This is my new favorite dress. I love that it's very vintage looking, yet is very fashionable. A lacy maxi dress....what's not to love?! I fell in love with this dress as I was making it. I'm not a Momma that likes to be all match-y with my daughter, but if I could find that lace I would make myself an identical dress in heartbeat.
Go raid your closet for a lacy skirt.
The one I used was tiered, but it doesn't have to be. I just like it because it adds fullness which makes it twirly.
First thing I did was grab my seam ripper. And pull the lace, lining, and elastic apart.
Then I measured my daughters chest to see how wide it needed to be.
I measured from the middle of the lining and marked where it needed to be cut.
Cut and sew the side seams of the lining
Repeat with the lace.
Next I cut arm holes. I cut them just like on a pillowcase dress.
Next I put the lace and lining back together with wrong sides facing each other. Baste the edges of the top and armholes
Pin the elastic to the top on the lining side.
Fold the elastic down and top stitch close to the bottom edge of the elastic.
It'll look like this on the front side.
Serge the arm holes.
If you don't have a serger you can zigzag stitch the edges.
Fold the arm hole edge down and stitch close to the serged edge.
With the extra fabric I cut off earlier I made straps for the dress.
I cut 2 rectangles 4" wide and 6" long.
I didn't take pictures of the rest, but here's what I did.
I stitched the straps to the front of the dress.
I had Aiyanna put it on and I pinned the straps to fit correctly then stitched the straps in place.
Then I made some fabric flowers out of a thrift-ed silk curtain and sewed them onto the one shoulder. On the other shoulder I made a bow with satin ribbon.
That's it! Enjoy!!!