Lace Dress Project – Pattern and Fabric

Thanks everyone for the positive feedback you all gave me in my last post concerning the inspiration for my lace dress. Majority of you were in favour of short sleeves, so, short sleeves it is.

Things are moving along swimmingly with this project. To be honest I am a bit scared of this project, but I have been having a lot of moral support from some of you, and some actual directions and advice on the construction of the dress. Claire and Melissa have given me valuable links to articles and tutorials on the form and structure of the dress, as well as how to underline. So I really do have nowhere to hide should things go pear shaped.

Now, for fabric choice. I bought 5.5 metres of John Kaldor lace. Yes, my dear old Johhny. Seriously, I should have a stake in John Kaldor fabrics. It normally retails for about £15 I think, or more ( John Lewis), but I found it on Goldhawk road for £12/metre…I’m cool right?  I bought 5.5 metres because I want to have some backup fabric should I mess up. I’m becoming such a thoughtful seamstress dontcha think?

I also bought satin, in two colours. I need you to help me decide which looks best. Blue or gold? I took pictures with both, the pictures look dodgy but hopefully, it should give you an idea of what the finished article would look like regarding the colour scheme.

For the pattern, I am using this Marfy pattern. It is what I loved best of all the patterns I saw.

For the bodice, I will use this Burdastyle pattern

I’m getting really excited about this project. I am still  gathering one or two bits which I will use for the project. Next up, is planning on how I want the form and structure to be. That will include the boning, underlining, lining, and whatever goes into a well constructed dress. I have been doing a lot of research, and it is quite fascinating the amount of time and thought that designers put into their creations.

Does anyone have any word of advice regarding the form and structure of a dress? Have you made something like this before? I would really appreciate all the advice I can get, so please, spill it.



  1. August 9, 2013 / 6:03 pm

    The blue satin looks tamer than the gold!!! Just me. Happy sewing Dibs 🙂

  2. August 9, 2013 / 6:27 pm

    I'm in favor of the blue satin, personally, but it depends on the level of contrast you're hoping to get. The lace is really gorgeous. Good job hunting down a deal on it!

  3. August 9, 2013 / 6:28 pm

    I like the way the lighter satin pops under the lace.

  4. jess
    August 9, 2013 / 6:28 pm

    I vote for blue …

  5. August 9, 2013 / 6:46 pm

    Anothervote for blue. Goodluck with it!

  6. August 9, 2013 / 6:53 pm

    Most of my favorite projects have started with a bit of fear and trepidation, so I feel like that is a good omen for you!

    I made a red silk satin and georgette dress about 2 years ago. Threads Issue #135 has an article by Susan Khalje on sewing an LBD's that was invaluable. You should be able to order a back issue on the website. There were also some other articles on hand stitching techniques and other helpful points. Susan has now made that article into a Craftsy class which you may also want to consider (hint: if you sign up for their emails, they send you sales/discounts on their classes). Good luck! I'm sure you'll do great!

  7. August 9, 2013 / 7:35 pm

    Hi there – I’ve awarded you the ‘Super Sweet Award’ – hope this is ok – you can find out all about it in the 6 August post on my blog.

  8. karen
    August 9, 2013 / 7:39 pm

    I vote for blue too! Interesting how the lace looks so different by changing the colour of the lining but I think the 2 shades of blue together give a lovely depth of colour and would make a very classy dress.

  9. August 9, 2013 / 8:33 pm

    I vote for the blue also….it's going to be a lovely dress.

  10. August 9, 2013 / 8:51 pm

    I love the contrast of the gold satin. It seemed like most of your inspiration dresses had a contrasting fabric too.

  11. Anonymous
    August 9, 2013 / 8:56 pm

    Definitely gold. The blue is a little too "bridesmaid" for me…

  12. August 9, 2013 / 9:16 pm

    Ooh I like the gold it really shows off the beautiful pattern on the lace. Either way though you'll look gorgeous

  13. August 9, 2013 / 9:26 pm

    I like the gold much better. It's unexpected and dramatic in a good way.

  14. August 9, 2013 / 9:44 pm

    When I saw the pictures, I wanted to shout BLUE! But then I read everyone's comments and had to do a double take. The gold is closer to your inspiration…mmmm, on the fence. But when visualizing it all put together, I'm still on Team BLUE!

  15. August 10, 2013 / 12:51 am

    I'm loving the blue lining. Very elegant. Can't wait to see how it goes with the Marfy pattern. I have a couple but haven't tackled them yet. That is an awesome design.

    Good luck and have fun!

  16. August 10, 2013 / 12:53 am

    I just noticed some of the comments about the gold…if it's closer to your original inspiration, how about a deeper gold closer to skin tone?

  17. August 10, 2013 / 6:59 am

    Definetly the blue combination!! Check out Julia Bobbins previous blogs sewing with lace and maybe the Bombshell Dress and Couture dress classes on might help with boning techniques you are seeking to do.

  18. August 10, 2013 / 7:34 am

    Gold for sure! It makes the lace a gorgeous feature!

  19. August 10, 2013 / 8:03 am

    Gold! It makes the lace stand out. I saw a black lace skirt lined in white and it looks fabulous! Your lace is gorgeous, I'm looking forward to seeing it come to life.

  20. August 10, 2013 / 6:10 pm

    I quite like the blue, but I think the gold would turn out lovely as well!

  21. August 11, 2013 / 2:10 am

    Hmmm, I think I like the blue best, but it will be lovely either way! You can do it!!!

  22. August 12, 2013 / 3:07 am

    Wowsers, that lace is spectacular! I vote the blue underlining. This is going to be an absolutely amazing dress!!

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