|Posted on April 6, 2013 at 7:35 PM|
With a long flowing skirt, in two layers of sheer pastel blue fabric, with floating sleeves and a lace trimmed bodice, this dress is soft, feminine and romantic.
I've had the idea for this dress in my head for several years. I wanted to use one of my favorite dress patterns, Simplicity #5591, and put this lace criss-cross over the seams of the bodice.
Why am I finally getting around to making it now? Two factors, I now have a dress form (DIY) and I received an invitation to an afternoon Spring wedding.
I've had my dress form for almost a year now. Although it has come in quite handy, this is the first project I felt she was indispensable for. After partially sewing the dress together, I put it on the dress form so I could pin the lace to the dress. I pinned in small pleats to conform to the curves. Then, I hand basted the lace.
I made samples to audition different thread colors to apply the lace. I went with blue. I used my machine's satin stitch to permanently attach the lace. This took a while with two scalloped edges running down the length of the lace. Around the neck line, I cut away the fabric right up to the lace.
Then, my pleats had to be sewn down by hand.
The bodice and skirt are self-lined. I thought that if I made the under skirt and inch or so longer than the over skirt, it would contribute to the flowing look of the dress.
This dress was a little labor intensive and took a lot of time to plan out. Even though it is not perfect, the inside is "ugly", and there are little puckers here and there, it was worth it to see this project finally come to life.
I did complete the dress with time to spare. Disappointingly, a few days before the wedding it became apparent that the weather was turning very cold and wet, possibly snow and sleet. I had to wear, or should I say sew, something else; more about that later.