Grace with Lace

Sometimes when I look through an online fabric store, I like to type certain things in the search field and see what pops up. “Yellow,” “embroidered,” “wool double knit” and “silk jersey” are some of my favorites. Right after I’d made my eggplant military jacket I did a search for “copper” on Mood’s website, and it pulled up this lace. I thought it would be perfect for a little top to wear under my jacket, so I ordered 1.5 yards with no real pattern in mind. Surprise! Turns out it really wanted to be a dress. It’s funny how fabric can be so opinionated sometimes, right?

Brown Lace Dress

I’ve been wanting a lace dress for awhile now, and also have been wanting to try this pattern, Vogue 8742. I like the simplicity of the design with the front gathers to give it some interest. I underlined the lace with a winter white ponte knit bought locally. Since Vogue didn’t bother to include finished measurements on the pattern pieces (I’m shaking my finger at you, Vogue!), I added up all the measurements at the bust, waist and hips, and subtracted the seam allowances. I then cut a 10 on top tapering out to a 12 through the waist and hips. This pattern is described as “close-fitting” and it certainly is, especially in this stable knit.

Brown Lace Dress

I paid special attention when cutting this out that the lace lined up horizontally.

Brown Lace Dress
Brown Lace Dress

I added the scalloped portion of the lace to the sleeve and bottom hems after the underlining was attached and all vertical seams sewn. I then made facings for those areas, underlined them, graded the seams and hand-sewed them in place with a loose whip stitch.

Brown Lace Dress

I really like that this pattern doesn’t call for a zipper at the back, but merely an opening with a hook and eye closure. I opted for a button
and a thread loop.

Brown Lace Dress

I love this dress! It looks pretty on its own (with a necklace though!) as well as with my jacket that has matching copper buttons.

Brown Lace Dress
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Comments


  • Carrie
    January 18, 2013

    Just beautiful! This just might be the dress to get my teen to wear lace. One can dream, right… 🙂

  • Cidell
    January 18, 2013

    Ummm, ok. This is SO pretty. It all just would not have occured to be how to put this together and make it work so well. Pretty, pretty, pretty,

    • Amanda S.
      January 18, 2013

      Thanks! This fabric turned out to have more stretch then I had anticipated, and I had the pattern out for some other project. They were just sort of next to each other when I had a flashbulb moment.

  • Janine Whisler
    January 18, 2013

    At first when I saw your dress my thoughts were, oh this is pretty and so versatile. I love copper and off- metallic colors (like pewter, bronze, rose gold….). I love love this dress paired with your military jacket and boots. This is perfection!

  • Caroline
    January 18, 2013

    This is lovely, and the layered effect works nicely. And it works really nicely with the eggplant jacket. It flummoxes me when pattern companies don’t include finished measurements! What are they thinking? It’s the only real way to gauge which size to cut!

    • Amanda S.
      January 18, 2013

      Thank you Caroline. Patterns like these aren’t that hard to figure the measurements on, but what REALLY frustrates me is those patterns that are draped or not straightforward where the bust/waist/hips are on every piece. Then you really can’t measure before you cut and definitely have to make a muslin.

  • Lynne
    January 18, 2013

    Another gorgeous dress, Amanda. I always love to see what you are up to. The fabric is AMAZING! And your fit and flattery factor is perfect!

  • Carolyn
    January 18, 2013

    It’s an awesome dress Amanda and I love that it coordinates with the military jacket!

  • Lauren
    January 18, 2013

    So pretty! I love how the lace layer changed the color of your underlining. Also, those sparkly copper bits and the scalloped edges? GORGEOUS.

    • Amanda S.
      January 18, 2013

      Thanks you Lauren!

  • Erica B
    January 18, 2013

    Lovely dress Amanda!

  • Shannon
    January 18, 2013

    I’m absolutely amazed with everything you make. This is beautiful!

  • Lori
    January 18, 2013

    Very beautiful dress, Amanda, it look spectacular on you.

  • Denise
    January 19, 2013

    Beautiful lace, beautifully sewn.

  • Ginger
    January 19, 2013

    Really pretty! This lace is so special!

  • Sarah Gunn
    January 22, 2013

    Stunning, Amanda! I made the dress as a casual garment but I love your use of lace in dressing it up. This is really beautiful and the fit is perfect.

    • Amanda S.
      January 23, 2013

      Thanks Sarah! I have plans to make a non-lace version soon. It’s such a great basic dress pattern!

  • Amy
    January 25, 2013

    You are on a roll with lace these days! Bravo! This dress is stunning! And, it’s great motivation for my upcoming project!

    • Amanda S.
      January 25, 2013

      Weeellllll, this lace WAS suppose to be my back-up lace just in case the fabric I’m using for March didn’t work out for some reason. It got used after starting TWO other projects for January and not being able to complete either. I will be tired of lace very soon, I assure you!