InstructionsI primarily used instructions from Susan's Crafty Class, "The Couture Dress". I did carefully cut the border off the fabric and applique it to the hem and the top edge of the bodice. At my daughter's request, I left the skirt unlined (except for the organza underlining). Horsehair braid is used at the hem to add fullness to the skirt.
Type of item: Clothing
Style: Romantic, Classic, Cute, Retro / Vintage
Yellow cotton eyelet border print, silk organza underlining, cotton batiste lining (bodice only).
What was your inspiration?
This dress was inspired by an Oscar de la Renta Dress in Vogue Magazine and Susan Khaje's couture dress in Threads #159.
What are you most proud of?
The detail and the fit. When Jessica has on the proper undergarments (which she doesn't in the photos), the fit of the bodice is perfect. I'm finding that I love the handwork, and the control you have when sewing by hand. The zipper is pick-stitched, and the lining is fell-stitched and then understitched with pick-stitching. It took some time to hand applique the border, but the result was well worth it.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Take Susan Khalje's Craftsy Course, "The Couture Dress." Practice your hand stitching techniques. Get creative and use your imagination.