A half-lace dress and my bridal shower!

I have a very lovely dress (in my opinion) to share with you today... you may remember I posted a pic of this pretty thing from Anthropologie a while back:
The Gathering Breeze dress.  So pretty.  Love the lace bodice and lightweight skirt.  It's actually modal, easier to care for than some of the silk dresses Anthro has, I bet!  The bodice is a nice cotton lace (hard to find at JoAnn or other regular fabric stores).

I was so inspired by this dress that while I was thinking about what to wear to my bridal shower (my maid of honor planned it all, but I knew the color scheme was white, green, and pink!), I really wanted something like it myself.

Lucky me, I was at my mom's house where she had some beautiful 100% cotton lace from Home Sew, a mail order discount supplier she uses for her business.  She also had some pretty pink stretch stuff for the skirt!

I used my old fave pattern for the bodice and only one panel of the extra-wide skirt fabric.  I didn't go for the corset/bustier style on the bodice--it seemed too lingerie-like (and it's harder and I don't have an exact pattern).
I cut out three layers of the bodice: one of the lace, one for an interlining to sew with the lace, and one regular lining.  I also used a little strip of white scalloped lace inserted into the top!

I made the dress in two or three hours.  It was fun and fast!  And I really love it.

And it was perfect for the pretty tea party-themed shower my bridesmaids threw me!  See the pretty table...


Robin, on the right, organized the shower and it was at Shauna's house (she's on the left).  I was so touched by everything they did!

Robin even made a "Congratulations Suzannah" banner out of paper doilies!

I felt cute and had fun in the dress for the whole party.  It even went with the gifts and games!

Ha ha!  It was a very fun shower and I loved the girly pink and lace of the dress with the tea party theme.

18 comments

  1. I absolutely love your dress. so beautiful and the decorations are pretty too.

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  2. So cute! I also love that dress from Anthro, but your's is just as lovely! I might have to try that pattern. Thanks!

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  3. Your so beautiful! You should post more pictures of yourself :) Love your blog!

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  4. It's gorgeous! I've also been eyeing that dress! What a lovely knock off! xoxo, Sunni

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  5. This dress is fabulous! Very well done! Your bridal shower looks like it was a great time :)

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  6. Beautiful! Awesome job :) Anthropologie is probably the best source, hands down, for dress inspiration! ... and sweater inspiration, and bedspread inspiration, and ... everything else! :D

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  7. Beautiful!!! Now I want to make one!

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  8. This is beautiful and you look radiant in it, I love seeing how shop dresses inspire people to make their own.

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  9. love the dress you made, the colour is lovely!!
    I blogged about the gathering breeze dress this morning so cute and pretty but your is just as nice x

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  10. I love the tea party!! Sooo pretty. And your dress was perfect! It's funny, my family makes a gift-wrap hat for all the brides in our family too!

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  11. Your dress is beautiful! And you looked absolutely lovely in it! Perfect color. Sounds like your tea party was great fun. What a wonderful way to celebrate.

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  12. What a gorgeous dress! That has given me serious ideas for my bridesmaid dresses. Your bridal shower looks lovely what great friends you have.

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  13. wow i love your blog!i absolutely love your dainty and feminine style!and i absolutely love the dress :) i hope you can do a step by step tutorial on this dress..i would love to make one myself.. :)

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    1. Aw, thanks! I don't have anything planned for a step-by-step, but if I make something similar this spring/summer I'll take photos!

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  14. I just found your blog. can't wait to go through all your ideas...the ones i've seen so far are great.... thanks

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  15. wow this is beautiful! you've inspired me to make a dress like this! maybe with a mint colored skirt?
    question - in what ind of fabrics id you line and interline the lace? I a;ways have trouble finding the right fabric weight for lining and interlining!
    beautiful!

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    1. Thanks! That would be very pretty! I used 100% cotton to line and interline the lace. Can't remember if I used a stiffer cotton like a densely woven poplin for the interlining, but I think I used just quilter's cotton for the lining. I like to buy lots of it with a coupon and use it for linings and such over time!

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