Lace and applique border
Close up of lace border
It arrived Friday evening. I brought it in from the garage when I got home from my Mood Dinner Date and planted it on the cutting table. I opened it Saturday afternoon and I knew the minute I pulled it from the box that it was never going to make it to the fabric shelves! I also knew that it needed to be made up in a simple silhouette so that the lace was emphasized. To make it work wearable, I decided to leave the lace embellishment at the hemline. Now I know that they are showing more lace for work gear but I've got to be careful when, where and how I wear lace to my day job.
After going back and forth over whether to make a skirt or a dress, of course a dress won out...and not any dress pattern but another version of my TNT dress.
It's raining out today and I wanted a few outside shots
Polyester crepe with lace trim from Anna Sui
22" black invisible zipper
First a discussion of this fabric. It's not one of those high quality feels like silk polyesters. This is one of those hard-wearing, iron-like polyesters. I'm excusing the quality of the fabric because of the embellishment. Also because this dress won't wrinkle, it's great for days when I sit a lot...and on those days when I have several meetings...I do a lot of sitting.
I thought I would add a lining to the dress but after working with the fabric, I realized that this polyester dress doesn't need a lining for several reasons. One, you won't be able to see through it because the fabric is medium weight with no opacity. Two, I'm hot quite a bit of the time now, another layer of fabric will just make me hotter which means that I won't wear the dress often. Three, a slip will work just fine underneath the dress, if I feel I need the coverage.
The only challenge I experienced in making the dress was the dress' hemline. Why was it a challenge? Because the lace is not attached to the dress at the selvage so to serge finish the side seams, I left the sides unattached about three inches from the hemline. Then I hemmed the black polyester fabric about an inch from the lace's hem. Next I trimmed the lace hem to match at the sides. Hem is finished...not a great hem...but a workable hem.
This dress was an easy, down and dirty sew. A lot of bang for the buck from a TNT pattern and a great embellished fabric. Of course, this is not a part of my "The City in Winter" collection but a little detour that is good for the creative soul...and a wonderful new dress for work!
A few more pics of the dress...
Dress other side
Dress with RTW Cardigan
My next piece will be from the collection. I thought I would work on the Vogue dress but I'm not sure...so stay tuned to see what comes out of the sewing machine next.
...as always more later!