Lacy Tie-Neck Dress

IMG_7153Yet another project from the Unfinished Object Pile completed. I love checking things off that list!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you caught a glimpse of this dress the other day. I’ve been posting my me-made outfits each day, and I wore this dress last Sunday.

I actually finished this dress several weeks ago. It has been in and out of my UFO pile since last year.

I made the pattern for the bodice of this dress when I was in California last summer.The pattern was actually used for another dress first (I’ll post about that in a couple days). I found the lacy knit fabric at Michael Levine Loft during the same visit to California, but I didn’t cut the material out for this dress until November of last year.

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Reconstructed Lace Insert Shirt Tutorial

laceinserttutorialThis is the second of the three tutorials I mentioned in this post. The tutorial below explains how to make a top with lace yokes and sleeve inserts, using a large recycled turtleneck and some stretchy lace. The lace I used was in the remnant pile at Hancock, but you could probably find a lace top to recycle if you want you’re top to be made entirely from recycled materials.

It wasn’t necessary to take a picture of the shirt before because it was just a big turtleneck. So, I’ll start with an explanation of how I cut it up.

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Lace Yoke Sweetheart Top Tutorial

SweetheartutorialHere is the first of the three tutorials that I mentioned on Sunday: how to make a lace yoke sweetheart top.

This is a lengthy tutorial because I also included information about how to make a basic shirt pattern and how to make a pleated sleeve.

To make this pattern, you’ll need some tracing or drawing paper, a pencil and a ruler. If you have dressmaker’s tracing/marking paper and a tracing wheel, you can use that instead of a pencil.

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Linen n’ Lace Top & the Great Maxi Mistake

This is the last of the summer sewing catch-up posts….

When my grandparents came to visit, they brought some fabrics and vintage garments from my grandma’s sister, Anne (Thanks Auntie Anne!). The material below was cut out for a loose blouse, with no pattern instructions. I thought the lightweight material would be ideal for a summer tank, and I’d use the sleeves and the bit of leftover material for another top, at some point.

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Lace and Geometry Dress

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

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.

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