Here's my lace overlay dress I've been working on using White Tree Fabrics duchess satin and floral lace. McCalls 6028 seemed the best fit for the lace dress idea on my Pinterest board.
I enjoy working with lace and it seems to be everywhere these days. The duchess satin is firm enough and creates a defined shape without clinging to your body.
So the key to making this dress look great was to mirror the lace edges evenly, after getting a great dress fit.
Balancing the curves is a key of this dress. The lace I used had a flower just inside the curve that I decided to use as the balance.
I've used blue lace on blue satin so it's hard to see but it's there.
Waistband and neckline
The waist band wasn't my initial plan but I added the waistband so you can't see the lace join.
The waistband make the lace look consistent and continuous, especially for someone my height.
The neckline on the pattern is round so I've drafted it to a high v-neckline and adjusted the lining to suit is.
The sleeves were a small challenge too. A small change because I placed the lace flower on the same spot on both sleeves.
I've used bias binding for the sleeve seams and then whip stitched them to the dress facing so from the outside you see more sleeve and less seam allowance.
This lace is so impressive in real life. I think it deserves a light colour satin to really show the lace detailing. I'll keep that in mind for the lace remnant I have.
I placed a sparkly buttons at the top of each sleeve, just for the effect.
While this satin seams only needs overlocking, I did under stitch and hand stitch the neckline facing.
The sleeve seam is hand stitched to the bodice so you see more lace that seam allowance. The hems and sleeve seam allowances are bias bound.
I enjoyed the slow hand stitching of the skirt lace overlay to the skirt satin.
Basically I have a few formal dinners coming up and I now have a lovely dress I can wear and know it fits well.