Devil in a Blue (Lace) Dress

 

Blue Lace Dress

Let’s call this look,”Devil in a Blue Lace Dress”.

When the Mood Sewing Network decided that it was time for a group project, that was not what I wanted to hear.  I don’t even do sew-a-longs because I truly prefer to roll solo when it comes to sewing.  It’s not that I don’t play well with others, it’s that my sewing is personal.  It’s dictated by my mood and what’s inspiring me at the moment… not a consensus plan.  And to be quite honest, lace was not on my radar.  Sure, it’s pretty and one of the hottest trends of the season.  And even though I probably would’ve gotten around to doing a lace project eventually, I was just not in the mood now.  I’m obviously not oppose to lace, I’ve made a great lace dress before.  But, being part of a group means that sometimes you have to go along to get along.

Pink Lace Skirt

I can’t even begin to tell you how difficult it was to decide on a project.  I even began to curate a Pinterest board dedicated to lace, for inspiration.  Then there was selecting the fabric.  Have you any idea as to how many variations there are of lace?  The only thing I was definitive of is that I wanted it in a bold color.  And thanks to Carolyn, I found the perfect one at the Mood NYC store. Editor’s note: Mood has loads of lace fabrics online, or you can contact our stores in NYC (212-730-5003) or LA (323-653-6663).

Pink Lace Skirt

The lace is beautiful, but has a lot of stretch.  I knew that would be a nightmare to work with.  So my way of working with it was to spray it down with fabric stabilizer, allowing it to dry and smoothing out its crinkly texture with my iron.  After that, this beautiful lace was a dream to handle. I underlined with a matching blue fabric… a stretch satin.  I opted not to line the dress.  I actually like the way the dress wears… it has the look of a dressy/cocktail frock, but the comfort of a knit.

Pink Lace Skirt

At first, I had my heart set on a lace trench coat, a la Burberry Prorsum.  Ambitious, I know.  But the varying factors (i.e. the weather here does not permit spring coats; and who really wants to underline all of those pieces?) swayed me.  So I went with something more wearable: a lace dress.

Pink Lace Skirt

Lace dresses can be really conservative or coquettish… really twee.  Or they can look really skanky and trashy.  And neither look define me.  So I picked a style that suited my personality… a peplum sheath.  I used Simplicity 1650.

Pink Lace Skirt

I altered the pattern by adding 1/2 an inch to the waist and 3 inches to the skirt.  To me, it ran short.

Pink Lace Skirt

Now that I’m no longer feeling all devilish about this project, all in all, this was a great project that allowed me to challenge myself.  And what I learned?  That sometimes when you go ahead with an “out of the box” project, you just may learn some things and enjoy it.

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Comments


  • Janine Whisler
    March 29, 2013

    You look fabulous in this dress! I love the peplum, and the entire design flatters your figure nicely. Another pattern has just been added to my list. I am glad to see such bright and pretty color choices for the Mood Lace Challenge, you all have done such a great job at mixing it up!

    • Erica B
      March 29, 2013

      Thanks Janine!

  • Ginger
    March 29, 2013

    This turned out nicely, and it’s very you!

    • Erica B
      March 29, 2013

      Thanks Ginger!

  • Lori
    March 29, 2013

    Fabulous, Erica, this dress is so you, that classy, trendy, chic style which you are famous for. Gorgeous lace and perfect pattern.

    • Erica B
      March 29, 2013

      Thanks Lori!

  • Lori
    March 29, 2013

    One more thing, I was thinking of a trench, too. You are right, lots of underlining, I would have still been working on that one!

    • Erica B
      March 29, 2013

      OMG Lori, I would’ve my hair out over that! Underlining epaulets and belt loops? Sigh…

  • Manju
    March 29, 2013

    Despite your initial misgivings, Erica, this is a gorgeous dress. Love the colour and style, and how you have styled it and made it yours. Great work.

    • Erica B
      March 29, 2013

      Thanks Manju. It took me forever to get my head in the game. But I’m so glad I did. I love this dress!

  • Amanda S.
    March 29, 2013

    Very pretty! Love the color!

    • Erica B
      March 29, 2013

      Thanks Amanda!

  • Amy
    March 29, 2013

    Gorgeous! That blue is fabulous! And, the whole outfit fits your stle and s quite on trend, even if it wasn’t first on your list to sew this month. Bravo!

    • Erica B
      March 29, 2013

      Thanks Amy!

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 29, 2013

    Your out of the box project took you to a good place,
    Erica! You’ve also taught me a couple of new tricks in your endeavors.
    The dress is fabulous as are all of your projects. Well done!

  • Rachel
    March 29, 2013

    Oh, I have been eyeing that pattern, too! I love the idea of a peplum, but am scared it wont work on my 5ft frame or fit into my lifestyle. But I want one SO BADLY! Yours is beautiful. I love the bold color, if fits you fabulously, and I love that is looks like a fancy frock but has “the comfort of a knit.” I’m inspired!

    • Erica B.
      April 1, 2013

      Thanks Rachel! You should go to a store and try on a peplum. It’s really all about proportions.

  • Carolyn
    March 29, 2013

    For someone who wasn’t in the game originally, you knocked this one out of the park! Love that you chose the blue lace and that you used it in such a wonderful silhouette!

  • Ariana
    March 31, 2013

    I love this dress, it fits so well and very figure flattering. Your styling is awesome too, great work.

  • Cissie
    April 3, 2013

    Love your blue lace dress, Erica. You always step it up a bit with your accessories, too, and the yellow is perfect with the blue. Just wish you could get in my closet and help me with “styling”!

  • Suzanne Parker
    April 6, 2013

    Way cool! I just love how that dress looks on you and love, love the color.

  • Leslie
    April 6, 2013

    Oh my! The outfit is stunning on you. I am always amazed by your executed vision.