I showed you a sneak peek last Friday....and lucklily I finished up the dress early in the weekend and Hannie and I did a fun photoshoot on Saturday afternoon. She was all for getting her hair done, some pink lip gloss and a 15 minute cold photoshoot (not her usual self). And she was a trooper! (I think the pink lip gloss helped her spirits a bit ;)
The inspiration for this dress is a dress my mom wore in a wedding when she was in college (late 60's -- sorry mom for dating you ;) that my sister and I used to play dress up in. Her dress was a lace bodice and a chocolate brown velvet A-line skirt with a large burnt orage ribbon that tied around the middle.
And I have been dying to make a lace bodice dress (I almost made one when we competed in Project Run and Play), so I was happy to be able to finally get to make one on this dress.
The best part of this dress is that it IS vintage lace, that I bought at a Church Rummage sale late last summer for 50 cents, and there are still a couple of yards of it left. The bottom is a grey-blue satin that I have had in my stash forever. And while I wanted to use that bridesmaid dress as inspiration, I did want it to still feel girly and young and modern. So, I added a gathered skirt instead of an A-line skirt and a much smaller ribbon to just give a hint of color. I also made a bodice with a slight boat neck and lined the whole dress, except for the fitted sleeves, which I finished so they would be pretty from the inside too!
The back has an invisible zipper and I still need to sew the hook and eye on the top (hence the bit of wonky at the top--I was trying to match the lines of the lace). But I can do that this week while decompressing in front of my nightly shows (Downton Abbey this week).
This dress took me a while to sew, much longer than past projects, but it was well worth the efforts (and the unpicking--I kept making the DUMBEST mistakes on this dress....like gathering and sewing the whole skirt on backwards....DUH! That was a massive unpicking session. Whew.)
But seeing my cute girl in vintage lace...is so well worth it!
I can't wait to see all of your signature looks......