Thursday, 15 May 2014

Coral Floral Lace - Project Sewn Sewalong dress!

First of all a massive thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post, you guys really are the best.  I was totally anticipating having loads more time on my hands after finishing uni but turns out I'm just as busy!  But some of that busy has been at my sewing machine!
 Yup, I've been back at my machine and sewing up a storm!  Mostly summer bits and pieces for my summer holiday (t-minus 3 weeks XD) including this dress.  We're going a cruise again this year and I felt I needed another formal night dress when this lace arrived in the shop.  It was the perfect fabric, I couldn't have planned things any better!  Then I realised what this week's project sewn theme was Florals and I knew I had to take part...I'm not normally one for jumping on bandwagons, but in this time I couldn't refuse!  Also have you seen what all the contestants have been making?  I totally love project sewn, such an amazing idea!

So I got to work.  I had the basic idea of what I wanted; a fitted bodice, lace overlay and some kind of full skirt.  If I had the budget, the full dress would have been in the lace, however at £34.99/m that was never going to happen!  I had to limit it but wanted something different for the skirt which is why I choose the tulle.  This lace is something special btw.  It's from a new supplier of ours who supplies to the highstreet and designers, so you never know who else might have used it.  In real life, it's a bright coral rose pattern which is quite heavy in weight.  This cause slight problems in the darts and seams but nothing much to worry about.  I ended up using my walking foot to make it a bit easier.

As far as a pattern went, I used my go to peplum top pattern, Vogue 8815, for the bodice.  This fits me perfectly and I like that it has shoulder darts.  I made a few changes as well as taking away the lower top; I omitted the lower back darts, put in a shorter zip and placed a button at the nape of the neck and used the sleeve from my Ava top pattern.  For the skirt, I gathered the tulle and some soft lining fabric to fit on the bodice.
I'm really happy with the way this dress came together.  The whole time I was sewing it I really wasn't convinced I was going to like it.  But as soon as I put it on it all changed.  It's kind of like a 'pretty little girl' dress and I can't wait to wear it!  Oh and if you like it, I would love for you to head over to the project sewn sew-along post and vote for it when voting happens!  You'll be thanked with vows of loving you forever!
P.s. can we talk about my invisible zip?  I think my zip skillz are improving each time!

The Facts
Pattern:  Just the bodice of V8815
Size Cut: 20, taken in a little at the side seams
Fabric: Coral lace, duchess satin, tulle and lining from Mandors
Notions: Invisible zip
Alterations: only those above!
Notes: Tricky to sew through all layers but the walking foot made all the different.  Could add more tulle if I felt it needed it!
Wearability: 6/10 really only for dressing up!

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  1. This is so pretty! I love it on you!

  2. Oh this is beautiful! I want some of that lace, it's amazing and such a great colour. I think it pairs perfectly with the tulle - great idea! It looks so nice to wear, in a twirly way. Bet you can't wait to dance in it! X

    1. Thanks Helen! And congrats on your new little one! What are you doing catching up with blogs when you could be getting cuddles all day long? Hah x

  3. This is so beautiful, that lace is amazing!

  4. Really beautiful! I love that lace more than I can say!

    1. It is amazing isn't it? I just wish I could afford more of it!

  5. You have reached a new level with this one - really lovely !



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