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

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17 Responses to Lace and Geometry Dress

  1. Stephanie says:

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

  2. Lindsay says:

    This dress is adorable! You did a great job!

  3. Cornelle Maxfield says:

    I absolutely LOVE this dress!!! Great Job.

  4. Sarah Hunter says:

    so cute! does it come in “tall”? ;)

  5. Suzie says:

    Oh your refashion is lovely!

  6. katja says:

    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!

    • Becca says:

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

  7. Radka says:

    Great idea, looks perfect!

  8. Marie says:

    This is soooo flattering! Absolutely lovely!

  9. Cindy T. says:

    Ahhh Becca, you are amazing with clothes! :D I really love, love, love the end result! :)

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