Sunday, March 03, 2013

MSN Lace Challenge - Part One

For the month of March the initial nine bloggers at MSN have been challenged to use lace, any type, for their garment. I've been pondering, thinking and worrying about what garment to make and how to use lace.

My first idea was to copy a Dolce & Gabbana dress that I found online...



But the desire to interpret that garment faded when I found this Oscar de la Renta dress at Neiman Marcus...





Close up of lace dress

The silhouette is similar to the D&G dress but the lace that Oscar used is what caught my eye.  See I've made several lace pieces before...








However, I've never made one using Guipure Lace.  One reason being the price ~ because it ain't cheap!  The second was because I'd only thought of Guipure Lace used in formal dresses and wedding gowns.  Even though the outfit that I'm planning is a little on the dressy side, there has been so much lace of all types showing up in designer and regular RTW lately, that I decided to go for it.

Here are the fabrics that I'm using for my interpretation minus the peach silk charmeuse (for the lining) that I still have to purchase...


Wool Tweed & Guipure Lace in Peach

This will be my Easter Dress.  The good thing about it is that it won't be too dressy to wear to church where you can rarely be overdressed.  Okay a ball gown might be a little over the top there but otherwise dressy works.

I will start with my TNT dress as the basis.  However, after taking Susan Khajie's lace class at Mood NYC there will be a lot more handwork in this dress than in the two pictured above.  That's just one of the techniques that I learned during that class that I will incorporate into the making of this dress/outfit.

A coat may also make an appearance...not sure if it will be a part of the Mood garment or added later on.  It depends upon how much time I have but since Easter is the last Sunday in March, I'm sure it will be a little chilly.  I'm starting on the dress today, cutting out the wool tweed.  The plan is to use the back seaming of the CK Dress and my regular dress front with side darts.  Next up will be more construction info...

...as always more later!




33 comments:

  1. OMG!!!! The dress you're copying is just gorgeous!!!! And I love your fabric..cannot wait to see your interpretation!!!

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  2. I made a wedding dress for my SIL with guipure lace a few years ago and I loved working with it. You can clip it apart in between motifs and make it mold to your figure. BTW- how much woll tweed did you get? I can see a cardigan jacket to go over the dress and make almost a Chanel suit. Many of her designs had a dress that looked like a skirt and blouse.

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  3. wow wow wow! This dress is going to be GORGEOUS!

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  4. This is going to be gorgeous,I love the colors you've chosen.

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  5. Great fabric combination. Lovely lace, peach is one of my favorite colors.

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  6. A dress and a coat - Wow. That would be amazing to own and to wear. Peach is a great colour choice. It's warm and attractive.

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  7. I'm planning a lace garment too so I will gatecrash the lace party! My fabric is nowhere near as stunning as yours though, and the inspiration picture is gorgeous too.

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  8. Sounds exciting! love the fabrics. Anxious to see final product!

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  9. Amazing fabric! What a treat to sew on such special textiles.

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  10. Gorgeous inspiration dress, gorgeous fabric - I just cannot wait to see it.

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  11. That dress is amazing, the fabric is amazing, and I KNOW your rendition with be amazing!!!! Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  12. I adore the inspiration dress. Lovely!(where do you find time to look through catalogs/magazines?) and I'm looking foward to seeing your results.

    Rose in SV

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  13. Your fabric choice is way better than in the original. This will be such a beautiful dress for Easter. Happy Sewing!

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  14. Purdy, purdy, purdy! Can't wait yo see the finished dress!

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  15. What a beautiful Easter dress that's going to be!

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  16. Wow! Just wow. Now I'm having second thoughts. I just love your inspiration dress. And, that lace! Seriously. Wow.

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  17. I really love this fashion blog! <3 Maybe we could follow each other on Bloglovin and/or GFC?

    Please leave me a comment on my blog and I will follow you!

    http://kstylick.blogspot.com

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  18. What gorgeous colours. I've never sewn Guipure lace, either. Looking forward to following along!

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  19. Wow!!! That's going to look amazing. And you can never go wrong with using Oscar de la Renta as an inspiration. He is one of my absolute favorites.

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  20. Gorgeous inspiration dress! Cant wait to see yours, it will be beautiful with the peach.

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  21. ohh i cannot wait... your lace garments are making me go direct for lace fabric shopping...

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  22. I'm looking forward to following the construction of this dress! You are using beautiful fabric and design.

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  23. What a gorgeous dress. I can't wait to see your interpretaion. And it is perfect for Easter.

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  24. Your pictures and fabric stir up creativity in us! Txs!

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  25. Oh, I love that! The contrast between the chunky lace and the tweed is going to be outstanding. Waiting and watching!

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  26. That is such a gorgeous dress and your fabric colour choice is just beautiful. I can't wait to see your finished dress.

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  27. I agree with everyone here...this is one GORGEOUS dress!

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  28. Carolyn, I've been drooling over that pink lace dress since I saw it last month. I too have been thinking about making one similar to it. Maybe I'll jump on this lace sew along with you guys. A new Easter dress, plus I'd have something to show at my couture group meeting this month. Just the nudge I needed. Thanks.

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  29. Carolyn, I've had problems leaving comments on some of your recent posts. I finally got into this one by opening the comment page in a new tab. Anyway, I'm glad I'm in! First of all I love your 2013 sewing projects. All are such winners. (The Day 59 recap post was one where I couldn't leave a comment, so I put it here.)

    I'm going to follow your lace project with great interest and not just a little envy. I may have to steal that Oscar de la Renta inspiration dress idea. Gorgeous. I know you'll do it proud.

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  30. Oscar's dress is fab. I'm sure whatever you sew will be equally brilliant. I too am thiking of the Easter outfit - so many services to attend as well as the choir robes needing to be perfect.

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  31. Gorgeous: fabrics, inspiration, plans and ideas. Will be stunning I'm sure!

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  32. Love the Oscar de la Renta dress. So glad you decided to make an interpretation of this outfit. Can't wait to see the finished garment.

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  33. Your work with lace is incredible. I love all of these outfits. Makes me want to go back to doing a lot of lace work myself. Your creativity seems limitless. Keep up the great work!

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