Everyone needs a lace dress in their wardrobe, whether it is full, tight, loose, or boxy, they are classic. For today’s tutorial I made a boxier version, that hugs my hips. I love how it turned out and was shocked at how easy and straight forward it was. There isn’t much hemming, measuring, or sewing at all. And if you decide not to make lining underneath, it could make a great swimsuit cover up! Pictures by Corey.
dress: self-made / shoes: 7 for all mankind / purse: thrifted
lace (preferably something with a little bit of structure, but not too stiff)
-1.5 yards to 3 yards depending on the width (I used 45″ width lace (selvedge to selvedge) so I only needed a yard and a half)
lining (same amount as the lace)
1. Use a boxy top or dress and lay it out on top of your lace. Cut it out mimicking the sleeves (only if short sleeves). measure your hips, ad 5 or so inches (the more you add the looser it will be). Make sure that will be the width of the bottom of the dress. If you are cutting out the fabric with just a top, then use your length from shoulder to knee and taper from your chest to the opening measurement. Sew up the sides and the shoulders.
2. Repeat with the lining, making it just a little tighter. Sew up the sides and the shoulders
3. Cut the neckline lower and hem the neckline and the sleeves. Makibg sure that the lace will poke out further than the lining to create that lacey edge.
4. hem the bottom of the lining to be a shorter than the lace will be.
5. Turn the lining and the lace right side out (try it all on and make sure it is how you want it to be fitted. Then match up the shoulder seams and hand sew the seams together on the seam line so it will be a little hidden.
6. Do the same under the armpit area.
7+8. Trim the bottom of the dress, the sleeves, and the neckline to follow the lace pattern.