The Staple Dress # 7 : Its all about the lace!

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I have been wanting to try this for a long time! After searching for a good lace for a few months, I found one I could live with. It has good drape, and isn’t stiff like many of the laces I came across. There are some gnarley, stiff laces out there, people!

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To make this dress, I used my trusty Free Spirit solid voile in sun and the lace. From each, I cut out the front and back pattern pieces, then prior to assembly, I pinned (so many pins) the lace to the matching voile piece and sewed a 1/4″ seam all the way around to attach the two together. Once I had front and back lace lined pieces, I continued with regular assembly.

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Its super see-through, but I love it anyway. :D I just won’t wear it in super bright sunlight.

Gosh I love this dress. Despite the little flaws (like the two little folds along the hemline where the lace overlapped a bit), its a new favorite of mine just because its so different than anything I have.

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I only sewed two rows of shirring on this one because I plan to always pair it with a belt.

So what do you think? For those of you who have sewn garments with lace, where did you get the lace and what was it made of? Like I said before, I had the hardest time finding one that I liked enough to purchase.

and what post is complete without a Layla pic?

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See you back here tomorrow!

-Meredith

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  • Love your lace staple! I made one out of lace awhile ago. I decided not to line my dress because I wanted the lace to be “see-through” for the dropped hem part. I was going to just make a slip to wear under it, but on a whim I tried a nude tank top and slip with it and you couldn’t even tell. It looked like it was part of the dress. I skipped the shirring because I was afraid it wouldn’t work with the lace and just belted it. I found my lace at fabric.com. It was less than $10 a yard! It may not be the best quality, but I am very happy with it’s appearance. I have also purchased some great lace from a shop called “lace fabric” on etsy. They are located in California. Great customer service! Check out my lace staple on my blog!
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  • It is a beautiful version! So delicate in the lace. If I ever come across a good lace, I may try it myself!ReplyCancel

  • Now I want to cancel my to-do list and make a lace version of The Staple Dress. No matter that I don’t have any lace on hand. I’m on a mission now. This is beautiful. Great job. And the photography is just as beautiful. Props to your photographer. :)ReplyCancel

  • Your dress looks great! I went to Joann’s to search for some lace to use on my own lace staple dress and everything they had was scratchy and stiff. Yuck. My search continues… ;)ReplyCancel

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