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Hi everyone! I know it has been a while since I posted about the projects that I have been working on. It has taken a few months to get my Sewing tutorials website and YouTube Channel on the ground, but now I have things set, I will be recording my sewing exploits here as always. I might even start a sewing vlog on YouTube.

So today I have this lovely lace dress I made last year for someone. The design comes from a ready made dress that she liked. It is a classic sleeveless, high neck dress with a circle skirt. I decided on a 3/4 circle skirt to reduce the volume. It is fully lined and has a cutaway back and the zipper is on the side.

This is the lace fabric and matching lining fabric. The lining was a bit too thin, but I managed.

I started with the pattern. The Back Bodice is on the  left. It is in two parts with the dart moved to the diagonal line that divides the upper and lower parts and into the cutout. The front bodice is just as drafted but the darts shall be gathered lightly. The front is also divided into two parts, with the lower bit forming the waistband.

Next I cut out all pieces from the lace fabric

Then I used those pieces to cut out the lining fabric

In addition, I also cut out waist ties from the lining fabric

For construction, the first step was to join the upper and lower back pieces

I also did the same for the back lining pieces

I attached the front and back pieces at the shoulders. That is, the front and back lace fabric, then the front and back lining fabric. Then placed the lining over the lace with right sides facing.

Here I joined the lining to the lace at the neck line first

Here I have turned it right side out. So the bodice is now one piece, but unfinished at the armholes, sides and waist

I also inserted the button loop while I sewed the neckline

Sorry for the fuzzy picture. I assembled the waist ties and the waistband here. The waist ties are two long strips that I folded in half lengthwise and sewed along the length, shaping the ends into an angle.

Here I sandwiched the front bodice in between the two waistband pieces, gathering the bodice to fit

To finish the armholes, I used the burrito method (for the first time) thanks to Violette Field threads Channel.

Moving on to the Skirt. With the remaining fabric, I folded it into 4 as if to make a full circle skirt, but folded up and cut off One layer, leaving behind 3 layers for the skirt.

Placed my template at the corner and cut the skit to the length I wanted

I used this to cut out the lining piece

The two skirt pieces were joined at the hemline which finished the hem. I then joined the bodice to the skirt and inserted the zipper and waist ties. Sorry no pictures available for that.

And this is the finished product! Thanks for reading and see you in the next article.

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