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White lace pocket dress

Added Dec 21, 2011

by ThomasLeeDes...

Olcott, New York...






This past october I was lucky enough to be one of the featured designers for Mercedes Benz of Buffalo Fashion Week 2011. I showed at The Mansion on Deleware, a beautiful and classy building that set a theame for the event… High end. They wanted the show to be bold, high fashion based designs, that told a story and spoke of my inspiration well.

I had 2 inspirations, both a bit diffrent, but in them I gave birth to my collection. Romeo and Juliet & The song “Black Bird”. I pulled the idea of freedom, love and passion from both inspirations, the idea of being free but struggling to be so… Free to love, free to leave, free to express. So I took that thought and pulled a mix of lace,satin,tweed,wool,feathers and hand beading into my sewing room… The next few of my projects I post will be from this collection, I hope you enjoy!

Todays project I’m posting is from my MBBFW collection as well, it’s a beautiful lace dress. Made of vintage white lace (almost sure it’s meant to be curtains but I loved it for this design!!). I purchased the lace from an estate sale! Come on, how could I pass up around 20 yards fo white lace with such an interesting pattern? It took around 6 yards to do the bust, it’s a box pleated detail, sewn into place!! I know it’s not a huge detail at all, but it really makes hte dress special when you see it in person, to see the amount of work/time that went into it! I also used a light pale pink/peach thread, it adds a little color up close, but you really don’t ever see it. It’s more for my personal enjoyment that i did so! LOL!!
The dress has an almost 40’s shape, with a gahtered waistline that actually falls right above your natural waist, and falls to the knee or just above/below depending on your height!

As an extra suprise, I added pockets! They are hidden from view, and match the white silk lining i used. It’s just a cute little detail I added to make this design even more special!!

Material Notes

Vintage lace, silk lining, pink/peahc thread, white metal zipper




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Other, Romantic, Vintage
Lace/Sequins, Other, Silk



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    Dec 24, 2011, 12.17 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    wower than wow! i love love love it!

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    Dec 23, 2011, 12.34 AMby ArtNinja14

    Sooo beautiful!!!

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    Dec 22, 2011, 09.59 PMby Mari Np

    The bust is gorgeous, nice work!

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      Dec 23, 2011, 12.18 AMby ThomasLeeDesigns

      Thank you! It was my first time doing box pleats and sewing them down like that on a bust. I’ve only ever done them on a skirt/dresses bottom half, but I really loved the look, and thought it added a nice touch to the design overall! Many thanks !! :)

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