Hi! Welcome to the blogging world of me, Bec. Thanks for dropping by and seeing what I get up to.
I live in a beachside suburb of Sydney and I am a bit obsessed with sewing.
I used New Look 6968 for the bodice and skirt. I wanted to use a bodice that didn’t have princess seams but was instead shaped by darts. The lace I had bought was very hole-y so the less seams the better. I used the bodice and skirt bottom of this pattern for the lace dress. The skirt pattern was effectively a pencil skirt with front and back darts. This pattern also had a good high neckline so it fitted the bill for that also. I used the bodice from Simplicity 4070 for the strapless top of the lining as I wanted something with princess seams so I could add boning, and I also wanted a bodice with a slight sweet heart neckline. I added the encased boning to the front, back and side of the bodice to ensure it really did stay on. I sewed it onto the seams of the inside lining which was made from black stretch satin as was the rest of the lining dress.
For the sleeves I used Vogue 8766. It was an interesting sleeve design as it had 3 small darts on the top of the sleeve or what the pattern called a ‘pleated sleeve cap’. I was a bit uncertain with it, but when I sewed the darts after I tried it on, it did make the lace fit snug on the arms which is what you need for a fitted dress. I ended up cutting the sleeves a little shorter so they ended up finishing just before my elbow.
I had a think about how I would finish the sleeves and neckline and took a gamble on using a stretch trim I bought at the local habby shop. It looked a bit like the kind of stretch elastic you might find for bra making although this one had more stretch so I factored that in when I sewed it on. I cut the pieces of elastic trim after measuring it around my arm and judged how tight I wanted it to be. I then pinned it onto my sleeve at a few points around the arm hole to ensure the tension was consistent along the whole edge before i sewed it. To attach the trim I used a zig zag stitch which enabled the sleeves to give a bit. The process was less scary than I had anticipated and I’m really happy with how the edging turned out. I did the same for the neckline and for the hem I hand stitched it. Given the busyness of the lace design, the black thread hid quite well on the hem so any kind of trim wasn’t necessary.
I opted for a black invisible zipper that stopped at the top of the lining bodice. I then finished off the rest of the lace to the top of the neck with a narrow machined hem. I went back and forth about what kind of closure I would put at the top of the bodice back and decided on snap closures. The lace was a bit too delicate for adding in button holes, and other clasps just seemed to chunky. I put in two small snap closures to ensure it lay a bit flatter together.
After all the pieces of fabric came together (and there were a lot in total) it looked fab and I am really happy with the outcome. I ended up wearing the dress to my work Christmas party which was themed ‘Friday 13th’ so at least the black did fit in. I coupled it with spider web earrings and bish bosh bash – job done!