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Lazy Days Lace Dress

June 18, 2014 · 38 comments

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!

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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!

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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!

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Here’s my little dream cottage- so perfect!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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