January 13, 2013
|~ Navy Lace Dress
My inspiration was Shabby Apple's I'm Late! I'm Late! dress and other navy lace dresses I saw on Pinterest:
I ordered my stretch lace from Fabrics World USA after getting a free sample. It was well worth ordering. I love how it looks, although it is really clingy to itself. I bought 3 yards and had barely enough.
McCall's 3129) for the broadcloth underlayer, with a little fitting and changing of the neckline.
For the skirt, I used Butterick 3134 for the underlayer and a 3/4 circle pattern for the outer layer.
sleeve pattern I drafted years ago (like 2009 ago) and adjusted the curve of the top of the sleeve pattern to fit my bodice. It went together like a dream, and I was so thankful.
new taupe shoes I decided I needed a matching belt, and oddly found this one in the back of my closet- I had picked it up at a thrift store and forgotten about it. :P
So, there ya go, my navy lace dress! It was worth the time and money (about $40 for fabric) to create something that I know will be a go-to for events and church for years to come. After I'm done a project like this that I'd been putting off for a while, I think, "Now, why didn't I do this before? I have an awesome item now that makes life easier, and only had to suffer a little to get it!" ha. :D
Advice if you want to make one: get a dress form, and double check everything. Lace is super hard to rip seams out of. :P Also, don't rush. I tried to and quickly realized that was not gonna fly. So, I slowed down and it was so worth it. :)