What woman doesn't like lace?
I thought I'd show you the only lace dress I've ever owned.....my prom dress from 1966!! I've kept it all these years. It's very teeny weeny! Sigh!
I still love it and can really understand why I chose it all those years ago. From the salmon coloured taffeta underskirt/lining, the organza layer, the gorgeous white lace, to the beautifully scalloped border of the lace running down the back, it still gives me a thrill.
I couldn't make my dress form small enough so I couldn't zip it up but closed it enough to show the lovely back.
My 1966 prom dress is not in perfect condition. It has spots and discolorations and even some wear and tear. It was worn to a couple of formals, as a bridesmaid dress, as a costume for a High School drama production at the school where I taught and even as a Hallowee'en costume by my then teenaged daughter.
But pressing it and seeing it on Antoinette has made my heart ache a little for my youth now long gone.
But enough of that.
Lace to me is very dressy and formal and I've been wanting to make a lace dress ever since it started popping up everywhere in the fashion world including the blogs we all love and follow. ( Examples include Diary of a Sewing Fanatic and Amanda's Adventures In Sewing.).
We were attending an event that was perfect for a lace dress and since I had a beautiful navy stretch lace in my stash, I decided it was now or never.
My pattern choice had to be New Look 6000 because the fit was so great in the View B version I just made and showed here. This one would be View A.
I decided to use a black lining although I considered a nude lining, but I knew I'd be more comfortable as an older woman in the more conservative navy/black combo.I left the elbow length sleeves unlined however.
Here is my dress.
The true colour is more like this
My 16 year old grand-daughter thought it was beautiful so it must be OK, I guess.
I cut the dress and sleeves so the scallops, which formed both selvedges, finished the hems.
That made it so there is more stretch going down the dress than there is across,but that didn't cause any problems. The zipper, which I of course stabilized, did buckle a little but that's in the back and if I can't see it, it must not exist,right? Lol!
I'm very happy with my lace dress ,2013. Of course it doesn't have the magic that my 1966 prom dress still has for me, but then, at the risk of sounding really corny,my life after all has really ended up like a fairy tale and I don't need magic anymore.
I wanted to show you a real life shot of my husband and me at the event we attended but I forgot to have a photo taken! Darn!
I hope you will let me know what you think!
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