Lace Holiday Dress

Lace Holiday Dress

Look! I sewed myself a dress for the endless number of fancy holiday soirees/parties I’ve been invited to!! KIDDING. So much kidding. My holidays are so low-key these days, what with it being impossible to find a babysitter on New Year’s Eve, and the fact that most of the family get-togethers I go to involve ordering pizza and drinking box wine and chasing around a toddler. So…not a lot of fanciness in my future. Womp-womp, toddler mama, so lame. It doesn’t matter though, I am happy with this dress, and I swear, I will find somewhere to wear it out. I love it with this wooden scissor pendant (below) that Wendy sent me, though there’s something kind of fun and funky about putting bright yellow (above) with it too, don’t you think?

Lace holiday dress

The thing that makes me swoon about this dress is not the design, which is fairly straightforward (I mixed up some patterns, including Isla, the Washi sleeve, and used the neckline from Astoria), but the natural-toned stunning stretch lace fabric.  I impulse-bought 2 yards of it from Anita at Sew to Speak quite a while back, so it’s not available anywhere anymore as far as I know. It took me a long time to figure out what to make with it owing to its sheerness (I’m wearing it with a full length nude slip in these pics), but I finally took the plunge and went for it. Stashbusting, yeah!

Lace holiday dress

This fabric was not easy to sew with, I’m not gonna lie. I used my serger to finish all of the edges before sewing them together so they wouldn’t ravel, and even then I had to go back and darn a few spots where the fabric started to come apart. I finished the neckline with fold-over elastic, and used the lowest ruffle on the bottom edge of the fabric as the hem for the skirt and sleeves so I wouldn’t need to hem it.

Lace holiday dress

Anyway, here’s hoping for some fun date nights soon so I can wear this baby out!

Full disclosure: MIY Collection/Wendy Ward and Sew to Speak are both past sponsors of this blog. I think they are awesome and would not have mentioned them in this post if I thought otherwise!! 

17 thoughts on “Lace Holiday Dress

  1. So cute! I also have nowhere to wear fancy things, but that won’t stop me from making a cream-gold metallic pleated skirt!
    Sometimes it’s the making that’s worth it, and not the wearing.

  2. I love your dress Rae! It’s that old fashioned look of lace in a simple yet chic design using the ruffle for hems. It’s just the sort of dress I would love to wear for “special” occasions but like you I don’t have a bunch of those and I’m very much into making what I ACTUALLY wear these days 🙂 Following the “Curated Wardrobe” has really helped me to zero in on what I wear and plan my sewing more around that but that doesn’t mean I can’t swoon over a beautiful dress 🙂

    • Thanks, Kathleen!! I have been trying a more curated approach to what I make this year too. It does help increase the wearability of the things I make, to be sure (and I’m OK with the occasional slip-up. 🙂

  3. This dress is amazing…a favorite of all of your amazing work. Love love love….and love that you mix and match patterns….it’s like you are a cook with fabric. 😉

    • Aww SHANDA!!! Thanks, my friend. You are the sweetest. I love the cook analogy, it is very much like that!! A little of this, a little of that…

      Hope to see you soon!!

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