If you don’t like lace you are definitely reading the wrong blog! I have yet another lace project to share with you and let me just warn you now- it is not going to be the last. This one comes in the form of an ivory cotton lace dress, with a flowing gypsy feel to it that I just love love love wearing. I love the look of the little nipped in waists of vintage fashion too, as you all probably know by now, but this summer I am all about the floaty! Comfy and not my pyjamas? Perfect!
I wore this on an evening stroll that we went on last night to have a snoop at a dreamy little cottage I keep spotting situated in fields of long grass and surrounded by trees. I have serious dreams for this little place- roses growing up the front, patchwork blankets in every room and a swing seat on a back porch where I can knit. Ah to dream… oh well- the next best thing was naturally take to Gatsby for a walk on the surrounding common, wearing a very comfy dress!
I self- drafted this from my dartless block because I knew I wanted it to be unfitted in style, and between you and me I am thinking that this will be one of the first PDF patterns I launch, perhaps with a tiered maxi-skirt option! I know this may sound crazy to some but I have plans to make one of these up from some vintage sheets, and failing that a nice floral Liberty tana lawn in soft faded colours that make it look like it has been worn and loved.
This lace is the softest floppiest cotton blend lace I have ever worked with and perfect for something like this that needs a nice lightweight fabric with a gentle drapey quality. I bought it from Whitetree fabrics who have kindly said I can offer all you lovely readers 20% with the code LITTLE TAILORESS. Be warned you will end up on that website for hours if you are a lace fan like me!
Construction wise this is super speedy to make up, I didn’t add a zip which is technically fine due to the loose fit and definitely saved time (and the cost of the zip) and is not a problem at all when putting the dress on- getting it off involves a pretty weird wiggly little dance however, especially as it is white and I am no stranger to makeup. I think my next version will include a side zip!
Here’s my little dream cottage- so perfect!
I lined the dress with some viscose lawn that I bought from Stone Fabrics. It is such lovely stuff I tried to phone up and order more but they were all out and had no way of sourcing any more. Has anyone found a good supplier of viscose that isn’t jersey?- I just love the way it behaves but can’t seem to find a decent steady supply of it. Don’t you think fabric sourcing is frustratingly unpredictable? I was once told by a gentleman on Goldhawk Road that the more popular a fabric currently is with clothing retailers the less likely they are to have any- stands to reason but highly irritating when the shops are filled with viscose dresses and lightweight denim shirts and those are the fabrics you are after!
Gatsby is entirely unconcerned with my viscose availability dilemma and had a splendid time frolicking in the long grass- lots of interesting new sniffs to be had!
I am wearing the dress with my Rag and Bone boots, my Cambridge satchel and my Oliver Bonas hat which I did have on occasionally to shade me from the late evening sun but it was surprisingly gusty and after a couple of times chasing it I gave up!
Are you a floaty of fitted kind of sewist this summer?
Thanks for reading!