Added Mar 12, 2011
San Francisco, C...
Well I wanted to make a top with a nice lace overlay so I chose some lace from the internet….but when it arrived what I had assumed to be a small floral repeat turned out to be rather a large floral repeat and being petite it would overwhelm me as a top…..hum!
However next day an invite to a Mad Men party arrived. Ah ha! a new use for the lace – a 60’s lace overlay shift more suitable to the larger repeat.
This is the BurdaStyle Fatina pattern without the collar, with a slightly raised neckline, and widened at the shoulders for a more 60s Mod feel. I also added back darts, and for the first time ever made a muslin, which helped imensly with fitting – I did not want to work out fit with lace overlay and wanted to get the length right so I could position the scallops at the bottom of the hem correctly when cutting my lace fabric.
Biggest challenge was that I only had 1 yard of the lace so some creative piecing together of parts had to be undertaken – the dress back is made in 3 parts with seams at the yoke and hips (and if you look carefully one of those panels had to be cut upside down) – I literally had just scraps of fabric left after cutting out.
The lace is over and attached to a stretch charmeuse under layer – working that out was interesting. I think what I did worked OK, certainly for a one off party piece….
…..but right about when I’d finished I found Sherrys wonderful Emerald Dress and FABULOUS instructions at her blog Pattern – Scissors – Cloth – if you want to make a lace overlay anything – read her blog post first ……Shows you how to underline your fabric, lace in my case – something I’d never heard of but realized the benefits of after having muddled my way through without an underlining. It basically allows you to treat the lace and underlay as one piece of fabric and boy do I wish I’d found her blog first!
Anyway dress was a hit and I think I managed to carry off a 60’s-esq look – thanks to shangrow for pointing me to the hair tutorial via her lovely Grace Kelly Halloween ensemble. I am wearing more hairspray here than I have in the previous 10 years!
and lastly but not by any means least thanks to Angela Kane for her excellent invisible zip videos – first invisible zip went in first time with her great and clear instructions!!
Green lace over purple stretch poly satin charmeuse
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