Navy Lace Dress a la Tory Burch

Ginevra dressWhile Tory Burch may refer to her Ginevra dress as the little lace sundress in the classic shade of navy, I’m calling my new navy lace dress my Easter dress, and it better warm up or I’m in trouble.

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This is my completed project for the Mood Sewing Network lace challenge and I must say I’m pleased.

Lace DressInspired by the Tory Burch Ginevra dress, I ordered this navy cotton lace from Mood,

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and was set to go until I saw – and touched the actual dress in a store. I suddenly lost confidence fearing I could never make a dress that favorably compared to it….

Thank you, Readers and thank you Lynda Maynard’s online Craftsy Course, Sew the Perfect Fit. for moving me past my apprehension!

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Since this was my first experience to sew with lace, I vowed to limit the risk factors by selecting an easy to work with lace, keeping the project simple and sewing a familiar garment style.

The cotton lace was a delight on many levels. Hand stitching and tracing paper marks disappeared into the sea of navy flowers. The fabric has good body and held up well when I attached the grosgrain waistband and inserted a hand-picked zipper.

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My only surprise lay in discovering how easily lace can stretch. Fortunately stay-stitching the edges solved the issue.

The dress is lined with a navy china silk from Mood Fabrics. I used an older Milly cotton lace dress for reference and decided underlining was unnecessary for this fabric. Since all of my adjustments were made in the muslin the sewing went quickly and a new dress was born!

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Comments


  • Lise Neely
    March 22, 2013

    Oh, it’s beautiful! This would be a perfect dress to wear for a summer wedding (note to self, new project!). You look lovely. Wear it in good health.

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 22, 2013

      Thanks so much, Lise! I hope to wear it often 🙂

  • Lauren
    March 22, 2013

    What a beautiful dress and a perfect fit!

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 22, 2013

      Many thanks, Lauren. Those hours working on the muslin paid off!

  • Carolyn
    March 22, 2013

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! When your post went up yesterday, I was worried about the navy dress since I knew you were working on it. So thrilled that you made such an amazing dress!

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 22, 2013

      Hi Carolyn! Didn’t mean to give you a scare! I started the blue/white top before my fabric arrived – I hoped the dress would go quickly since the muslin was made – and it did!

  • Kacie
    March 22, 2013

    Absolute perfection! This turned out beautifully – great job!

  • Erica B
    March 22, 2013

    Your dress is gorgeous and such a classic style.

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 23, 2013

      Many thanks, Erica! This is a good example of – safe but NOT sorry!

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 22, 2013

    Thank you, Kacie!

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 22, 2013

    Many thanks, Erica! This is a good example of – safe but NOT sorry!

  • Lori
    March 22, 2013

    Your dress is stunning, Sarah, and you look incredible. Great job.

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 23, 2013

      Many thanks, Lori! It was a fun project.

  • Cissie
    March 23, 2013

    Beautiful, classic dress. You’ll be wearing this for years! I’m with you on hoping that the weather gets better by Easter!

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 23, 2013

      Thank you, Cissie! I may be wearing a wool coat with a cotton lace dress next weekend ;(

  • Laura
    March 23, 2013

    You look fabulous in this dress and isn’t that what we all want from our sewing projects? It’s beautiful and so are you. You go, girl!

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 23, 2013

      Ahh….. thank you so much for this comment! The dress is definitely a keeper 🙂

  • Ginger
    March 23, 2013

    This is gorgeous! What a classic, perfectly-fitted dress!

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 23, 2013

      Many thanks, Ginger! I’m relieved and happy 🙂 🙂

  • Amanda S.
    March 24, 2013

    I love this! Navy is such a classy color!

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 25, 2013

      Thanks, Amanda! I can hardly believe it’s my first navy dress.

  • Linda
    March 24, 2013

    Perfect!! Congratulations!

  • Diana Deap
    March 24, 2013

    Your dress is beautiful and fits you so well! No wonder you are pleased with it!

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 25, 2013

      Thank you so much, Diana. It’s a great feeling when the details successfully come together – and relief 🙂

  • oonaballoona
    March 27, 2013

    so elegant, sarah! i hope the weather cooperates for you, this beauty deserves a sunday outing 🙂

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 8, 2013

      No cooperation from Mother Nature for me! Thanks for the nice comment!

  • Kay
    March 28, 2013

    The dress looks perfect!

  • Amy
    March 29, 2013

    Oh, it’s just perfect. I love the navy on navy, the style, and the fit. Knock out job!