Hello, friends! It’s been a while!
Following an early summer adventure to New England (photos of that later), my husband and I attended a vintage chic wedding of friends at a vineyard. I made this lace dress especially for this wedding and was happy to have an opportunity to make a dress with a lace overlay.I used the Colette Chantilly pattern for this dress, quite apropos as the overlay is similar to chantilly lace. I’ve had this pattern in my stash for a while, with plans of making it with silk chiffon. After trying to come up with a way to use this lace for a dress, I opted for this pattern, which worked rather well. This pattern has since been discontinued, but there is a PDF version on the Colette site.
I used a cotton lace which I got in a fabric swap at the LA Sewist meetup last year. My intention had always been to make a lace dress with it, and when I saw some beautiful dresses with contrast underlays, I knew that’s what this lace would be meant for. I bought this fuschia cotton voile last year from Fabric Mart and deemed it perfect to go with the lace overlay.
When I had finished constructing this dress I thought perhaps that I had made a faux pas and made a “curtain” dress. And sometimes when I look at it, it still kind of looks like lace curtains…. I made a wide sash with my voile to break up the lace and bring the color out.
As I was working with a lace with a scalloped border and wanted to use that feature for the skirt, I was very careful lining up the edges as I cut it out. This skirt has gores, so I spent a lot of time matching up the scallops and the lace trim. Even though I lined up the lace, the pattern is off a little on the bodice. I lined up the lace and had the scallops pinned together as I laid my pattern pieces out and I don’t think the lace pattern as off, so it must have been me with the pattern layout. At least I got the skirt lined up! 🙂
I graded this dress up to about a 20/22. I cut the voile on the skirt the same length as the pattern, but the lace is cut a couple of inches longer, both to accommodate the scallop trim and to allow for fabric matching. The bodice is underlined as per the pattern instructions. As I didn’t want the seams on the underlayer showing through the lace, the skirt and waistband seams are turned to the inside. It doesn’t make the inside as beautiful as it’s meant to be, even with the French seams on the lining, so I’d probably have two layers for the skirt the next time I make this. The only other alteration I made was my usual swayback adjustment.
I’ve never worn a dress with a neckline yoke like this and wasn’t sure how it would work with a regular bra, but my straps don’t show and I didn’t have to wear a strapless bra, so win-win for me! I’ve also since washed this dress and I didn’t need to dry clean it — just cool water wash and hung on the line.
- Dress: Colette Chantilly in cotton scalloped lace and cotton voile, made by me
- Shoes: Aerosoles
- Bracelet: Winterthur
- Sunglasses: Tory Burch