Lace dresses have been all the rage these past couple of years. I'm happy to say that I have made my own little lace dress too!
For the last couple of years I have only been creating garments/accessories/decor stuff using stash patterns and stash fabrics. This one is no exception. This dress is based on Butterick 6771 (published in 2000) and with a red moderate stretch lace that has been in my stash for at least 8 years. It was one of those off-cuts in a cheapy bin. I made the short dress with a redrafted neckline and no sleeves. I was going to add sleeves but hubby said it looked better without sleeves.
I chose size 12 but it was a little loose. Knits are all different in stretchiness so I was happy that it has a centre back seam which allowed me to tailor the dress a little more instead of just tweaking the fit with the 2 side seams. The dress came together very quickly. I would have loved to use clear elastic to stablize the neckline and armholes but the shininess of the elastic was showing through the lace so I opted to just fold it back and stitched on top. The stitching is very obvious to me but hubby said he wouldn't have noticed if I didn't point it out.
I was going to lined the whole dress with this gold moderate stretch knit but I wanted more versatility for the dress. Without a sewn in lining, I could wear the dress with a black slip or a nude slip underneath.
The dress is very comfortable (that's why I like knits!!) and easy to wear. I'm sure it packs very easily too. Now I have a new Red Lace Valentine's dress to wear! I just have to arrange for some babysitting for Valentine's Day......