Not to be downer but winter can get pretty bleak, my blog had fallen by the wayside and sewing practically stopped. But the sun
It might not come as a surprise that this dress was inspired by the latest Alexa Chung collection. Incase you missed it I waxed lyrical about it here.
If you had read my post I was completely in love with this dress.
As soon as I saw it I fell in love with this lace dress. I loved the cape and high neck. Now my version is a very loose interpretation. There’s no high neck and no cape but there are big sleeves that are basically cape like.
As soon as I saw this lace fabric on Sew Crafty I knew I had to use it for this project.
I already had the Simplicity 8292 and knew it would be the perfect fit.
Now for this project I made view c. I would say that this version came up quite short (I’m almost 5ft 8) and also came up quite big.
Despite coming up big across the top, for this lace version I quite like the relaxed fit. It stops this quite formal fabric from being too stuffy. However, I would say that with the empire line it’s not the most flattering.
But let’s be honest we’re really here to the sleeves and these are killer, both in looks and in time you have to spend hemming them.
Because I wanted to give this dress a slightly undone look and stop it looking prim and proper, I decided to overlock the sleeve hem and leave it. I think it works with the lace but I probably wouldn’t do it with anything else.
Overall I like this dress and love this fabric. Styling wise I like the juxtaposition between the girly and more masculine pieces like a camo jacket and a casual pair of trainers. But the nice thing about this dress is it can easily be dressed up with a pair of heels. Perfect day to night if that’s your thing.
I might not make this pattern again, I’d probably just use the sleeves on a different pattern because they are banging. However, I do really like this dress and think I will get lots of use of it during the summer and moving into winter.