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White Lace Dress

Added Apr 5, 2011

by sweetiepieba...

Chicago, Illinoi...






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More than inspired, really, but I’m not fond of the term knock-off; it sounds so tacky…

When I first saw this dress on ModCloth I was in love. Super cute, right? It’s white and black and can be worn through many seasons, leggings, black tights (i.e. zoe style), etc. I loved it so much I planned on buying it, initially.

Then one day, I was cruising JoAnns with a 40% coupon to burn because I couldn’t get anything since it was just one of those times that everything was on sale. I saw the bolts of lace and was immediately reminded of this dress.

To construct the dress I followed Simplicity 2444.

Now, looking at the cover of the dress, it looks nothing like this dress I made. The dress on the model is so baggy I can’t believe it. I actually thought there was some sort of gathering or something going on…Anyhow, I measured my size and went with it.

I cut the lace as directed by the pattern. I then cut the black lining the same as the lace. It’s essentially a dress under a dress. Making a standard lining would have place the pieces wrong sides together, but that would have shown through the lace. Instead, I just placed both with right sides up. For the bodice, instead of having the black go all the way to the shoulders, I folded it in half and free handed the top hoping it would work out. I sewed the top of the black bodice to the lace bodice. I also basted the lace to the black on all bodice pieces. For the skirt, I attached the waist only, leaving the sides open. I wanted to attach the sides and back of each skirt separately so that it moved more freely. I hope that makes sense; I’m sorry I don’t have photos of the step-by-step.

I did modify the back of this pattern a lot. The inspiration dress had a button closure which I thought was divine. I’d never modified a zip to button closure so was very nervous about this part. I left the skirt zip up to the waist, then had the buttons on the bodice back only.

In the end, this turned out to be my favorite dress I’ve made so far! I wore it twice in the first week I made it. So, I’m glad that I challenged myself and made this dress. I’m sure I love it much more because of it!




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Cotton, Lace/Sequins

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    Apr 7, 2011, 02.23 AMby squiddlepop

    That is such a cute dress. I especially love the buttons at the back and the big bow! :)

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    Apr 6, 2011, 07.28 PMby dixiediy

    this looks so great on you and i love how the black just peeps out through the lace and I love the thick tie belt!

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    Apr 6, 2011, 07.27 PMby dixiediy

    this looks so great on you and i love how the black just peeps out through the lace and I love the thick tie belt!

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    Apr 6, 2011, 02.12 PMby tamezdc

    Very cute dress!! Lovely fabric combination.

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    Apr 6, 2011, 10.48 AMby Priscilla Folley

    I am very impressed. The final look of your dress is so sweet and so well made and so…. spot-on! That means the changes you made were absolutely perfect and that you made some excellent calls. I would love to be able to make a dress like this, but I suppose I have to go through some serious sewing lessons first. Maybe some day. If you ever decide to make another one and post step-by-step photos or make a sew along, please let us all know. (Other than that your description of the dress under a dress was pretty clear) =)

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    Apr 6, 2011, 04.49 AMby pambox

    great work! i just used that same pattern for my latest dress, too – really versatile and adaptable.

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    Apr 6, 2011, 12.25 AMby lili123

    super cute, i love it, i want my lace dress too.

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    Apr 5, 2011, 09.49 PMby tashmopolitan

    greAT job! It looks awesome on you!

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    Apr 5, 2011, 09.24 PMby peaches2218

    This is really lovely.

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    Apr 5, 2011, 09.05 PMby leslie

    What a great dress! Love the buttons up the back—

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