At Mood Sewing Network, March is lace sewing month for the bloggers. I was discussing with my oldest daughter, Paige, what I might make for this challenge. After a few ideas, she suggested a dress for her. I thought it was a great suggestion and I told her to start looking at patterns and inspiration photos.
Next step was the lace selection and Paige wanted a mint color lace (popular for spring). She looked at the incredible laces on Mood Fabric’s online shop and we knew Mood had an even a wider selection at their at their store in NYC and LA. Then the best thing ever happened, MSN bloggers Oonaballoona and Carolyn volunteered to go the NYC store and take pictures of laces for us. We emailed them what we were looking for and all morning they sent pictures to our phones. I would look, ooh and aahh and then forward the picture to Paige.
This is the lace Paige selected, the perfect mint color and a beautiful lace pattern:
The pattern Paige picked was McCall’s 6699:
I ordered the lace, a matching silk charmeuse for the lining, a yellow silk taffeta for the waistband the the back slit, thread and a matching mint invisible zipper. The fabric arrived and the mint lace was incredible, a soft hand and wonderful design, this started my excitement for the dress, such perfect fabric.
I went to work on the muslin first to perfect the fit. Next step was to baste the lace to the silk, I used some of my weights to keep all the fabric in place:
After basting the layers and the darts, I serged around both layers to keep the lace from fraying.
I was so pleased with the invisible zipper insertion. Whew, I didn’t have to unsew!
I have sewn lace one time before, so it wasn’t something I had much experience doing but I loved the sewing steps, each one brought more satisfaction in the garment. The only part I was nervous about was the final fitting, oh I hoped it fit Paige perfectly. We both had last Friday off, so I drove the couple hours to her house for the moment of truth. It fit perfectly and the mint color looks gorgeous on her.
I think the yellow is just the right accent color for the mint. The bodice is fully lined on the dress, while the skirt is just underlined with the silk.
A closer view of the dress:
Another picture of this stunning dress on my beautiful girl, this shows the bust darts and waist darts on the skirt:
A fun feature of the pattern and a way to showcase the yellow fabric is the turned-back slit on the skirt:
This dress was fun to sew and the only thing I had to work on three times was the hem, I just wasn’t pleased with the way it would hang. You know what they say, third time was a charm!
Paige was so happy with her dress and I was so happy to sew it for her. Paige isn’t one to ask for many things, so when she asked for this dress, I was more than happy to do it.