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This is my Ivory lace shirt dress which I made for the Tessuti Fabrics Cut Out Lace Sewing Competition. Unfortunately, I didn’t win a prize but I have ended up with a nice dress. Bonus!!

I had to create an outfit that showcased the lace purchased from Tessuti. The fabric looks lovely but pulls and frays easily, so I had to take great care when sewing.

I just love shirt dresses and I’d seen a few on Pinterest that I l really liked. In particular one by Chloe which was on the runway in 2015. I used Simplicity pattern 8014 which has four versions of a shirt dress. I wanted long sleeves like the Chloe design and I wanted it to be a mini length. I chose version D but added the long sleeves of version A which has a tab so you can roll the sleeves up. I had to square off the hem so that the lace border could feature on the hem.

You can read the fully story on my blog Nine Stitches

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