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Pretty, huh?
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.

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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.

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First thing I did was grab my seam ripper. And pull the lace, lining, and elastic apart.

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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.

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Cut and sew the side seams of the lining

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Repeat with the lace.

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Next I cut arm holes. I cut them just like on a pillowcase dress.

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Next I put the lace and lining back together with wrong sides facing each other. Baste the edges of the top and armholes

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Pin the elastic to the top on the lining side.

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Stitch.

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Fold the elastic down and top stitch close to the bottom edge of the elastic.
It'll look like this on the front side.

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Serge the arm holes.
If you don't have a serger you can  zigzag stitch  the edges.

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Fold the arm hole edge down and stitch close to the serged edge.

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With the extra fabric I cut off earlier I made straps for the dress.
I cut 2 rectangles 4" wide and 6" long.
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I didn't take pictures of the rest, but here's what I did.
I stitched  the straps to the front of the dress.

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I had Aiyanna put it on and I pinned the straps to fit correctly then stitched the straps in place.
 
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Gosh that's so cute! And I agree, we do not see lace enough anymore :D
Gorgeous! Your projects are making me wish I had more ruffles and lace in my life.