Today we are thrilled to bring you an amazing make from Amanda at Sew Deputy. This dress was inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge's appearance at Wimbledon last month and is such a pretty, fresh Summer dress. What we really love about this dress is the way Amanda has used the scalloped edges for a hemline. She also attempted to use the scallops on the sleeves, but not everything went according to plan so this make is a great example of how you can still succeed even if things don't go right the first time. Amanda wore this dress during a day out and has named it The Leeds Lace Dress. We love it! Here's the make in full.
This is the most beautiful dress I have EVER sewn. I think I could get married in it!!
The fabric is a Guipure lace from Whitetree Fabrics, which was complimentary as a member of the Blog team. It is just beautiful to sew with and so if you are thinking of having a go this is a good lace to start with.
I decided to use another of my favourite patterns The Navy Squiggle Dress as I thought it would really show off the lace, particularly the beautiful scalloped hem.
I cut the pieces out and rather than add a lining I bought myself an underskirt I could wear underneath. I used a normal sewing stitch on 1.5cm and then cut quite close to the seam and zig-zagged it. I had been so careful with my cutting out that the pieces matched exactly! Which was a bonus at the hem line. I changed the skirt slightly and instead of gathering I added six pleats to the front and back. I completely made up the bodice before I did this and then made sure it was exactly the same size to sew on. I added a 7inch invisible zip and it has hidden so well into the seam line.
I really wanted to use the scallop hem for the edge of the sleeves but had to cut them smaller than the pattern as I did not have enough scalloping. I inserted them into the dress and tried it on. They looked great but I could not move my arms up or down! Seeing as I really loved the rest of the dress I felt it would perhaps make me not want to wear it, so I painstakingly took them out and cut new ones without the scallop.
This time I went the opposite way and cut the biggest size sleeve so they are too big now! However, I decided if anyone saw this dress they would not think for a minute I had made it because the fabric is just so beautiful , and so it must therefore be a design feature!
After wearing the dress today on a day out into Leeds I think maybe I need to bind the hem inside the sleeve as it does show when I move my arms. I used bias for the neck and the sleeve hems. We went for lunch in Leeds and decided the Town Hall and Civic Hall were good places to get some dress shots…..makes a change from the fuschia bush! (Note from WhiteTree - we like the fuchsia bush!!)
Pattern: New Look 6723
Fabric: 2metres of guipure lace from WhiteTree Fabrics
Notions: bias binding, 7inch concealed zip
Changes?? Next time I would make sure I had enough fabric for scalloped hem sleeves!