Lace and Geometry Dress

A few months back, I found the vintage dress pictured below.

The dress was a product of the ’80s, with its olive-green color, geometric print, ’40s-style shape, and hefty shoulder pads.

I’m not sure why I snatched it up so fast at the thrift store, because the dress went immediately into my “maybe later” pile. And there it remained for many months, while I continued to glance at it and say, “maybe later.”

Since I hadn’t sewn any clothing in a while, I was up for a challenge last week. So I pulled this dress out of the box, and put my brain to work.

Something about the vaguely mathematical print must’ve given my brain a boost. My mind arrived at an idea quicker than expected, and I started deconstructing the dress.

I liked the smocking at the waist, but it was stretched out and coming apart in several places. So, one of my first steps was to separate the skirt from the bodice.

The shoulder pads and sleeves were the next task for the seam ripper.

Once I had separated the parts of the dress, I cut the skirt just below the smocking.

I also took the bodice in a couple of inches on each side.

My idea involved adding a lace yoke to the top of the dress (see the picture below).

I removed this lace yoke from a blouse that was coming apart (I bought it at a deep discount).

So I placed the yoke in the appropriate position on the bodice (taking seam allowances into account), and cut the top of the bodice away from the lower half.

Next, I pinned the bodice to the lace yoke (right sides together) and sewed them together.

I top-stitched the seam allowances down below the bodice/yoke seam, after I serged the seam.

To finish the lace armhole edges, I serged around each armhole, pressed the edges under, and stitched them down.

Finally, I gathered the skirt, attached it to the bodice, and added some elastic to the waist.

Since I shortened the skirt from the top, the original hem was still in place. 🙂 It’s always nice to have fewer steps in the reconstruction process.

So, here’s the completed “lace and geometry” dress.

I feel smart and feminine when I’m wearing it.

Olive green isn’t a terrible color on me, but I’m still not sure about it. I may end up selling, or gifting this cute little number.

I wore this dress out for hubby’s birthday dinner on Friday night. We had a wonderful time celebrating. I am so blessed to have the most amazing, handsome, and brilliant man in the world to spend my life with.

I made him a tool roll to hold his hundreds of different Allen wrenches. He has many duplicates, because he either can’t find the ones that he has, or doesn’t have them with him when he needs them. His new tool roll is small, portable, and even has his company logo on it. So, he can take a variety of wrenches with him when he goes on business trips to do machine installs, etc.

Anyway, I’ll probably post a tutorial for the tool roll in the near future. I’ll post the picture of it then too. I’m embarrassed because I stitched his company logo wrong, so I’ll have to open it up and re-stitch the logo before I can post the picture. ;P

  1. Stephanie

    August 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    It’s SO, SO cute! If you “sell or gift” it, let me know.

    1. Becca

      August 31, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks! OK, I will. 😉

  2. Lindsay

    August 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    This dress is adorable! You did a great job!

    1. Becca

      August 31, 2011 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks so much!

  3. Cornelle Maxfield

    August 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this dress!!! Great Job.

  4. Sarah Hunter

    August 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    so cute! does it come in “tall”? 😉

    1. Becca

      August 31, 2011 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks. I guess most normal people would have a hard time with the proportions of the dress.Haha!

  5. Suzie

    August 10, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Oh your refashion is lovely!

  6. katja

    August 10, 2011 at 6:04 am

    What an amazing transformation and you look so good in it! Plus: I love the fact that you have a “maybe later” pile too, where things stay for months… It was worth the wait though – Congratulations!

    1. Becca

      August 31, 2011 at 7:06 pm

      Thank you. Yes, I have quite a substantial “maybe later” pile, unfortunately. Oh well…One down and an infinite number to go.

  7. Radka

    August 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Great idea, looks perfect!

    1. Becca

      August 31, 2011 at 7:04 pm

      Thanks! 🙂

  8. Marie

    August 11, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    This is soooo flattering! Absolutely lovely!

    1. Becca

      August 31, 2011 at 7:04 pm

      Thank you!

  9. Cindy T.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Ahhh Becca, you are amazing with clothes! 😀 I really love, love, love the end result! 🙂

    1. Becca

      August 31, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks so much, sweet lady!

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