Thursday, August 8, 2013

Stretch Lace Overlay Dress

I've been meaning to share this dress with you since all the way back in March...but taking selfies without a timer wasn't going to work.

So finally here it is...and about time....
especially when this has got a lot of wear in that time.

 made with a stretch lace over a pink knit, it is sooo comfy....
and there's no ironing required!  (One of my least favourite chores!)

I thought it might be difficult sewing with the flimsy lace, but by sewing it together with the underlay knit it worked really well, and was alot easier to handle.

Before I started with this dress I made the T shirt below, using the basic tshirt from Sew U Home Stretch as my starting pattern.
 I modified the neckline shape and adjusted the sleeves to match one of my favourite T shirts

This also gets alot of wear, and it only cost me $1.
The fabric was a great opshop find on my trip to Matakana last year.

I also learnt a neat trick with the neckline, 
and I'm stoked with how it turned out.

By using 1/4" elastic to stabilise the neckline, you zig zag stitch the elastic along the neck edge on the wrong side without stretching the elastic and then you turn it over to the wrong side, and using a long length straight stitch you stitch the neckline down.

For my dress I used the same pattern for the top half and a drafted 1/2 circle skirt for the bottom

And of course whenever Mike's behind the camera, he never ceases to make me crack up

Joining in with other creatives at Leonies


Juliet @ Tartankiwi said...Best Blogger Tips

The dress is beautiful!
You're beautiful!
Enough said :-)

Bron said...Best Blogger Tips

Love that dress it is sooo pretty. xx

CHD said...Best Blogger Tips

Looking lovely. I'm interested in how you did that neck line. I made a top a few months a go as my first clothing item, but might have a go at a dress for summer. Cx

Miriam said...Best Blogger Tips

love it - you are adorable and I didn't know that neckline trick, thanks for sharing :o) Love those last 2 photos x

Schulz Family said...Best Blogger Tips

I Love it. Well done you. I am put off sewing stretch as the my straight seams don't give so the seams pop if I do too much movement. I sew merino using a weird stitch on my Bernina that gives.

Monica Williams said...Best Blogger Tips

You're as gorgeous as ever Laura! And the dress.

Leonie said...Best Blogger Tips

Every time I've seen you in that dress I've admired it - gorgeous dress for a gorgeous lady. You are an inspiration xx

Leanne M said...Best Blogger Tips

I love that clever neckline trick, might have to give that a go one day. I think you did a fabulous job of the dress, I've always been a bit scared to tackle flimsy fabrics.

Susan C. said...Best Blogger Tips

I second what Leanne said. That trick is one to remember.
Mike is a great photographer.:-)

Anonymous said...Best Blogger Tips

The dress and the top both look gorgeous!! Love them. Well done!

Alyna Higgs-James said...Best Blogger Tips

Stunning dress awesome pics :)

Cat said...Best Blogger Tips

Looking at you flirting with those eyes at your man
Gorgeous inside and out you really are talented xxx

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