DIY Lace Dress

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With the holiday season in full swing, I wanted a dress that was pretty and sexy but not revealing.  My first thought was lace.  Then it happened, I found the most amazing lace by Theory from moodfabrics.com that is simply sublime.  This is a cotton guipure lace with a nice weight, no stretch and finished edges that’s even more beautiful in person.  If you’ve never worked with this type of lace before, it’s quite time consuming.  The open lace detail which is very thin, requires you to reinforce the seams and zippers which is very important but so worth it.  If your machine has a darning option, it will definitely come in handy to secure some of the fragile points of this fabric.The tube dress was made using this Rag & Bone ponte that has a 2-way stretch and holds it’s shape very well which makes it perfect for a fitted dress.

The pattern used for this dress was vintage Simplicity 6219 with alterations:

-Cut the top portion of the pattern using only the bodice and the sleeves.
-Added 4″ to the length of the sleeves
-Added 1″ bias tape to the hem of the sleeves (gives them a bit more structure)
-Added 1/2″ elastic to the inside of the neck (necessary for the bodice of this dress when using this fabric, if not a large gap will be present)
-Added a 26″ fitted skirt with a back slit to the bodice

The dress underneath is a fitted tube dress with breast darts made on my dress form.

 

 

 

 

 

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46 Comments

    • January 4, 2016 / 5:10 am

      Thank you Kate

  1. December 29, 2015 / 1:39 pm

    Absolutely beautiful 🙂 love your creativity

    • January 4, 2016 / 5:09 am

      Thank you Jennifer

  2. December 29, 2015 / 4:13 pm

    Stunning! Love those sleeves!

    • January 4, 2016 / 5:09 am

      Thank you Robin

    • January 4, 2016 / 5:08 am

      Thank you Justine

  3. December 29, 2015 / 5:22 pm

    Simply beautiful!!! Perfect for the holiday season and beyond. I love the sleeves!

    • January 4, 2016 / 5:08 am

      Thank you so much

    • January 4, 2016 / 5:07 am

      Thank you Adrienne

  4. December 30, 2015 / 5:48 am

    Gorgeous dress!

    • January 4, 2016 / 5:07 am

      Thank you Levone

  5. December 31, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    Perfect Holiday dress. I love the lace fabric, sleeves and neckline. Great job as always! ~Timesa

    • January 4, 2016 / 5:06 am

      Thank you Timesa

  6. January 1, 2016 / 11:53 am

    This dress looks wonderful on you, very well finished – a real DIY designer piece!

  7. January 1, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    It's beautiful. I love the fact you make aspirational clothes from exquisite fabrics.

    • January 4, 2016 / 5:05 am

      Thank you so much

  8. January 2, 2016 / 3:40 am

    This is exquisite and i am triple impressed because you actually saw this beauty in the HOUSEDRESS looking pattern that you used. absolutely a vision of loveliness.

    • January 4, 2016 / 5:05 am

      Thank you Tee

  9. Anonymous
    January 2, 2016 / 10:47 pm

    I love this dress. Is the tube dress sewed to the lace?

    • January 4, 2016 / 5:04 am

      Thank you, no it's not sewn in.

  10. January 8, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    Great dress, it fits you wonderfully!

    • Nikki
      March 1, 2016 / 2:44 am

      Thank you so much

  11. January 8, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    Beautiful! Curious, are you smiling at Chandler off camera? When my baby girl has come on a shoot with me, I am always smiling at her. Your smile looks like a mother's smile just for her child. 🙂

    • Nikki
      March 1, 2016 / 2:44 am

      lol I’m totally smiling at her. When she’s with me while I’m taking pictures she’s running around like crazy so I’m trying to take pictures and entertain her. It’s such an awesome juggling act.

  12. January 9, 2016 / 4:31 am

    OMGosh! This is too beautiful for words. I'm in LOVE with this dress. You were very creative in your construction and how you put the entire look together. You look gorgeous!

    • Nikki
      March 1, 2016 / 2:42 am

      Thank you so much Anita

  13. January 13, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    That dress is stunning. I love how you change existing patterns and make them your own. I can't wait to see your new pattern line!

    • Nikki
      March 1, 2016 / 2:42 am

      Thank you Victoria

  14. January 14, 2016 / 2:38 am

    Hi Nikki,

    This is gorgeous. I love how you adapt patterns to suit you and I'm looking forward to seeing your McCalls line!

    • Nikki
      March 1, 2016 / 2:41 am

      Thank you so much

  15. January 25, 2016 / 11:16 pm

    Love this! I've been following your blog for a few years and your designs are always beautiful and well crafted. I can't wait to see your patterns.

    • Nikki
      March 1, 2016 / 2:41 am

      Thank you so much Chantel

  16. KAREN L SMILEYSPEAS
    February 14, 2016 / 6:17 am

    Stunner

    • Nikki
      March 1, 2016 / 2:41 am

      Thank you

  17. Agathaosuji23@yahoo.com
    September 22, 2016 / 3:31 am

    Where is the link to purchase some of these outfit

    • Nikki
      September 27, 2016 / 3:24 am

      These are DIY outfits

  18. D
    January 24, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    Love this! Great job!

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