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Blue Skies Smiling at Me

Added Apr 14, 2010

by laugh434

Monroeville, Uni...






When my sister and I were little, every year my mother would make a brand new Easter dress for herself, my sister and me. I challenged myself this year to make my own dress for Easter. Very soon after that decision, I fell in love with some light blue lace fabric and found a wonderful and seemingly simple vintage dress pattern Etsy. It was perfect!

The whole dress came together in about a week’s time. I had a lot of trouble with the bodice because – although the pattern professed to be my exact waist and bust measurements – the bust ended up being way too huge. I ended up taking it in a lot on the sides, adding a seam down the back, and trimming a lot of fabric away from the arm holes so that I could still fit my arms through it. I’m not completely satisfied with the fit, but it’s as close as it’s getting! This was my first experience with bias binding, and boy do I need more practice. I machine-stitched it on the outside and hand-stitched it to the inside. One other change I made was to only use two panels in the skirt rather than three, since I didn’t have enough material.

Material Notes

I had stopped to look at that blue lace half a dozen times at the fabric store. It was $2 a yard, I don’t know why I ever hesitated in the first place!

I found light blue cotton lining and bias binding tape to match.




Garment Type
Classic, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Lace/Sequins

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    Feb 17, 2012, 09.47 PMby LouisaLoves

    The lace really sets the 50’s theme of the dress off. It’s beautiful and the fit looks good on you!

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    Apr 18, 2010, 01.02 PMby Peter Lappin

    Cute dress and wonderful photos!

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    Apr 18, 2010, 01.36 AMby poppy77

    I love this dress. You did a great job. My mother used to make us all matching outfits, too, and since I was the younger sister, I also wore the hand-me-downs. I didn’t really appreciate all the effort she put into it.

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    Apr 17, 2010, 12.18 PMby tallykay

    great job on the pictures! You look awesome

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    Apr 17, 2010, 05.22 AMby sewgurlwmu

    LOOOOOOOOOOOVE! So beautiful and your pictures are great!

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    Apr 16, 2010, 10.23 PMby thehouseofhearts

    This dress is amazing! I am not a big lace person but I just bought lace fabric just like this cause it was $2 a yard and well I knew I would use it sometime. You look stunning in it! Thanks for the inspiration to use lace :)

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    Apr 16, 2010, 07.43 PMby laugh434

    Thank you for all of the wonderful comments! It’s very encouraging :)

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    Apr 16, 2010, 03.35 PMby hannnc

    this is soooo pretty! i also love the accessories you chose.. nude heels, gloves, fascinator, pearls.. really sweet!

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    Apr 16, 2010, 05.12 AMby dilshadburman

    So so SO pretty! I love the vintage look and the blue lace is just dreamy! Good job!

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    Apr 16, 2010, 03.25 AMby keren

    and how could I forget to say that your cat is beautiful! He has that innocent look in that photo! So cute and lovable!!!

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    Apr 15, 2010, 11.14 PMby kristenpage

    Really a beautiful dress!! I want to have one!! can you upload the pattern??

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    Apr 15, 2010, 08.50 PMby cayetanca

    It’s just lovely!

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    Apr 15, 2010, 08.38 PMby frkbustad

    Gorgeous! And lovely pictures! The fit doesn’t look too bad, I would say, but knowing how obsessed I am with fit myself, I guess you’d be the one to decide ;)

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    Apr 15, 2010, 08.36 PMby frankiesoup

    Lovely, lovely dress!

    You have a beautiful cat too – they make the best props for photo shoots! :D

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    Apr 15, 2010, 05.17 PMby laceumbrella

    This is gorgeous. Blue dresses are the best!

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    Apr 15, 2010, 05.08 PMby seussian

    Pretty! Lovely vintage feel! :) God bless

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    Apr 15, 2010, 03.18 PMby sunnilj9

    It looks darling on you! I love the lace! Great idea and beautiful Easter dress!

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    Apr 15, 2010, 12.45 PMby rogue-cellist

    It’s gorgeous- well done! I’ve been looking at a couple of vintage reproduction patterns and I think you’ve inspired me to take the plunge.

    Your styling and photography is fantastic- you must have a willing helper there :-)

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    Apr 15, 2010, 12.27 PMby keren

    I love the dress! I love the vintage style and the final result! It looks great on you. Sorry to hear it gave you so much trouble! Where did you get those gloves, veil, suitcase, shoes…? They are very nostalgic and pretty…! BTW I keep my cats out of the sewing room – they eat threads and sit on pins and cause general havoc.

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      Apr 15, 2010, 10.39 PMby laugh434

      Thank you!
      The gloves and suitcase were from a thrift shop, veil (and hat) from Etsy.com, and the shoes from JCPenney :)

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    Apr 15, 2010, 10.51 AMby Geeky Seamstress

    This is one of the most beautiful dresses, also excellently styled and photographed, well done, excellent work.

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    Apr 15, 2010, 09.00 AMby lucaltd

    I know what you mean about the trouble with vintage patterns – i always have trouble with them, but this dress looks beautiful, I am so impressed!

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    Apr 15, 2010, 08.08 AMby emilie6709

    Soooooooo very pretty. The fabric you picked is perfect for the vintage pattern. I absolutely love it!

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    Apr 15, 2010, 07.36 AMby micbrown

    Beautiful! – I so want a lace dress. Great job. In regards to the bias tape – I have a bias foot for my machine but have not yet used it. There is video of it in use at this site www.sewingmachine-sales.co.uk/sewing…/bias-binder.html – This may be of use to you in future.

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    Apr 15, 2010, 07.16 AMby elegant-impressions

    Adorable! :-) Love your pics!

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    Apr 15, 2010, 01.53 AMby d3liriums4m4

    This dress is fantastic! good job! Also, aren’t cats just the best accessories? But that veil is pretty fantastic, too. _

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      Apr 15, 2010, 04.20 AMby laugh434

      Yeah, I figured Bob the cat causes enough trouble while I’m trying to sew, he should at least pose for pictures!

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    Apr 15, 2010, 12.40 AMby bbug59

    Beautiful – love the fabric and it’s color. You did a great job!

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    Apr 14, 2010, 11.50 PMby Jodi Wade

    I love the photos! And such a pretty dress! You make me want a lace dress :)

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