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Spring Sidonie

Added Mar 17, 2008

by Lauren Fortgang

Brooklyn, New Yo...






My version of the Sidonie is meant to offer a peek into spring! I lengthened the pattern by about 4 inches and gave it the slight illusion of a pencil skirt by bringing in the hemline 1.5-2in on either side. I did not line the skirt as it really didn’t need it, but I used french seams to give a more finished look. I had been given bags and bags of antique lace from an aunt who has loads of vintage knickknacks and knows I love to sew. I used several different ‘how to’ techniques (found here on Burdastyle) to apply the ruffles. I tried to make each layer a little different from the previous, in terms of both fabric/lace and ruffle style. I would have liked to get a tuxedo ruffle on there, but it just never gave the effect I wanted. I simply banded the uppermost layer as it helped to give the ruffles somewhere to ‘spring’ from and also because that particular piece of lace was so beautiful and delicate, I wanted to show it off! My hope was to have a skirt that could feel fun and flirty paired with a tank top and flip flops for brunch or be sophisticated enough for a nice summer dinner at some adorable outdoor candlelit table!

I wanted the piecey look to the ruffles but didn’t want it to look too ‘Little House on the Praire’, but rather have a vintage feel…more Anthropologie. I had to try lots of combos of lace, but the trick seemed to be in selecting muted tones, and also avoiding eyelet. I did put some eyelet on, but mostly covered it with a much more vintage looking lace. I left a peek of it, though, as a border.

I love how it turned out and can’t wait for it to get warm enough to wear it!!

Material Notes

damask fabric, antique lace





My aunt for the lace! Burdastyle for the challenge and the pattern! My cat, who was tragically unhelpful but managed to sneak into one of the pics.

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    Mar 17, 2008, 02.56 PMby sewextreme

    How lovely and romantic looking this is! Thanks for showing details on the workmanship. You have done a fine job.

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    Mar 17, 2008, 12.24 PMby Lauren Fortgang

    I’ve been having a lot of trouble with adding images (then adding too many and not being able to delete them) and so I’m so sorry for having uploaded this creation so many times!! I actually erased my last two uploads after trying to delete just the one extra.

    Subsequently, I also deleted the wonderful comments along with the creations but I so appreciate your feedback (and am sorry I lost it)… Thank you!

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