Added Jun 26, 2011
I made this little number for Christmas Eve 2010, and I’m just posting it! I’m now 22 weeks pregnant so can no longer wear it, and there don’t seem to be many good picture of me from that evening. But I am totally smitten with this little frock, so I didn’t want to wait until I can zip it up to post it! So you’ll see it on my lovely dress form, which clashes rather horribly with the color of the dress. ;-)
I used Kwik Sew 3521. The pattern picture looks dreary at best, but this is really a good pattern for a classic little dress. This dress is my fourth from this pattern, though it’s the only one made by me. This pattern is the perfect simple shape for my body type, allowing for lots of freedom in the fabric and embellishment departments.
I had been ogling lace dresses for a while, and had my heart set on one for the holidays. I chose a mauve and black floral lace for the overlay, and used a lovely taupe silk dupioni for the underlayer. I expected the lace to be difficult but it was actually very easy to work with. Although that would probably change with a more difficult pattern. I used french seams throughout, except for the gathered waistline where I serged instead. I hand picked the zipper, which on a lace dress is completely invisible. I didn’t hem the lace, but instead trimmed around the pattern. I just used a little black satin from my stash for a sash. I decided to go for a short one, I think the little tails are so cute, and a bit more modern then a big bow or long tails in the back.
lightweight silk dupioni and a poly lace. Silk thread.
Sewing & Techniques
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