So I am lucky enough to live in the greater Los Angeles area and have easy access to DOWNTOWN LA- where there is fabric galore!! I grabbed my children and my wonderful hubby and headed downtown LA because I wanted to buy some lace- to my wonderful amazement- it was only $3/yd AND it was 20% off- so I wanted to go ape and buy EVERYTHING! But… my husband kept me to my budgeted spending limit that I had set for myself. I spent $40 and I ended up with TONS of beautiful lace plus a lot more. These are the very fun projects that I made with the lace.
When I had originally made these clothes, I did not have my blog, so I was not taking pictures as I was going along…so I will try to explain how I made them as easy as possible without pictures.
The first dress I made with the lace was for my girlfriends wedding- I wanted a fun dress for a wedding and I wanted to design it myself. This was the real first piece that I made with out a pattern!!!!! I was soooooooo happy with how it turned out. With that being said- I want to encourage you to sew with out a pattern- it was easier than I had expected. I had wanted it to be similar to this dress-
I had no idea what the back of this dress looked like- but I knew how I wanted the back of mine to look and that is all that matters 😉
Here is the finished product of my dress-
I loved wearing my dress to the wedding- I knew no one else would have the same dress, I made it to fit perfectly for me and I got a ton of compliments!! Oh and my husband LOVED it on me too 🙂
The materials I needed were lace, a lining material, I chose a light cotton that was the same color as the lace and tulle- I bought the soft tulle, I should have bought the netting type of tulle- that would have made it more poofy but you live and you learn!
The skirt part was the easiest- measure how long you want your skirt part to be- and cut the same amount of lace, lining, and tulle for the skirt. Baste stitch them all together, gather to fit your body.
For the bodice, I got a tank top from my closet and used that as the pattern for my bodice- the back of the bodice, I wanted more a v-neck- so I changed that up once I got the pattern cut for my body size. I lined the front of my dress with the light weight cotton material, but I wanted my back to be all lace- so I didn’t need to have a lining for my back.
I measured my upper arm circumference because I wanted my sleeves to be tight- make sure you leave space to make your seam- a couture seam is 5/8 inch ( I read that from one of my betsy johnson patterns- so I am assuming that is accurate… haha) so make sure you calculate that when you are cutting your sleeves. I measured the arm hole of my bodice arm hole and made sure it measured the same as the arm hole for my sleeve so everything would fit in just right.
I did not want to have to hem the bottom of my sleeves, so I used the fabric wisely by cutting my sleeves so that the bottom of my sleeve would be on the finished edge of the fabric. That way you already have a beautiful finished sleeve.
Pin the side seams of the bodice together, right sides together, then sew.
Then you pin the skirt to the bodice, right sides together, then sew.
Sew your sleeves together, right sides together. Pin the sleeves to the bodice, right sides together, and sew- then all you need to do is hem the neck and the back of the neck and you are done!!!
The next dress I made was for my sons 1st birthday party- I grabbed a dress from my closet that I could easily use as a pattern. And cut out my dress from that. I wanted sleeves, so I cut out sleeves the same way as I did with the dress above. I wanted a ruffle on this dress as well- so I had some really cute light weight fabric that would be perfect for the lace color. For the ruffle, if you want it really ruffly than I always double the length of the skirt for the ruffle measurement. Once everything was cut- I got busy and I went to town- and I finished this dress in about 45 minutes. SUPER DUPER EASY!!!
The last piece that I made with the lace I bought is this fun cardigan-
I used the same kind of pattern as I did with the wraps- but this one I added sleeves to it and I added a lot of ruffle along the bottom of the wrap- so it turned into a cardigan style with a bustle. As you can see, the sleeves are very long- the end of the sleeve is tight so the material bunches together. I have long arms though too, so I make everything with LONG sleeves, if I put sleeves on 🙂
Thanks for reading my blog!! And I hope you are feeling creative to sew with OUT a paper pattern!!