sewing techniques in a fraction of the time. Simple, clear instructions show you how to make scarves from antique lace, sachets from fabric scraps, ascots from handkerchief linen, add embroidered ruffles to cotton pillowcases as well as create place mats and matching napkins from linen, chintz, or gingham. Then you go on to make wonderful wearables. From four basic pieces, you transform your wardrobe with a variety of adaptations, including a lace-edged scarf; a basic blouse you can enhance with a lacy front inset; a simple, elegant, fine linen skirt; a cotton summer nightgown; and dozens of other projects brimming with personal touches. Bonus: a special gift section for Christmas, birthdays, and anniversaries.