As you are aware, I found the image for my brown/black laced back maxi on The Avenue. I wanted to copy the details onto one of my McCalls 6559 vacation maxis.
Here's how I did it ~
1. I cut a piece of the crochet fabric and laid it onto the dress' back piece after the center back seam had been sewn together.
2. I pinned it onto the piece and cut around it.
3. Then I flipped the crochet piece back and stitched it to the dress back with a 5/8" seam allowance.
4. Finally I cut the dress back piece away then serge finished the seam.
Yes you can see your bra straps through the back. I am wearing a grayish black bra here but I did it deliberately so that you could see the straps of the bra through the dress. Every other time that I've worn the dress, I've worn a black bra and it's gotten lost in the crochet lace. Or you could make the lace back a smaller area than I chose to do.
If you just want the lace illusion, leave the maxi dress' fabric under the lace. I would probably pick a print that's not as busy as mine so that the two pieces coordinate better.
The last thing I did was to bind the neckline in a thin black binding. The armholes are just folded under and topstitched down. Ta-da - you've knocked off some ready-to-wear and you've taken the McCalls 6559 maxidress to another level.
Thank you everyone for continuing to inquire after my daughter's health. She is doing amazingly one month later! When I see her every day looking happy and healthy it's hard to believe how sick she was just 30 days ago.
I've started to sew again. If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen the proof! I'm starting slow with a new dress but I've started an Inspiration Board on my computer that I will eventually move to Pinterest. I'm gathering ideas, patterns and fabrics and coming up with a list of garments I want to sew for fall.
I also stopped by Daytona Trimmings today and bought these trims for fall ~
Absolutely positively can't wait to use these! Yeap, I think the mojo is back!
...as always more later!