emerald and sapphire

I chose these fabrics from Selective Fine Fabrics in March when I did Susan Khalje’s guipure lace skirt workshop in Brisbane.

This dress pattern is New Look 6000.
We finally had a wedding to wear this dress to and this dress was so easy to wear.

Lace Guipure piecing
The hand sewing took many hours to do.

This shows the hand tacked seam lines I used on the fabric.
This photo gives you a glimpse of the lace matching work that I had to do so the back lace is uninterrupted and fits my shape.

There are over 15 snaps used along the centre back lace so that the lace sits over the centre back zipper.
The neckline piecing was nail-biting but worth doing.
All the techniques I learnt in Susan’s course have been used on at least 4 pieces I’ve made this year.

Now you know why working with guipure lace can be addictive.

The finished product will always be an original. Your original.

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Guipure brilliance

This has been my guipure lace year and it’s all because of the guipure lace skirt workshop I did in Brisbane with Susan Khalje.

Front dress finished

This little royal blue green version was all bought from Selective Fine Fabrics before I did Susan’s lace skirt workshop in March.

Back dress finished

The colours in these fabrics were too brilliant to pass.

This is the ‘almost’ finished front neckline. I harvested lace to complete the blue space.

I’ve used New Look 6000 to showcase this lace and its colour brilliance.

I did a fair amount of thread tracing to keep the lace in alignment horizontally and vertically.

Below is what thread tracing and hand stitching the lace to the fabric looks like.
This view shows the hand picked centre back zipper up close.
My original idea was to have a solid blue centre back but it would have taken away from the lace.

The lace design was too large to have a solid blue centre back.
What you see above is the centre back where the lace doesn’t quite meet up, so I had to ‘harvest’ pieces of lace to cover the blue trail.
This has the harvested lace to cover the blue spacing.
This side view shows you how I had to piece the lace to it flowed over my hips.
Here’s a close up of the hips lace shaping process.
Lots of pins and my trusty Prym shoulder ham helped.
I started this dress in April and I’ve been working on it while finishing off other projects. What I have realised is having breaks from this dress has helped me understand the lace pattern and have been able to make it work on this dress.

Slow sewing is worth it when it’s a gorgeous silk piece with amazing lace.

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