Afternoon tea at the five star Dorchester Hotel in London calls for a very special outfit! When one of our lovely bloggers Amanda booked her place for afternoon tea, she immediately called on us for her next project - she'd spotted the perfect lace to create the perfect dress. The lace is elegant, timeless and Amanda chose a classic Navy colour to create the dress she eventually named 'The Dorchester'. We think this dress is just wonderful! Here's the make in full:

The Dorchester

The Dorchester

This is another blog courtesy of more beautiful fabric from WhiteTree Fabrics.

It is my favourite pattern: The Anna Dress -By Hand London which I keep sewing… , here and even here! 

So it just had to be the dress to sew for Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester!

I did not use the pattern panels for the skirt, instead I cut the skirt slightly bigger and then added my own dart to match one of the pleats in the top.

The Dorchester

I also added a 9inch invisible zip into the seam, however, as the lace has a slight stretch I can get it on and off without using the zip! I used bias binding on the sides to sew the zip onto so I had some grip. A great effort and not even needed! The lace was easy to sew, I used a 1.5cm seam with a very slight zig-zag in it. I then cut the seam to within 0.5cm and then zig-zagged it so it looks overlocked. I used bias binding for the neck and sleeve edges. I hand stitched the bias binding once turned over so I did not damage the lace.

The Dorchester Dress

I had a blue cotton slip which I can wear underneath. I had enough lace to make a pashmina as I plan to wear this dress for a September wedding.

Fabric: 2m of blue large flower lace 

Pattern: Anna Dress

Notions: 9inch concealed zipper, navy bias binding,

Changes: I did not add panels to the skirt. I need to make it more fitted next time for a more flattering look!

Afternoon tea