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„Haute Couture“ Lace & Goodbye to Summer

Added Sep 26, 2013

by cris orange

Vienna, Austria






I bought this lace in february from an elder lady who was dissolving her business (bridal gowns) and was selling some remnants. She told me this was a precious „Vorarlberger Lace“, made in Vorarlberg (a region of Austria) from pure cotton.

For a long time, I didn´t dare to touch this wonderful lace, but in august it was so far:
I picked the Vogue Pattern V1183 by Kay Unger,
which I modified correpnding to my vision: the neckline became a pointy V, the back became free (I just left away the middle part of the pattern), the zipper migrated on the side and on the bottom came a stiff flounce, that I designed myself – for the first time I also made a hand drawing.

I tried several colours as underlay for the lace and two of them pleased me most: coral and light blue. Because I couldn´t decide for one, I took both.

I sewed the complete dress including lining – well, my hubby was glowing fort he colours!
When I showed him the lace coming over the dress, he wrinkled his nose :-)

However, full of doubts I hand sewed the lace – I wanted to see this dress like I imaginated it! It cost me 3 days of handwork – my hubby asked me on and off: „what, you still didn´t finished it?“ and I answered him: „well, my dear, this is „haute couture“ handworking“ :-) (have I said that I don´t like hand sewing? I´d rather do everything by machine, it´s much faster)

Instead of darts (that waren´t possible because the lace being thick), I just cut away some butterflies – in the result you don´t see it anymore, only if you know it and look very carefully.

Well, at the end, after all doubts, I think I like the result – fortunately!

This was the last piece of sommer dresses this year – now I look forward (!!!) to winter and I can´t wait sewing coats and jackets :-)

Material Notes

Vorarlberger Cotton Lace, Cotton Satin with Lycra, Lining: Pong




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Bridal, Classic, Evening Wear
Cotton, Lace/Sequins

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    Apr 29, 2014, 09.43 AMby Samsahota

    This is a absolutely beautiful dress, one of the best I have seen!. So well made. I love it

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      Apr 29, 2014, 11.57 AMby cris orange

      OMG, thank you for this big compliment!!!

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    Oct 4, 2013, 01.57 PMby yenny lee

    This is lovely :D

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    Sep 29, 2013, 04.55 AMby Masha999

    Your dress just blew my mind!!! All day today I keep thinking about it and going back to look at it!!! I love everything about it: color combination, lace, shape! It looks like something from runway! I can’t believe you have been sewing for relatively short time! You are an artist! Really great work! I think this dress is my favorite!

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      Sep 29, 2013, 08.35 AMby cris orange

      Hi Masha! thank you, I´m very happy you like my dress so much :-) “short time” is good, it took me anyway almost 2 weeks for the whole thing… basically, is not such difficult but is just much work. A little tip if you want to work with lace: you have to cut the lace following the pattern, and then sew it together again. It helps also if you have a dress form (I hadn´t) so it´s easier to pin the lace over the dress.

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    Sep 28, 2013, 06.56 AMby pambox

    Wow, this is just gorgeous – all your work was very worth it!

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    Sep 27, 2013, 06.11 PMby papermothballvintage

    Absolutely stunning! The lace placement and the colors, everything! One of my favorites and so well done! Gorgeous :)

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      Sep 27, 2013, 06.22 PMby cris orange

      thank you so much, I´m really happy you like it!

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    Sep 27, 2013, 04.57 PMby Moimisie

    Hi Cris, your dress is gorgeous! I find the color combination very daring ( I don’t know if I would’ve had the guts!) but it works great for you…. I think both the version with and without the lace has its pros. Without the lace you can better see the v-neck and the details of the dress. But on the other hand the lace is very pretty and does add a little something to the dress. Congratulations!

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      Sep 27, 2013, 05.08 PMby cris orange

      Hi Moimisie! yes, the coulours are daring for me too, but I think in fashion is important to leave the comfort zone and dare new things. No risk no fun! I think you are right that both versions have their pros, so I really think to make a dress without lace, so one can better see the V-neck and the free back (well, my hubby loved those details :-))

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      Sep 27, 2013, 05.12 PMby Moimisie

      Your right…. you have to step out of your comfort zone… like you I’m just now starting to do that… I’t a very liberating feeling to deviate from the pattern ;))

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    Sep 27, 2013, 04.00 PMby step-van-b

    Your dress is stunning! I love both versions. The changes you made on the pattern are perfect. I would love to own the plain dress.

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      Sep 27, 2013, 04.10 PMby cris orange

      oh, thank you so much! this is my most creative project until now. Before I didn´t dare to change anything in a pattern… but now I see it´s funny!

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    Sep 27, 2013, 12.58 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Fantastic! Very, very stylish! :-)

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      Sep 27, 2013, 01.08 PMby cris orange

      thank you Ellen :-)

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    Sep 27, 2013, 12.10 PMby GeorgieT74

    Your workmanship is impeccable. I agree with your husband though; I prefer it without the lace.

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      Sep 27, 2013, 12.40 PMby cris orange

      ok, then I really must make another one without lace :)

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    Sep 27, 2013, 10.33 AMby mixtlii

    Woah! This dress is incredible! Without the lace, it is already very original and very chic, and with the lace it is perfectly “haute couture” ! Congratulations!

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      Sep 27, 2013, 11.33 AMby cris orange

      Thank you very much! Anyway, it seems my hubby wasn’t so wrong… Maybe I really make another version of this dress without lace.

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    Sep 27, 2013, 08.11 AMby liliv-1

    Wow chris!!! Stunning!! You are an artist!!

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    Sep 27, 2013, 08.11 AMby liliv-1

    Wow chris!!! Stunning!! You are an artist!!

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      Sep 27, 2013, 08.20 AMby cris orange

      thank you so much liliv!

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    Sep 27, 2013, 05.27 AMby Mary Athey

    I’m glad i’m to first to go wow!!= cris. This is a stunning piece of work. I would love to own this. You sew so beautifully and have created a dress that would grace any catwalk. I don’t know if you have seen the latest victoria beckham big hideous sack dress?? Well it was such an ugly dress she could’nt even pull it of.your dress now reminds me of the golden days of style. Sophia loren brigid bardot etc would’ve worn this. The dress was gorgeous before the lace as well. Bravo cris you look amazing x

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      Sep 27, 2013, 08.17 AMby cris orange

      dear Mary, thank you so much! I´m really glad you like it, because my hubby made me so insecure and at the end said the first version without lace was better… Well, VB indeed I adore her, I love her collections (so cool!) and I also find she´s a nice person. It is amazing how she made a fashion brand within a few years… her collections are sometimes surprising and are not always my taste, but she has her own style and I find this good :)

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      Sep 27, 2013, 10.19 AMby Mary Athey

      I love victoria beckhams dresses as well. They are normally so gorgeous but the blue one she wore was just awful lol, her fitted dresses are fabulous. X

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