Added Nov 12, 2011
December is such a busy time for everyone so this year we had an early Christmas party…at Longrain!
Of course the past few weeks have been all about sewing a party frock for the occasion. I bought a remnant of the lace called ‘I Spy Navy’ from Tessuti, i’d been eyeing it off for some time and pounced on it before it hit the remnant table. I then spent a lot of hours looking at pretty pictures of lace dresses on Pinterest and came across this one and i fell in frock love!
Patterns were spread out and searched through and i came up with the following mash up of patterns. The bodice of the Burdatyle strapless teadress with the shape slightly altered and the front piece of the BurdaStyle Marie skirt. I moved the pleats and added an extra one. The back of the skirt is straight.
Of course mixing patterns meant i needed to make a muslin and i’m so glad i did, there were some fitting alterations needed in the bodice.
I used a cotton/elastane under the lace (Barbados Oregano also from Tessuti) and cut and sewed both fabrics as one. The dress is lined in a navy viscose (from the Fabric Store) and trimmed with a navy silk organza at the hem. The bodice is boned and i added a waist stay (which i had to undo towards the end of the meal) and i added inseam pockets.
I’m incredibly pleased with how it turned out! Don’t you just love it when a plan works and everything comes together just as it should?
cotton/elastane, cotton lace, viscose, silk organza
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