I don’t know about outside of the UK, but here our shops are awash with the customary lace dresses in preparation for the oncoming festive season. I imagine else where it is the same. Personally I feel a good lace dress is a timeless classic you can just pull out of your wardrobe year in, year out. Having already made a cream lace dress earlier this year (Vogue 8766), I decided to make a black version using New Look 6143, which I picked up recently in the New Look pattern sale. This was the dress I made for my birthday (it was on Friday) and coincidentally have also entered it in the LBD contest over on PR.com (hence the different styling shots).
Here are some of the versions I used as inspiration currently available. Prices range from £170 – £130 so I am quite happy that I saved myself a considerable amount of money when making mine!
Misses’ dress with pleated flared skirt has round bias-bound neckline, tie belt or back tie options and can be made sleeveless or with cap or 3/4 length sleeves. Dresses D and E have contrast front yoke.
I made view D with sleeves from view B.
10 – 22 – I made my usual size for the bodice, grading out to a size larger for the skirt. I also cut shorter sleeves.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes I think so.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes they were, but I did deviate from them somewhat.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I appear to be the first person that has reviewed this pattern, so I don’t know if it is just me (or my choice of fabric – see below), that contributed to this, but I don’t like the way the front neck is too wide and doesn’t quite sit right. I suspect this may be due to my fabric choice.
I really do like the contrast yoke option and I would consider making this dress again maybe using a more obvious contrast yoke choice.
Black corded lace fabric with corded and scalloped edge and a tan coloured acetate underlining/ lining fabric.
Unfortunately when I came to cut this lace fabric I realised that it actually has some amount of stretch to it. My machine did not like sewing this lace for whatever reason, and I ended up using my walking foot for most of the sewing.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- I omitted the facing instruction in the pattern and decided to instead apply a full lining to the bodice part of the dress (except the front yoke).
- I omitted the bias binding at the end of the sleeves – there was no need for me to do this due to the scalloped edge finish to the lace.
- Like wise I did not have to hem the skirt due to the scalloped edge finish to the lace.
- I mainly used french seams and a hong kong finish to neaten the edges at the waistline and at the zip opening. (I didn’t like how the pattern suggested to just join the skirt part to the bodice!)
- I inserted a partially exposed zip to the rear of the dress using a tutorial from the pattern runway website.
- I disregarded the patterns instructions to make the bias binding for the neckline, and instead used ready made satin bias binding to finish. With hindsight my lace may not have been able to support the weight of the binding (coupled with the stretch in the lace): I would love to hear anyone’s thoughts on this, especially as I would like to make this dress again maybe with a mesh contrast yoke.
- I added thread belt loops using this tutorial.
- I also used the same thread belt tutorial to make lingerie straps in an attempt to rectify the neck gaping.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes. I would make the contrasting yoke more obvious next time: I think it is a nice design feature. BUT I would need to get over the neck problem!
If you are mad on Mad Men styling then this is the pattern for you. Easy to make and love the cute sweet heart contrast yoke detail.