Mandarin Orange Lace Dress

Sometimes I make embarrassing mistakes, and for a while I thought ordering this white cotton/nylon lace from Mood Fabrics was one of those times.

Orange Lace Dress

The flat lace reminded me of a tablecloth upon pulling it out of the box, revealing my inexperience in selecting lace. What can I say – I felt stupid for placing such an order when so many beautiful laces were available.

B u t w h a t ’ s a g i r l t o d o ?

After three worrisome weeks, I bought my first bottle of Rit Dye.

Orange Lace Dress

Thirty minutes later….. I had a new attitude,

Orange Lace Dress

and two days later, I had a new dress!

Orange Lace DressStill energized by sewing with lace and the Sew the Perfect Fit Craftsy course led me to make one more dress with Vogue 8766 for an annual event my husband and I attend – this year with Regis Philbin.

This pattern is designed to be cut on the crossgrain. Since I wanted to take advantage of the fabric’s pretty scalloped border I cut the skirt’s lower edge along the border and included the long, darted sleeve (my first). What beautiful shaping darts add to a sleeve – so much better than easestitching !

Orange Lace Dress

I followed the exact method and instructions as I did for the navy lace dress. Since I was working from a carefully constructed muslin, there were no fitting issues, though early on I melted the nylon netting in four spots on one of the back pieces. Recutting the pattern piece and using a press cloth got me back on track. After toying with several waist embellishments I opted for none.

Orange Lace Dress

The dress is lined with Mandarin china silk from Mood which was designated for another project. I found that the silk’s beautiful depth of color and sheen nicely complimented the matte quality of the lace.

After exploring the lace scene this spring I get the feeling no two laces are alike in appearance or handling. However, sewing with lace need not be scary and I plan to learn more about a fabric that I once considered mysterious.

……….and the Rit dye? Oh my goodness! Did you know the Rit Dye’s website provides formulas for 500 different colors? I am a changed woman!

Orange Lace Dress

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So how did my dress go over last night? I’m still a little self-conscious circulating my homemade frocks amongst hundreds of $$$$$$$$ garments, but I recognize a driving force behind putting forth my best efforts is wearing my projects – i n p u b l i c .

When I walked in the venue with a very wealthy woman who repeatedly told me she wanted my dress I didn’t dare go into my tablecoth, Rit dye and sewing saga. Instead I relaxed and remembered Diane Von Furstenburg’s motto that always rings true – “Attitude is Everything!”

Orange Lace Dress

Speaking of attitudes……….. my next project up is the Oonaballoona dress!

Until soon 🙂

Orange Lace Dress

 

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Comments


  • oonaballoona
    April 8, 2013

    WOOOOOOOW!!! and whoah!!!! an oona dress?!

    magnificent, this color is delicious on you… i thought you’d bought orange lace, had no idea you were going through such decisions. i think this is my favorite dress of the challenge!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 8, 2013

      Thanks, Oona! Having never used RIT dye before I didn’t know what to expect – WOW! I never expected my favorite color to appear 🙂
      …..and yes,……. the Oonaballoona dress is up next!

  • Carolyn
    April 8, 2013

    This is absolutely stunning! I love that you dyed the tablecloth lace and ended up with such a wonderful dress!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 8, 2013

      Thank you, Carolyn! As much as I liked all the laces you and Oona photographed I wasn’t sure I could pull off any of the colors and was going to make a white lace dress with black or nude lining. Then I realized what a mistake I had made 🙁
      I guess mistakes can lead us to good places sometimes!

  • Chaka Terrell
    April 8, 2013

    Your lace creations are my favorite. I don’t which I love the most-this dress or the navy skirt!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 8, 2013

      Thank you so much, Chaka! I like both garments too and what I’m learning is what a versatile fabric lace is!

  • angela
    April 8, 2013

    I absolutley love this dress! The colour, the fit. You look smashing! Thank you for reminding me about this pattern because I’ve got a piece of emerald lace I’m dying to work with. I agree with Oona, this is my favourite. Love it!!!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 8, 2013

      Thanks for the nice comment, Angela! Emerald green will make a beautiful dress in this pattern!

  • Lauren
    April 8, 2013

    WHOA. This just blew my mind – all the time I spent lamenting that there weren’t enough brightly colored laces, and here you went and dyed yours. I think this may be my favorite Mood dress as well – it’s amazing!!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 8, 2013

      Well, I LOVED your red lace dress! I wasn’t sure what color this would turn out but WOW – when RIT says tangerine it means tangerine! Many thanks for the nice comment.

  • Lynn
    April 8, 2013

    Absolutely beautiful! I would not describe your lovely frock as hand made, I would call it custom made. It doesn’t matter that you made it, it matters that it was made with such attention to detail and with such care and to fit you so perfectly!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 8, 2013

      Thank you so much Lynn! I didn’t want it to appear “homemade” in this environment, you’re right that it doesn’t really matter. It’s all about how you feel in your clothes 🙂

  • crystalpleats
    April 8, 2013

    Fantastic lace dress. I can see how wearing a self made dress to an event like that might be intimidating. I am so glad you did!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 8, 2013

      Thank you, Crystalpleats! I’m glad I wore it too and all worked out fine 🙂

  • Amanda S.
    April 8, 2013

    I love it, Sarah! I was wondering where you found that shade of orange as I hadn’t seen it on Mood’s website. Wow! What results!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 8, 2013

      Thank you, Amanda! The wonders of RIT…… I never knew 🙂

  • Ginger
    April 8, 2013

    This is FANTASTIC! What a lively, fun color! I absolutely love it! This dress is perfect– you should wear it with pride!

  • Sarah Gunn
    April 8, 2013

    Many thanks, Ginger! I truly love it and hope to wear it often enough 🙂

  • Lori
    April 8, 2013

    Stunning dress, I am sure you were the hit of the party. Beautiful, beautiful.

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 8, 2013

      Thank you so much, Lori! ……… Regis was the hit of the party 🙂 He was fabulous!

  • Erica B.
    April 8, 2013

    That dress is stunning! You should ALWAYS be confident AND proud to wear your “HOMESEWN” (doesn’t that sound much better than “homemade”?) garments around high-falutin’ ready-to-wear AND couture. You did a fabulous job and no one would know that dress didn’t come out of Oscar’s showroom.

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 8, 2013

      Ahhh……… I should have called you before walking out the door Saturday, but like I said I quickly realized it’s how you handle yourself.
      I do love the dress!
      Thank you, Erica!!!!!

  • Sarah Gunn
    April 8, 2013

    Ahhh……… I should have called you before walking out the door Saturday, but like I said I quickly realized it’s how you handle yourself.
    I do love the dress!

  • Rachel
    April 9, 2013

    So pretty! And that color is perfect for spring. I love how you took something ho-hum and made it SPECTACULAR. That orange lace rocks!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 10, 2013

      Thank you, Rachel! Great possibilities lie in most everything, huh. I had to dig down deep but I sure am glad I did!

  • Kay
    April 9, 2013

    It is stunning, and you look great in it! What a difference color makes! 🙂

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 10, 2013

      Thank you, Kay! I too am still marveling over the color transformation 🙂 Who knew?!!

  • Lisa
    April 10, 2013

    What a STUNNING dress. No need to worry about “fitting in” with the expensive dresses. You can always just smile and say “It was custom made”.

  • Sarah Gunn
    April 11, 2013

    Thank you, Lisa for the compliment and the vote of confidence!

  • Carol Mondine
    April 12, 2013

    What at talented eye the addition of the mandarin dye made for an stunning dress.

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 23, 2013

      Thanks, Carolyn! The color change made an enormous difference for sure!

      • Sarah Gunn
        April 23, 2013

        Thanks, CAROL I meant to say 🙂

  • Carol Mondine
    April 12, 2013

    Congratulations on having such a talented eye the addition of the mandarin dye made for a stunning dress.

  • Alyce Ferguson
    April 12, 2013

    Such a gorgeous dress and the color just pops! I recently bought some white lace and am rethinking the color too!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 23, 2013

      Many thanks, Alice! RIT dye was certainly the answer for me 🙂

  • Amy
    April 17, 2013

    I love that you used dye to make this gorgeous lace dress unique for you. Bravo!

  • Jeanette
    April 19, 2013

    That dress is beautiful on you. I too have some white lace I’m trying to decide what color to dye. I hope it turns out as nice as yours.

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 23, 2013

      Thank you, Jeanette and good luck!

  • Diana Deap
    April 22, 2013

    The dress is beautiful, the colour gorgeous and the fit is prefect!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 23, 2013

      Thank you so much for the nice comment, Diana!