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……