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Red Lace Wedding Guest Dress

May 15, 2013

This past weekend our friends got married in a gorgeous little ceremony on the Gold Coast.  When the wedding invitation first arrived I decided I would make myself a dress to wear.  I spent a while searching for inspiration and after getting some advice on twitter about where to get some nice red lace I picked up some gorgeous lace with a scalloped design from Darn Cheap Fabrics.  Now before I go on I must say the ladies from Darn Cheap were a massive help.  I had multiple emails with two lovely ladies and they sent me swatches of all the laces they had in stock.  Once I had decided I ordered via email and my fabric arrived the very next day.  Now I am not getting paid to say this I just love finding a great shop with affordable fabric and great service!  Now onto the dress….


red scalloped lace dress new look 6723 vintage simplicity 5343 gathered skirt

red scalloped lace dress new look 6723 vintage simplicity 5343 gathered skirt

The dress is a hybrid of two patterns.  The bodice is from vintage Simplicity 5343 and the skirt and sleeves came from New Look 6723.  I had used this bodice before when making my sewing dare dress and I knew that it fit well so I decided to use it again rather than having to fit the bodice from the New Look pattern.  Also, the new look bodice has princess seams and I didn’t feel like trying to match the lace on those seams.  As the skirt was partially gathered it was really easy to match it up to the alternate bodice.  I also lengthened the skirt pattern a little bit.


red scalloped lace dress new look 6723 vintage simplicity 5343 gathered skirt

red scalloped lace dress new look 6723 vintage simplicity 5343 gathered skirt

The dress is lined in a red cotton poplin.  After cutting all the pattern pieces I hand basted the lining and lace together and worked through construction as if they were one piece of fabric.  I took a lot of time on this one to make sure the insides were just as neat as the outside.  I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out!  I used bias binding the hem the lining and for the neckline.  The perfect finishing touch was the hand picked zipper which I finished sewing in at 9pm Friday night.  I am so happy with how this dress turned out and that I managed to get it finished in time.  For my first time working with lace I think I did pretty well!

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  1. What a lovely red lace dress – gorgeous fabric, you’ve shown it off beautifully – and it’s lovely to read your story as well as see the inside & finished outfit 😉

  2. I adore this dress. I’m not a good sewer, but admire it in others.

    My daughter is getting married next year, and your dress would be perfect for that event. Stylish, but with some modesty. I’m still kind of slim, but not like I used to be, so I really would prefer a dress with sleeves and a neckline that doesn’t plunge.

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