Added Nov 1, 2011
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This dress is just so stratospherically flattering and magical that I couldn’t resist making a summer version in pale pink and grey lace, even though it meant hours of hand basting the lace onto the knit during our French road trip. And then once I was home, fusing metres upon metres of vilene bias tape to the various curved seams so they wouldn’t ripple during wear.
All this before I even constructed a single seam, but you know what – it was totally worth it.
Even though the fabrics took a bunch of extra prepping, at least this time around my pattern was already exactly the way I wanted it! You can read all about the pattern alterations I made to “un-petite” this pattern back when I did them for the winter version. And as before, I also shortened the hem so this falls above the knee, my preferred length.
I was just reading in a fashion magazine this morning that instead of the usual “little black dress”, this season it’s all about “the little lace dress”! It appears I’m colliding with the catwalks, and for much less than the thousand pounds the magazine’s example dresses cost! In fact, the grey lace cost me €10 (and I’ve got a bunch leftover, too) when I bought it in Paris last summer, and the pink viscose jersey was £10 total from Ditto (and as you’d expect from them, it’s beautifully soft and supple). Ha!
I once again assert that this pattern is magical – not only does it do wonders for my figure, but it made the sun shine so warmly that I didn’t need tights! So yes, ladies, this dress is shown without any added influence of tights sucking me in, too!
Grey stretch lace from Paris and pale pink viscose jersey from Ditto Fabrics
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