Thursday, December 30, 2010

Finished Red Lace Dress!

Here it is! The product of much scheming, muslining, reconsidering, and fancy lace techniques. I didn't get a ton of pictures, but you get the idea.

I wore it with my little white owl brooch—and red lipstick, of course!
I went practical with tights (ignore the run, please) and flats.
I added a coral organza petticoat to peek out, but then decided it was too fussy. So instead, I converted the petticoat to a double ruffle and sewed it to the skirt lining, letting the lace scallops on the hem stand on their own. Fun! And a great excuse to flip up your skirt!
I wore it on Christmas Eve. I knew I was going to be overdressed, but I did not care.
I'm very happy with it, though it's amazing to me how much one can fuss with a pattern and still see room for improvement. It's a process, huh?

Hope all your holiday sewing went well!

54 comments:

  1. Gorgous Gertie. Looks so fabulous on you. I am just about to put the sleeves into my Lady Grey. I got the draping book you recommended for christmas, so I am happy. Hope you got some nice prezzies too.
    Tania

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  2. Absolutely love it. You look Mahhvelous!

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  3. It's a very lovely dress and looks lovely on you.

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  4. Stunning result! And you look really happy wearing it.

    Tilia of Linden blossoms in my tea

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  5. Absolutely stunning! You've outdone yourself!

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  6. I think it looks great and going red on red was a good decision afterall.
    Happy New Year!

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  7. The dress is totally gorgeous and looks fabulous on you.

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  8. Oh Gertie this is lovely - the lace looks so festive and luxurious, and the colour really suits you.

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  9. It's lovely, and you look great in it. I always admire how you manage to make un-cliche red dresses.

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  10. Absolutely Fahbulous, Dahling! Happy New Year!

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  11. I have been thinking about this dress since you posted a picture of it a few weeks ago. You have so inspired me to kick my sewing skills up a few notches. I even went out and bought muslin for the first time!

    As my grandmothers would say, "Wear it in good health!"

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  12. You are Beautiful!! You are an inspiration. You do what you love and it will brings you happiness. May the new year continue bringing you love and happiness.

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  13. Love it! I was able to get my Crepe dress done before Christmas! (See it here: http://star-spangledheart.blogspot.com/2010/12/after-christmas-special.html ) I, too, was overdressed for the Christmas festivities, but I'm hoping to inspire others to things beyond jeans and bad xmas sweaters.

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  14. Fabulous dress, well done! There's nothing wrong with being overdressed on Christmas Eve... or any other time of the year for that matter.

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  15. the dress looks absolutely amazing on you! You're definitely inspiration for a job done awesome.

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  16. Lovely dress, I follow you religiously hoping it will encourage me to sew. As yet I have four dart sewn for an easy vintage style vogue pattern. Oh dear !

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  17. How beautiful! Did you wear your Lady Grey with it??

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  18. I really really love the demure sillouette with the lace. The scalloped hem is particularly charming. I think you should wear it on Valentine's Day with pink tights and pumps. Because pink and red together is fun and pretty!

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  19. Gorgeous, glamorous, flattering, and yet restrained. Oh, how I love this dress! The ruffled flounce adds just the perfect amount of bounciness to the skirt.
    well done, and I agree it's great to overdress when you feel like it.
    Other people always seem to appreciate it.

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  20. The dress is beautiful and you wear it well!

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  21. I'm curious. (I think it's fab by the way) but you mention you can see improvements, despite all the tinkering. What would you do differently?
    Happy New Year too...
    Miss P
    xxx

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  22. The dress is gorgeous! You did a wonderful job.

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  23. GORGEOUS! I just love it and your underskirt is so kicky! Fun!

    I'm hand-sewing my sequinned fabric I brought back from Italy into a lined tank top with an invisible side zip. It'll be ready for tomorrow night's festivities, even if I have to sew through the night tonight!

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  24. I absolutely love your dress!

    Right now I am making Charles Folkwear #238 Le Smoking Jacket. The jacket face is burgundy red heavy poly satin and the lining and lapel facing are a lighter silver satin. Fussy.

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  25. It's gorgeous on you, and a perfect dress for Christmas Eve!
    I do like the matching underlay, by toning down the lace it seems to make it less formal, and more wearable!

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  26. It is beautiful. I love that you can see the scallop at the hem.

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  27. Ok, wow! That looks fantastic! How I wish I could produce something like that. Someday, maybe...

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  28. Absolutely beautiful - you & the dress! :)

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  29. It's darling and the lace treatment looks just professionally done! Really gorgeous job on this one! Fits you like a glove, design, color and fabric choice! Lovely work!

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  30. Oh, I love it, it looks stunning on you.

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  31. That dress is so gorgeous on you! I was looking at red chantilly lace in a department store this evening and thinking about how your creation was going.

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  32. So pretty!!! I have some turqouise lace of my own and have been wondering what to do with it.... this dress looks like a fabulous idea. Kudos on a beautiful gown. :):):)

    Lory.

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  33. Why! The first thing came to mind when I looked at your first picture was Michelle Williams! I meant this in a good way.

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  34. Wonderful Gertie! The colour suits you so well - bet everyone was jealous of your dress ;)

    Best wishes for the new year!
    Sarah

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  35. you look great in the dress. if you can't dress up for the holidays when can you? the ruffle is a great way to compromise between skirt and petticoat. Happy New Year.

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  36. Absolutely Fabulous! You made all the right decisions, it's just beautiful on you.

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  37. Beautiful - and very you!! Yes, I agree with the assertion that it is a process!

    I would say in New York you would not have been overdressed, but perhaps in certain parts of the South. . . and dare I say, Florida! I think you look tres chic! Perfect outfit.

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  38. Hey Gertie!! Your dress is fabulous! I got to see it up close and in person the other day (pre-christmas!) at Sewing Studio and it was lovelier in person! :)

    The color is fabulous on you too! I especially loved the neckline details and the puffy underskirt!

    It fit perfectly too!

    Hope you had a lovely holiday and a great new year to come!

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  39. Oooohhhh! I love it! Very Mad Men.

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  40. It's a beautiful dress and I love that you felt over-dressed but didn't care - I'm such a chicken in that department these days! Happy new year, all the best for 2011.

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  41. Gosh what a beautiful dress - it really does suit you!

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  42. Stunning dress! Pattern, Lace fabric - everything works together perfectly! You look fabulous!

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  43. Hi Just wanted to say I love the dress it reminds me of the red dress Anna Friel wore for the promotion of Pushing Daises.
    TC x

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  44. I LOVE this. I think that with your pale skin, going with the red on red was a good choice. It looks fabulous. And the practical silhouette tones down the fussiness of the lace nicely. It's dressy enough without going over the top. Nice work!

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  45. What basic pattern did you use for this dress? I've been in love with the dress Michelle Williams wore since I first saw it. The cut is fabulous, and I really want to make one like this. Thank you!

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  46. I'll ditto another person's comment: this looks like a total knockoff of Anna Friel's Pushing Daising dress - and I mean that in a good, I'm utterly jealous, type of way.

    Great job, awesome dress!

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  47. Howdy, fellow crafty lady! You've got SKILLS! We love vintage style and that DIY attitude so you can consider us fans and followers. xx Cheers from Ontario, Canada!

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