4/22/2014

Lace is so Ubiquitous Now...

its no longer just for formal events... it's worn for various occasions, day, night, cocktail, office and casually. Take a lace sheath dress and its every woman's must have, its versatile, chic, flattering, exudes femininity and so ladylike.

Wanting to be a part of the masses, I had to have a lace dress and in comes Butterick 5672.  It's a close-fitting lined dress with left pleats, invisible zipper and with sleeves or sleeveless options.  However, instead of using the actual dress pattern pieces, I use the lining pieces (noted here), which consist of the front & back bodice, front skirt which I traced off  for the back as well.  The lining pieces have become a tnt, (made here, here & here)  the fit is right on point, the bust, waist and back darts afford me shaping.  In addition, I included neckline darts as well and love that I can just whip it out and make a dress without worrying about fitting issues.



Despite the pattern fabric suggestion calling for a moderate stretch knit, I proceeded with lace and to play it safe I added a 1/2" to the seams.   The lace fabric was a gift from my dear friend Alethia a few years ago.  At the time I received the fabric, I remember being gun-ho about making a lace dress, but just never got around to it.  As mentioned earlier with lace dresses cropping up everywhere I knew the time was now.
  Thank You Alethia!!!


The shell of the dress went together effortlessly, I serged the seams

For the back bodice, I used a black stretch polyester and an exposed zipper using Colleen's technique.

For the lining I used a lt. grey lightweight knit.


I serged the lining to the neckline and followed up with a final stitch.  Hand stitched the lining to the zipper tape.  After another try on I realized that I'd forgotten to trim the bulk from the darts using Colleen's technique.


During the cutting process, I decided that I would use the selvidge edge for the skirt hem, which did not require any hemming... yeah !!!



Did a basic hem for the lining, just serged and folded to the inside and followed with a final stitch.  For the armholes, I basted the lace and lining together, serged and flipped to the inside and final stitched.

Can I tell you......... this dress is my lace dream.. simple, perfect and paired with Sheilaz Scissorhands haircut.. priceless.....


I can rock it day or night, for cocktails and casually with a jean jacket & sandals.



Of course, this is the office ensemble with a cream/beige snake print blazer... eclectic anyone.



After this... I think one more is needed... and I have the perfect coral lace...


Until then...


Have a Great Week.














32 comments:

Dei said...

This dress is sheer perfection!

Lori said...

Sheila, this dress is gorgeous

Positively Necie said...

Absolutely beautiful. I was thinking about lace fabric today. I have black brown Burgundy green, blue and white, all lace and as soon as I am back home I will make one of the aforementioned colors.

Omega said...

Beautiful dress Sheila, you're giving me inspiration for some lace I have. Love it, you look awesome!

Sheila said...

Thank you Dei.

Sheila said...

Thank you Lori.

Sheila said...

Thank you Necie. Looking forward to your dress.

Sheila said...

Thank you Omega. Glad I was able to inspire you.

Patty said...

WOW!! I love this dress! and thanks for sharing your construction details. I always learn something new reading your posts :-)

Linda T said...

You hit the jackpot with this one! So pretty!

Sheila said...

Thank you Linda T.

Cennetta said...

Girl, you are rocking that dress! This is a great pattern.

c-ing said...

The gray lining really enhances the texture of the lace. The peep of unlined lace at the hem gives it the appearance of a border.

Sheila said...

Thank you Cennetta.

Sheila said...

Hi Syl and thank you.

Sheila said...

Thanks Patty.

Faye Lewis said...

Beautiful dress Sheila!

Pam said...

Love your lace dress! You might have given me the inspiration to work on one for my next project!

Sheila said...

Hi Ms. Faye and thank you.

Sheila said...

Thank you Pam and definitely do it.

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

Absolutely beautiful dress. Love the fit and the styling. Maybe I commission you to make one for me. LOL

Adriennes Essentials said...

This is sooooooon pretty!!!!

Sheila said...

Thank you Rachelle.

Sheila said...

Thank you Adrienne.

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Oh Sheila ! Perfection again and they look so nice on you. I've worn lace in my everyday wardrobe for decades. You are right, many saved it for special occasions but not me. From a lace inset on a tank top to a full out lace shell worn with a camisole... Lace has always been my best friend. Love your dresses though and that pink one ! Oh my !

Sheila said...

Thank you Carolyn.

Kelroc said...

You did such a great job. The fit is spot and I like how you styled it with the cream jacket. The pink lace will be fab as another sheath.

Sheila said...

Thank you Kelroc.

cleverblonde said...

I am in awe of you. The dress is top quality and suits you perfectly.

Sheila said...

Thank you Cleverblonde.

Terri Berry said...

I'm in somewhat of a lace mood. This is just fabulous! The styling possibilities seem endless the way you've got is started here! This dress is gorgeous inside and out! Love it!

Yah Suah said...

You've done a great job. I love the mix with the solid and lace. Keep up the great work. Ps.... I love the studio.

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