I have been meaning to post this all week... except I never remember to take photos of the finished garment when I'm actually wearing it out! I am really happy with how this dress turned out as not all my own designs do...
My first idea came from my cousins blog when I saw the cut up doily she had left over from some christmas decorations she had made. I thought, hey that looks like a purpose built neck line for a top or dress...
I rummaged through my little pile of doilies and found this one
I snipped out the centre..
rummaged through my stash of fabric and decided this lilac organza would fit the bill.
I am "borrowing" my mums dressmaking dummy and I tell you it makes designing/fitting clothes a breeze!
I literally took the length of fabric - about 1.5 meters and chopped it in half pinned it to each side of the doily with a few gathers on each boob and one in the centre back. Pinned the side seems loosely and it was ready to be sewn..
Here it is before i had sewn it, I decided after to cut it just above the knee. I didn't even hem it... probably will have to at some point though!
Here it is, worn with a tan leather belt and some peep toes.
I really like the scooping back too :)
I wore it out on Friday night, Matt and I had a very rare night out at a Christmas party and it's definitely a party dress... Now I just need to find a few more occasions to wear it too, and work on the hang over it gave me!