A few months ago I was in a fantastic fabric store in Minnesota and found oodles of fun trims and lace panels. I bought several pre-made lace panels for about $3 a piece and didn't have immediate plans for them. But one just kept saying 'pick me' each time I thought about a white dress for one of the girls...and it finally got a chance to be used.
I think the panel must have been from a woman's shirt or dress, but the proportion seemed perfect to me when appliqued on the front of this plain, boxy, shapeless dress.
I basically cut a basic sleeveless dress out of muslin and then cut a second dress in a very light, sheer fabric. The sheer dress is cut a little wider in the body and the two are sewn together around the neck and arms. The lace panel was then sewn on top of both.
When I originally tried it on Isa, I loved the lines of the front, but decided to do something fun in the back and cut it into a low v shape. I am in LOVE with the back of this dress!
The lace ends just around the curve of each shoulder, which seems perfect. I don't know what that lace was originally meant to be, but it works quite well on this dress, I think.
Like any good 1920's outfit, accessories can be added to it, like cozy fur. The fur below is just an ultra soft faux fur from Hancock Fabrics.
Have you made anything inspired by the 1920's or Downton Abbey yet? If not, find some inspiration and pattern suggestions here, and come back tomorrow where you'll meet the bloggers who will be joining in the fun and showing you their inspirational looks next week, as well as get the details on all the giveaways that will be happening starting Monday. Don't miss it. #downtonsewing