Anna Sui Eyelet Dress for the Fall

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I turned my last trip to Mood Fabrics in Los Angeles into a mommy/daughter date with my cute 8-year-old daughter.  Her baptism day was coming up and I promised to make her a new dress to wear.  We went straight to the fancy lace area, hoping to be inspired but nothing caught her eye except for a roll of white sequins (and I’m not a huge fan of bling).  Then we meandered down the eyelet aisle (though I wasn’t feeling hopeful we’d find anything there since we were just days away from fall).  That’s when I saw it, this gorgeous, ivory embroidered cotton lawn with an eyelet border.  Editor’s note: MoodFabrics.com has a large selection of eyelet and embroidered fabrics.

Mood Designer Fabric Anna Sui

With the promise of trying to somehow incorporate the beloved white sequins, my daughter was on board with the Anna Sui eyelet and we left with our Mood bag filled with beautiful fabric (that silk print is also from Anna Sui and will hopefully make an appearance on the Mood Network Blog soon).  After a few sketches, my daughter unsurprisingly picked a simple dress style with a sequin collar.  As much as she loves a little sparkle, she definitely doesn’t love frou-frou. 

Sewing a sequin collar with fabric from Mood Fabrics.

Obviously at some point I thought a sequin collar was a good idea since I included it on a number of different sketches for this dress, but as the dress construction unfolded, the sequin collar might have been the worst idea I’ve ever had.  Ripping off all the sequin in the seam allowances caused all the little sequins to start falling off before I could go back and tack them down.  So not only did I have to secure every sequin touching every edge of the collar, I had to go back and fill in all the holes created by newly missing sequins.  A better idea would have been to create a collar and then hand sew on sequins after the fact.  Even if it took just as much time, it would have been far less maddening and would have produced a nicer collar in the end. Gotta love the power of hindsight to make you feel like an idiot.

Girl's dress made from Anna Sui eyelet fabric bought at Mood Fabrics Los Angeles.

But, at the end of the day, that maddening little sequin collar was a labor of love with stitches made not just by me, but also by grandma.  I love that even more than a perfect collar.

Girl's dress made from Anna Sui eyelet fabric bought at Mood Fabrics Los Angeles.

That gorgeous eyelet border needed to take center stage and I think the simple dress style let it shine.  The cotton lawn called for a lining, but instead I decided to make a separate bias cut slip made from china silk, hemming it right above the eyelet border.

Girl's dress made from Anna Sui eyelet fabric bought at Mood Fabrics Los Angeles.

Even though the dress is made from eyelet, a traditionally spring/summer fabric, I truly feel like the sequin collar, the chunkiness of the eyelet, and the ivory color help it transition right into fall….especially in California where temperatures are still in the upper 80′s right now.  Pretty soon she’ll be able to pair it with a little cardigan and colored tights and we’ll all start wondering why we don’t wear more eyelet in the fall.

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Comments


  • carolyn roemer
    September 30, 2013

    Charming. So nice that your daughter is willing to participate in the selection of fabric and can visualize the end result. You both must have the same creative genes. It is so fun to be “sympatico” with a daughter.

    • ThisisCarrie
      October 15, 2013

      we have moments of “sympatico” at least.

  • anne jewell
    September 30, 2013

    adorable! and so is the dress.–anne

  • Lori
    September 30, 2013

    Such a pretty dress for a special occasion. Your daughter looks precious and so nice that your grandmother helped with the process.

    • ThisisCarrie
      October 15, 2013

      I do love that Grandpa put in some stitches on the dress. Makes it more meaningful!

  • liza jane
    September 30, 2013

    This is dress is just gorgeous! I love all the funky details- the sequin collar was definitely worth it. And that eyelet fabric sure is something special. Love this!

    • ThisisCarrie
      October 15, 2013

      The eyelet fabric surely was amazing. As soon as it caught my eye, I knew it was “the one”

  • Janine Whisler
    September 30, 2013

    Darling dress! Top be honest I would have never thought of heading to the Anna Sui section of the store as a consolation for not finding what I was looking for, but it sure worked for your daughter’s dress. Well done!!!

    • ThisisCarrie
      October 15, 2013

      I’ve been drawn to the Anna Sui section of the LA mood fabric store lately. My next project is with Anna Sui fabric too!

  • JENNIFER
    September 30, 2013

    Absolutely beautiful!!!!!! I love the combination of both the eyelet and sequin. Your daughter is too cute, love her eyeglasses too ;0)

    • ThisisCarrie
      October 15, 2013

      Thanks! I think she’s pretty adorable too.

  • Amanda S.
    September 30, 2013

    Super cute!

  • oonaballoona
    October 1, 2013

    okay so yeah. HOW ADORABLE IS YOUR DAUGHTER. IN HER HEIRLOOM DRESS.

    you’re making my ovaries itch.

    • ThisisCarrie
      October 15, 2013

      I wonder if Claritin helps with itchy ovaries…. :)

  • rachael {imagine gnats}
    October 1, 2013

    i am so in love with this dress, Carrie!! beautiful.

    • ThisisCarrie
      October 15, 2013

      Thanks Rachael. Since I know you have little girls yourself, that means a lot!

  • Ginger
    October 1, 2013

    OHHHHHHH, I looooooove this! It’s such a sweet, fun dress! I love it! Is it weird that I want this dress? And the glasses? And the hair? OK, your daughter is pretty much the cutest thing EVER.

    • ThisisCarrie
      October 15, 2013

      There isn’t a day that goes by that some woman tells her she’s been trying to get that hair color her whole life. She’s got a fun combination of genes, this one.

  • Lauren
    October 1, 2013

    This dress turned out so perfect! I love that you were able to get those sequins in there somewhere for your daughter (even if the actual sewing of the sequins was less than fun, the end result is pretty impressive). And I really love her glasses – I want some!

    • ThisisCarrie
      October 15, 2013

      Thanks! Those sequins were ALMOST worth it ;) . We picked those vintage frames up on ebay and had our optometrist put lenses in them. I figure if you have to wear glasses, they might as well be fun!

  • Amy
    October 2, 2013

    What a wonderful dress. I just love how you’ve used the eyelet to its full advantage, and that sparkly collar is just awesome.

  • Sarah Gunn
    October 6, 2013

    Very cute!

  • Ali
    October 9, 2013

    I LOVE….you are so talented!

  • ohjennymae
    October 27, 2013

    this is gorgeous! i love that she helped pick it out!