DVF Lace, Part II

As promised, I’m back with the remainder of the DVF Cotton Lace project.

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Some people are born to sew couture. It relaxes them they say…… I get that, but before undertaking a couture garment, I always take a deep breath and try to prepare myself for the time commitment couture sewing requires. To date, I have underestimated the time commitment of every project.

But now it’s time to celebrate!

As mentioned in my last Mood Sewing Network post, I ordered the lilac DVF cotton lace from Mood Fabrics last Spring, envisioning a two-piece dress for my daughter’s Bridesmaids’ luncheon. The dress missed the luncheon by eight months, but a whole new wedding season awaits!

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Just like the skirt blogged here, the top consists of four layers of fabric which include the heavy cotton lace, oxford cloth, silk organza and Bemberg rayon lining. The DVF lace is no longer available at Mood, but a heavy lace such as this guipure lace would sew similarly. Some readers questioned the weight of oxford cloth as an underlining. It worked out great for the skirt but I sought advice from friends with lots of couture sewing experience before proceeding with the vintage McCall’s 8500 pattern.

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I considered a princess seam top because I feared the pattern’s eight darts would be bulky with the layering. Splitting the two bust darts and catch-stitching the waist and back darts to the organza easily solved the problem. I eliminated two of the top back (shoulder) darts, replacing them with dead darts which made for a smoother back.

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The zipper is concealed in the side seam.

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It took several alterations to achieve the fit I wanted. All sewing techniques and alterations will be discussed on the blog tomorrow, but today I want to relish in the fruits of my labor!

While I took many steps to prepare the lace for sewing, the fabric sews very easily. Many thanks to Mood for offering such great fabrics!

What a difference a top makes to a skirt!

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……and alone no more 😉

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Until Soon 🙂

 

 

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Comments


  • Beth
    April 15, 2015

    This is so beautiful, Sarah! I have just started sewing for myself again and had the opportunity to visit Mood NYC last week where I had to restrain myself from buying everything in sight! I am moving to Manhattan shortly and am looking forward to spending lots of time on W. 37th St. 🙂 My goal is to master couture techniques as you have so beautifully demonstrated….Thank you!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 26, 2015

      Thank you so much, Beth and good luck with your move! What a great place to learn couture opportunities 🙂

  • Becky
    April 15, 2015

    Really pretty! Very nice job.

  • Amanda S.
    April 15, 2015

    WOW! I suddenly need a lace two piece ensemble in my wardrobe! This is a wonderful outfit and looks timeless. Gorgeous color on you too.

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 26, 2015

      Thank you, Amanda! I’ve always loved a well fitted two piece dressy dress, but it’s been a very long time since I’ve worn one. I’m excited to have a new one 😉

  • Becky
    April 15, 2015

    Lovely, truely lovely! You have really come far in your sewing. I have watched for years and between you and Caroline I’m just dabbling getting back into sewing for myself. Thank you and WOW what a terrific outfit!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 26, 2015

      Thank you, Becky for your nice comment! I don’t know if practice makes perfect, but it does help 😉

  • Ginger
    April 15, 2015

    Wow! This is lovely!!!!!

  • Peter
    April 18, 2015

    Beautiful. This outfit really shows off the lace to great effect and I LOVE the color!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 26, 2015

      Thank you so much, Peter! My husband looks great in this color and you would too 🙂

  • Fiona
    April 18, 2015

    What a beautiful project Sarah. Reading about it has got me wishing for some time to get stuck into a couture project of my own, I’m itching to do a bit of hand basting!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 26, 2015

      Thank you, Fiona! Sometimes it’s nice to slow it down for a special project as it was here, but I’m ready to speed it up a bit now 😉