Guipure Lace + Wool Tweed = Designer Interpretation

Let’s face it ~ this month it’s all about the fabric!  Upon accepting the Mood Sewing Network lace challenge, I decided to use a lace that I’ve never sewn with before.  I’ve made a few lace garments in the past, even using an embellished lace in an evening gown but never a piece of lace as beautiful and awesome as this guipure.

Lace and wool Dress

I chose the guipure because I wanted to interpret a designer dress and it featured the prettiest lace on the bodice of the dress. So after choosing my guipure, I headed upstairs to the third floor of Mood Fabrics NYC to pair it with a wool tweed.

Even though this wool tweed has a bit of a sparkle in it, I knew it was perfect for this dress especially since the designer inspired piece is also a little on the dressy side.  This dress is the cornerstone of my Easter outfit, and I think the fabrics make my version of the dress sing.

Because it’s guipure, I wanted to take care with the construction details so the dress consists of four layers ~ guipure lace (laces available from Mood Fabrics online here) on the dress front…wool tweed for the dress…it was underlined in a taupe silk organza…and lined with a peach silk charmeuse.

All of the construction posts can be found here because making this dress was a journey ~ a really extensive journey.  There was approximately 25-

hours of hand stitching in this dress.  There is almost a spool of thread used to hand stitch the lace to the wool tweed and I used a needle and thread so much more than I did my sewing machine.  However, all of the work was worth it, because it is an amazing dress than doesn’t photograph as well as it looks in real life.

So let the photo montage speak…

Lace and wool Dress
Lace and wool Dress
Lace and wool Dress
Lace and wool Dress

A few close-ups of the dress

Lace and wool Dress

A close up of the middle of the dress so that you can see it with the belt
and how the lace forms around the dress.

Lace and wool Dress

Finally a pic of the bottom of the lace edging and the dress hemline.

Lace and wool Dress

 

I wanted to make a special dress for Easter.  I also wanted to reproduce a designer dress that would work for this occasion.  I think I’ve accomplished the challenge of working with a “new to me” lace and stepping out of my comfort zone to create a very special garment.

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Comments


  • Erica B
    March 19, 2013

    Bravo Carolyn, bravo! Your dress is stunning. I can definitely see your inspiration. All of the work you put into it really shows and it paid off. Fabulous job!

    • Carolyn
      March 19, 2013

      Thanks Erica! I really appreciate your compliments because this dress was sooooo involved.

  • Kay
    March 19, 2013

    It is absolutely stunning and you look beautiful in it!

    • Carolyn
      March 19, 2013

      Thanks Kay!

  • Peter
    March 19, 2013

    It’s gorgeous, Carolyn. Wish I could see it in person!

    • Carolyn
      March 19, 2013

      Peter maybe we can arrange a visit to the dress! :) I mean it should get out more than once for all of that work I put into it right?

  • gMarie
    March 19, 2013

    I don’t know what to say other than I’m inspired. Your dress suits you so much better than the inspiration dress and yet – totally speaks to your inspiration. I did the sparkle in the wool tweed in one of the pictures. I wish I could see this dress in person. Another beautiful, stunning job. g

    • Carolyn
      March 19, 2013

      Gay, you’ll be back on the East Coast before you know it and I will definitely bring it when we meet up. Thanks friend for being such an encouragement while I made this dress…cause it was a challenge!

  • puu
    March 19, 2013

    wonderful work, carolyn. i love how you are constantly able to reinterpret your “TNT”s into such amazing and unique works.

    • Carolyn
      March 19, 2013

      Thanks puu – actually sometimes I’m amazed too! *LOL*

  • Angie R
    March 19, 2013

    You did a fabulous job and look stunning in your new creation.

    • Carolyn
      March 19, 2013

      Angie – thanks so much for stopping by and thanks for liking the dress. It means a lot to me!

  • Amy
    March 19, 2013

    Oh my. It’s gorgeous. Absolute perfection! It was worth all the time and effort. Just stunning!

    • Carolyn
      March 19, 2013

      Thanks Amy! It was kinda involved wasn’t it?! But thank goodness we both were able to pull it out! Shew…on to the next sew, right!

  • Lori
    March 19, 2013

    That is so stunning, you did an amazing job. All your hard work is evident in this amazing garment.

    • Carolyn
      March 19, 2013

      Thanks Lori! I’ve seen the sneak peek of yours and can’t wait to see the finished garment!

  • Lauren
    March 19, 2013

    Carolyn, this is AMAZING! Worth all the effort you put into it, and then some. I love the inspiration dress, but your completed dress is 1000x better. I wish I could see it in person, I can just imagine how pretty the sparkle looks!

    • Carolyn
      March 19, 2013

      Lauren, I’m just following in your footsteps! You started the month off with a fantastic dress so I had big shoes to fill! Thanks for all of your encouragement during the construction of the dress!

  • Amanda S.
    March 19, 2013

    Such a beautiful dress, Caroline!!! Lovely color, beautiful construction and perfect fit!

    • Carolyn
      March 19, 2013

      Thanks Amanda – your kind comments are so appreciated!

  • anne jewell
    March 19, 2013

    the dress just lights you up!!

    • Carolyn
      March 19, 2013

      Thanks Anne! it is a good color isn’t it!

  • Rachel
    March 19, 2013

    Lovely! I’ve been following your progress on your blog and am so excited to see the finished project! All those hours really paid off in an amazing dress!

    • Carolyn
      March 19, 2013

      Rachel – thanks for traveling on over to see the finished dress! It’s appreciated as well as your kind compliments!

  • Karin
    March 19, 2013

    So beautiful and elegant! I’m usually not so fond of Guipure but now I got second thoughts. This dress has really inspired me, tweed and Guipure is an excellent combination. You look great!

    • Carolyn
      March 19, 2013

      Karin ~ I thought the same thing about guipure. But it actually was a joy to sew with and I would definitely do it again. Thanks for your kind comments!

  • liza jane
    March 19, 2013

    Beautiful! The peachy-pink color is just gorgeous.

    • Carolyn
      March 19, 2013

      Isn’t that color just awesome! It was definitely what drew me to the lace.

  • Jessie
    March 19, 2013

    I have been following this dress with fascination — what a beautiful color, and the combination of fabrics is just perfect!
    (Personally, IMHO, lose the belt) :)

    I can’t imagine doing that much hand work but wow, it sure turned out to be worth it! I wish I could see it in person as the pictures here don’t begin to do it justice I’m sure.

    Now, how will you be able to “settle” for quickie not so beautifully constructed (not to say you don’t do beautiful work all the time,I hope you know what I mean) dresses and so on?

    This will knock them out at Easter services.

    Happy Easter Carolyn and well done.

    Jessie

    • Carolyn
      March 19, 2013

      Jesse – honestly I agree with you about the belt. But the designer original did show it with and without the belt so I wanted to try it. And a quickie is just what I need right now…I’m not even going to make the jacket first. I just need a palette cleanser something mindless to sew! Thanks for your honest appraisal of the dress!

  • Jessie
    March 19, 2013

    Well done

  • june Lovell
    March 19, 2013

    gorgeous choices, beautiful execution, what hat? what cardi/jacket? details, details, details, please…

    • Carolyn
      March 19, 2013

      June – the dress will have a matching jacket that’s fingertip length. I will wear the heels in the photos and a bag that coordinates with the shoes. Haven’t decided about a hat yet, but I have time! ;)

  • Manju
    March 19, 2013

    You look beautiful and very happy in this dress…guess its cos you did a wonderful job in the construction! You know if you wear this to church Easter Sunday you going to be getting some envious looks from other congregation members :-)

    • Carolyn
      March 19, 2013

      Gurl, Easter Sunday is serious fashion show day! People pull out their finest to give glory that day so I’m gonna fit right in! *LOL*

  • Karen
    March 19, 2013

    WOW! We finally get to see your spectacular dress. I’ve been following your blog and was thrilled to see it today.

    • Carolyn
      March 19, 2013

      Karen – thanks for coming over to check out the completed dress! It really was like creating art because I got to work with such fine fabrics!

  • peggyl
    March 19, 2013

    It is a work of art!! So right for so many occasions.

    • Carolyn
      March 19, 2013

      Thanks Peggy!

  • Karen in VA
    March 19, 2013

    I love all the dresses you sew, but you really knocked it out of the park with this one. It is sooooo beautiful and you look fabulous in it…

    • Carolyn
      March 19, 2013

      Thanks Karen – this one is kinda special isn’t it!?!

  • oonaballoona
    March 19, 2013

    that pairing is DELICIOUS!!! you know i love it belted :)

    stunning.

    • Carolyn
      March 20, 2013

      Thanks Marcy – this dress reminds of that wonderful day we spent together! Thanks so much for your kind words about this dress but I don’t know about the belt girl! We will see once the matching jacket is made.

  • Pam from South Australia
    March 20, 2013

    Love that dress! Beautiful colour and pairing. Absolutely worth all the hand-sewing. Could hardly wait for the big reveal.

    • Carolyn
      March 20, 2013

      Pam – I’m glad the reveal didn’t disappoint! Thanks for admiring the dress!

  • Marty Large
    March 20, 2013

    Carolyn, your dress is absolutely gorgeous!! I read your blog daily and really admire your creations, but this one is the best.

    • Carolyn
      March 20, 2013

      Marty – thanks for following me over here from my blog and thanks for the kind compliment! It really is a special dress, isn’t it!?!

  • Lainey
    March 20, 2013

    Dear Caroyln. There are not enough superlatives for this stunning creation! The tweed gives it a less formal look. So appropriate for many occasions. Wear it in good health.
    Happy Easter to you and your family.
    Your number one fan.

    • Carolyn
      March 20, 2013

      Lainey, I agree that the tweed does take the dress down a notch. It’s unexpected but in a good way. Thanks for enjoying my work and for following me over here – it is appreciated!

  • Leslie
    March 20, 2013

    MAGNIGIQUE! Where are my fingers so I can kiss them? You continue to be an inspiration.

    • Carolyn
      March 21, 2013

      Thanks Leslie, your kissing motion made me smile!

  • Evelyn
    March 20, 2013

    I’ve been following the construction of this dress and it is a stunner! Hope you’ll post a pic of it on Easter Sunday, jacket, hat, bag and all.

    • Carolyn
      March 21, 2013

      Evelyn – the complete Easter outfit will definitely make an appearance on my blog! Thanks for loving the dress!

  • Towanda
    March 20, 2013

    Now, that is a fancy dress. You look great. You reminds me of how we use to dress up for Easter as kids. We couldn’t wait to put our pretty dresses and go to church. Can’t wait to see the final outfit.

    • Carolyn
      March 21, 2013

      Towanda – I know some churches have moved away from the dress up traditions but my Mom’s church – where I go on Easter Sunday – still holds to those traditions. And it’s fun because it’s one place where you know people have taken time and care with their appearances – even the men!

  • Velosewer
    March 21, 2013

    You made a very elegant and flattering dress Carolyn. Pairing these fabrics was a very clever choice.

    • Carolyn
      March 21, 2013

      I can only take credit for the sewing. The lace/wool tweed idea was the designer’s but it was a very kewl choice, wasn’t it?!

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 21, 2013

    Carolyn – Everything about this dress is simply beautiful! The lace is to die for and the color is stunning! Thank you for sharing your previous posts leading up to the completion of this gorgeous creation!

    • Carolyn
      March 21, 2013

      Thank you Sarah! It was such an involved sew that if there hadn’t been any construction posts I would have been answering questions for days. It was easier and it helped me document the process just in case I’m foolish enough to attempt this again.

  • Brenda
    March 21, 2013

    Beautiful! Inspirational!

    • Carolyn
      March 21, 2013

      Thanks Brenda!

  • Tina
    March 21, 2013

    One word…STUNNING!

    • Carolyn
      March 21, 2013

      Thanks Tina!

  • Cissie
    March 21, 2013

    What an incredibly gorgeous lace! And you have completed a couture masterpiece. After all of that painstaking handwork, you deserve a quickie!

    • Carolyn
      March 21, 2013

      Thanks Cissie! And I have a great quickie planned. Can’t wait to sew it!

  • Marcy
    March 21, 2013

    Beautiful dress, Carolyn. Especially love the color. Looks great with or without the belt.

  • Ginger
    March 22, 2013

    This is so beautiful! It’s absolutely worth all the work you put into it! I love the unusual combination of lace and tweed!

  • Ruth
    March 26, 2013

    Wow! The dress is beautiful!

  • NinaLBoston
    April 5, 2013

    Of all the different and beautiful lace creations the Mood bloggers have produced, I think yours speaks to me most. Your fabric pairing with the tweed is really inspired! That color is gorgeous on you and all the hours and hand work you put into it certainly paid off. It looks especially good when belted.
    Thanks for the inspiration — I only wish that the Mood links could have gone directly to each contestant’s fabric choice so I could read all the details of each.
    Bellisima!