60s Style Mini Dress

Last night was Geelong Malanka, (a Ukrainian New Years Eve celebration). This Malanka party is fairly relaxed & so the dress code is more semi-formal, the girls tend to wear short party dresses & the boys in a nice shirt & tie or maybe a suit. This is the dress I wore, these pics were taken in the hotel before we left.

I bought the sequined & embroidered lace when I was in Shenzhen last August. Given the fairly ostentatious design of the lace I wanted to have something fairly simple, so I went with as 60s style mini shift dress. Here’s a few detail shots of the lace.

In order to get the pattern matching up (somewhat) at the seams & darts I had to do a bit of applique work. For instance in the picture below half of the blue flower was originally trapped in the dart. It looked really weird so I cut out the flower from another bit of lace and hand-stitched it in place.

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6 comments… add one

  • Elegant and mod at the same time. And I ilike the length just fine. Really, Really Beautiful use of the lace! _lisa

  • First, that is beautiful, gorgeous, lovely fabric! Second, the style you chose I think was perfect to showcase this lovely fabric.

  • Wow! I can't get over how amazing that fabric is!

  • I just love this – so elegant.

  • This is pretty and the fabric is unbelievable!

  • chic and sexy- looks fab on you.


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