My Christian Dior Lace Inspired Project

So, I became obsessed with a Threads article (I think January 2013) about a Christian Dior Lace dress.

InsideDior_lgHere it is.  It really is not my typical cup of tea…in fact, I have never owned or worn a lace dress.  But for some reason, I had to make it. Claire Shaffer did an amazing job detailing all of the design issues; how the seams were overcast on the edges and it made me keep thinking “I could do that!”

I could not find any pattern whatsoever that even remotely resembled something like this.  It has a bodice, dropped waist yoke and then a 3/4 flounce.  I had no idea what I was getting into so I studied non stop for three months about pattern draping/making and drafted a muslin, that fitted nicely and had the lines and flow I wanted.  I set about understanding how to back your lace with organza and here was the start; this is my bodice INSIDE OUT so you see the back darts, the centered invisible zipper (cute, huh?, it is lace from ZPRZ I think).

dior2I got a bit ahead of myself.  Underneath all of this lace is a slip.  Two layers, one of nude chiffon and a second of black chiffon.  The mix of the two softens and serves as a slip that does not overtake the lace dress. Here are some shots of the slip.  If you are wondering why the straps look like an awful color, oddly enough this color provides the perfect camouflage and can not be seen under the dress. It is a gauze fabric from Mood.

dior4dior3aSo, the dress came together somewhat successfully, although I am sure I need more practice on the seams and attaching the “undulating” yoke and flounce! But you know what, I learned a heck of a lot and that is what we are doing this for right?  Passion, learning, and then having a finished product that we love, and at the same time see our glaring mistakes! 🙂

dior5dior6Here she is.  I think everything turned out as I wanted but I do have to mention that I meant to split the lace ruffle and sew it along the seam as the original dress was done….BUT, it is done.  BTW, it is August 7th at 2:25 p.m. and I made Top 5 in the Threads Magazine contest!! Yeah, how exciting!

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