I had been dreaming of a lace dress for some time. With a full skirt and sheer lace sleeves... And then there was this black lace fabric on sale at the fabric store. I bought 3 meters of it, along with some black satin and began scheming. After lots of hand stitches, i now have a new favorite dress. Anyone want to go party with me so that I have a reason to wear it?
I incorporated a few "couture" techniques in the process, just because I love how it looks. The dress feels so luxurious because of all the time and attention I put in it. The facing is understitched by hand with a prick stitch and the zipper is inserted by hand. I binded the waist seam with self-fabric bias tape and added a waist stay, as the skirt is quite heavy. I am also happy with how the "hemming" of the skirt and sleeves worked out, with the decoupage of the lace. I love the scalloped effect!
|I am really happy with the dress! The skirt is less full then I envisioned, but I think it makes the dress more modern.|
|Back view. Yes that is ice on the pond.|
|I love the V in the back. Also notice the guys posing on the other side of the pond. You think he also has a sewing blog?|
|The fit is also quite good. A tad big in the waist, maybe. The waist stay need to be a little tighter.|
|Pleats in front and back.|
|Detail, showing the understitching and the fell stitching on the facing.|
|The hem, inside out. Yes, I pinked the SA, it makes me happy!|
|Inside out, showing the waist stay and the all in one facing.|
|The zipper was inserted by hand. The stitches completely disappear in the lace.|
This dress is also my entry for the Burda style Sewing vintage modern contest. Hop over there and vote for your favorite frock!