Lace with a Royal touch - [sewing]

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015



Every time I buy lace it usually sits quietly on my fabric bin, staring right at me. A huge part of me wants to rush and start making something out of it, but then I freeze in fear of destroying such precious fabric. Okay, I'm probably being a bit overly dramatic, but I tend to get tense when working with beautiful lace. Because one cut can make or break the design.
This particular project was for a friend that was invited to a pretty big wedding, so she wanted something elegant and bold. The royal blue and the gold lace fabrics gracefully brought our vision to life.

[Materials]
  • 4 yds. Knit or Satin fabric 
  • 2.5 yds. Non-stretch Lace
  • Gold Trim (optional)
  • 22" Zipper 
  • Scissors 
  • Thread & Measuring tape
  • Sewing Machine 
  • Misc: seam ripper, zipper foot

[Process]
--> If you didn't know already, I really don't care for patterns. This has its pros and cons, the reason being to the fact that I don't have that much patience. Which, is probably not the best answer. Perhaps, later in my sewing journey I'll take up pattern-making. Though, for now its not on the top of my list.

--> For the bodice (top of the dress) I created two vertical darts from the waist to the mid-bust and two horizontal darts along the bust. The neckline is scooped with gold trim to compliment the lace skirt.

--> Skirt (bottom of dress): The skirt has two parts. The lining, which really isn't your typical 'lining fabric', it's the royal blue knit fabric (same as the bodice fabric) with the lace overlay. To create the flow of the dress; I made the bottom of the skirt as wide as I could and then put the lace over it to trace and to make a cleaner cut.

--> Even though, I've been sewing for a few years now,  sewing the pieces together for this project was at first a little tricky. I decided to show the lace detailing on top of the bodice/waist region. In order to execute that I had to first sew the bodice and lining together, like you would any-other top and bottom. Then following the curves of the top of the lace, I carefully sewed it on top of the rest of the garment. Lastly, hem all the edges of the garment as you would normally.

I hope my 'not quite a tutorial' tutorial helped in someway. Feel free to ask me any questions in the comment section below or email.








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