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keh123
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Date: 8/12/13 12:08 PM

Hello! I am a novice sewer, but I am feeling ambitious would like to try to re-create this dress: http://www.harveynichols.com/womens/categories-1/designer-dresses/day/s441202-lace-dress.html?colour=GREEN, worn by Kim Sears at the Wimbledon game this year.

I feel like a shift dress wouldnít be too hard for me, but Iíve never worked with lace before (cotton lace) or tried to do a lined garment (I would like to just make a slip separate from the lace overlay). Anyway, Iíve found a pattern that looks perfect: http://vintagepatterns.wikia.com/wiki/Simplicity_6535 (in the ď1Ē style) but Iím worried Iíll have trouble because it doesnít come with instructions for a slip.

I found a Colette pattern for a shift dress that could work, because it comes with instructions for a sheer fabric with slip, but no button placket in the front which is what I really want. http://www.colettepatterns.com/shop/laurel

Can anyone offer any advice on this? Any help is much appreciated!

Thank you!

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Date: 8/12/13 1:46 PM

Hi keh123. It looks like that Simplicity pattern placket is really just trim - a strip of fabric w/ buttons on it.

I haven't tried the Colette patterns, but I've read that they have good instructions. And she has some nice tips on her website. The one review of the pattern you selected is favorable.

So my 2 cents is go with the Colette, take advantage of the instructions, and you can get help adding a faux placket if you want.

Perhaps someone else can post a pattern that has a functioning placket, as an alternative, but I vote for the Colette pattern. It says it comes with some style variation ideas for you as well.

You probably want to make it in a non-lace fabric first, so make certain you are happy with the fit, before trying it with your lace fabric.

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Date: 8/14/13 0:52 AM

It's gorgeous!

Either pattern is really cute. I've also seen people use the free Ruby slip pattern to make a slip for sheer dresses. http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.hk/2011/12/ruby-slip-free-pattern-and-sew-along.html

I've used Colette a lot (5 garments so far from 3 different patterns) although not the Laurel. They're my favorite pattern company for their great instructions and the fact that their garments actually fit the size listed on the chart (no ridiculous amounts of ease). However, they draft for a C-cup so if you aren't one, you'll probably have to alter. I've heard the Laurel is actually one of their more difficult patterns in terms of altering it to fit properly.

Like AnneM mentioned, there are different variations available on the Colette website. One of them is a faux placket made of lace. They show it running down the entire front but you could easily make it shorter to match the look of the inspiration dress.

You sound pretty confident, I'd recommend doing a google search on the Laurel if you use it to find out what issues people have encountered with fitting. Also I think a muslin is a must for either pattern before cutting into beautiful lace, and possibly a good fitting book. Good luck and I hope you post a picture when you are done, I'd love to see how it comes out as I'm thinking about a lace Laurel myself!
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