The vintage blue lace into a trendy dress
New dress! It's not spring yet, but when it does get warm enough, I'll be ready. I'm so glad I got a chance to put together the fabric and pattern from this Instagram: a vintage blue lace that I was lucky to have yards of, some almost-matching fine cotton for the lining, and Simplicity 1755, a relatively new pattern and an attempt at trendiness. ;)
Of course, the dresses fit super loosely on the models and the waistlines are too low--the pattern shows it is supposed to sit at the natural waist. But you know how the pattern companies are. The fits are normally meant to be way looser than someone like me wants. You may also remember my discussion of how to cut out the right pattern size--I did my usual, cutting out two sizes smaller than it recommends. And I used 1/2" seam allowances instead of the intended 5/8". And mine fits me better than the models on the envelope... but still a little loose. Oops!
I didn't use the pattern's skirt; I just made a two-panel pleated skirt. But I wasn't really thinking when I cut out the pattern, and I made the skirt the entire width of the fabric. So it ended up about a foot and a half longer than I might have chosen... haha!!!
I guess it's appropriate for a church wedding, at this length! ;), but I'm not sure I can rock it Jessica Alba-style for everyday and go with a long midi skirt. What do you vote? Should I cut off like 12"+ from the top and re-pleat it into the waistband? Or should I just plan to wear some awesome tall shoes and an edgy top layer?? ;)
See the updated version here!