Added Jan 10, 2010
Brooklyn, New Yo...
One would think I’d have someone actually TAKE a picture of me in the darn thing, but no…. too busy flapping my gab. Anyway, I think the lace-over-sized-pete-as-dress phenomenon is official. I know when I’ve seen enough of a good idea and gotta follow suit.
I had this fabric in my stash forever. It either came from the dollar table at a Super Walmart, or a Joann’s fabric. It’s some sort of nylon knit lace and it reminded me of Missoni and was wicked cheap so I bought a bunch of it thinking I would make a dress someday. Then when I finally got my serger (and my life was forever changed!) the Pete-as-dress idea moved right to the top of the list. I cut out the XL on the cross grain, with the hems on the selvage edges. I sewed all the major seams in something like 10 minutes! I used stay tape at the shoulder seams for stability. Then, I lowered the front neckline to be about 9" from the High Point Shoulder (HPS) and cut some black knit jersey (scrap from my Lydia t-shirt) on the bias and applied it as a neck band. I also added stay tape at the back of the neckline for more stability. I didn’t bother to topstitch it because the seam allow flips up on it’s own towards the neck band, which is good because it would show if it lay down towards the lace.
One other modification I would consider (but probably won’t do because I’m lazy and past it) is to add some shaping at the waist. I have large assets (ahem) and I was a bit concerned about this looking too sack like on me.
Mystery lace knit, black cotton jersey, black thread.
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