completed: the white eyelet maxi dress

6 Jun

another weekend, another dress! ideally, i should have had this done much much sooner – it was pretty straightforward as far as construction & fitting goes. i feel like i never have enough time in the summer to work on my sewing, though, because i’m too busy running around, seeing friends & riding my bike & lounging on the front porch with a cup of coffee & my bff!

anyway, i finished this over the weekend, wore it over the weekend (ironically, to buy more fabric. haha!!), and even took some pictures so i could share with everyone :) this dress marks a couple firsts – my first maxi, my first underlining attempt, my first time working with soo much trim. it also marks the last time i am ever sewing so many tiered ruffles! haha! omg those ruffles were such a paaaain.

anyway, dress deets:
eyelet dress - patterns
i frankenpattered this one; the bodice & midriff is simplicity 9164 (without the contrast or trimming) and the skirt is mccall’s 5648.

i had a couple problems with the ruffles, namely, i didn’t buy enough eyelet… underestimated how much i’d need (uhhh the piece for the bottom tier was supposed to be cut 7 times! wth, how did i not notice that??) and ended up cutting that piece in half lengthwise so i’d have enough to gather. hence why it is so short – but it works, it ended up the perfect length! yay! i also did not realize that the skirt pattern calls for an elastic waist, aka no zipper – so i had to figure out where to cut a zipper opening so i could attach the top to the bottom. them i realized i gave away the invisible zipper i bought specifically for this dress… whoops… found a vintage zipper in my stash that works ok. it’s a little short – i have to pull the dress over my head bc i can’t get my butt through the zipper opening :) – and it’s a little the wrong color, but oh well!

i opted to underline the eyelet with the softest muslin i could find… the color matches perfectly & keeps the dress opaque where it needs to be. i underlined the bodice & midriff – both front & back. should have underlined the top skirt tier but IDGAF about my panties being on display. ha!

the only other change i made to the patterns was my trim application – gawd, i used a lot of trim! i think almost 10 yards, actually! fortunately, i found a big bolt of this stuff at the flea market for a whopping $1… and i still have 5 yards left.

eyelet dress

eyelet dress

eyelet dress - back

i decided i didn’t like the way the pictures were looking, so i moved under the magnolia tree…

eyelet dress

eyelet dress
not much better, but whatevah

eyelet dress - bodice
bodice close-up – although the trim is stitched down on both sides throughout the dress, i opted to just stitch the top down at the neckline. i wasn’t thrilled with the way the trim looked with the elastic on my sleeves, and i like how on the neckline it kind of just looks like gathered lace.

eyelet dress - sleeve
see? sleeves.

eyelet dress - top

eyelet dress - sleeve

eyelet dress - hem
the hem… sry2say, i actually cheaped out on the hem. i just serged the bottom & sewed the trim right on top of it – no folding, no handstitching, no pressing. quick & dirty! i was trying to preserve as much length as possible since i had to slice the bottom ruffle in half.

eyelet dress - inside
here is the inside. you can see all the muslin underlining. the midriff is white because it is interfaced – i used very lightweight sew-in interfacing because i wanted it to breathe. it is still underlined, just on the eyelet side :)
the zipper is handpicked; matching up those trims was kind of a PITA and they aren’t perfect, but i don’t feel like fussing with it anymore.

overall, really pleased with this dress, especially the fit. i love swishing around in long dresses so so much. and the off-white eyelet is really wonderful for these hot & humid days. ah, tennesee summer!

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20 Responses to “completed: the white eyelet maxi dress”

  1. Erin June 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    That dress is darling on you! On a side note, I’m not really much of a dress-wearing person, but seeing’s how I’ll be heavily preggers all summer, I might just become one out of comfort!

  2. adelaide b June 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    This is a perfect summer dress. Job well done!

  3. Tilia June 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    Love this dress, it looks really romantic. :)

  4. Carey - Gypsy Thread June 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    The dress is beautiful. All of the trim you added was worth it!

  5. sorbetsurprise June 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    That is a lot of trim but it is defiantly worth it. It fits really well with the dress and I love how you frankened 2 patterns together.

  6. robinsnc June 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    What a gorgeous dress!

  7. Marie June 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    This is stunning on you and the fit is just perfect!

  8. Sarah June 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    It’s an absolutely beautiful dress! Well done!

  9. lasandrou June 7, 2011 at 1:37 am #

    I just saw your dress on sew retro. I absolutely in love with it ! You did a very good job !

  10. Mom June 7, 2011 at 5:50 am #

    Beautiful dress, Lala!! You did a fantastic job on it.

  11. Radka June 7, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    Love this dress, looks so romantic!

  12. Summer June 11, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    I love the shape of it, super cute.

  13. Renay June 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    Wow what a pretty dress. it makes you look so teeny tiny….
    I can’t wear white, I’m way too messy. Just five minutes ago i dribbled coffee all over myself… yuk.
    I like the length and the gathered neckline too, so flattering! :-)

  14. Natalie June 14, 2011 at 2:40 am #

    Wore the dress for my wedding. Got rave reviews by the guests. Very comfy, but finding a slip for the bottom half(from the empire waist and down) was a chore-and you definitely need a slip! Ended up buying a over-priced slip at a wedding store and had to pull it up past my waist to avoid an awkward looking space between the top and my waist. Would recommend having a liner sewn in before wearing.

  15. christina September 19, 2011 at 12:22 am #

    Can you give me a quote on what you would charge to make this dress for me? Probably size 10. Thanks!

  16. Anonymous February 4, 2013 at 4:58 am #

    This is ace! I’m really startled that this really happened in todays world. I am relieved I am not jogging. We are coming to terms what will happen to this. I need to keep an eye on the change and going forth.

  17. Anonymous February 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    I agree! I still am amazed that this keeps going on in todays day and age. I am happy in the fact I was sat down. I would love to need to know about things moving forward. I need to keep an eye on the problem moving forward.

  18. Anonymous June 20, 2013 at 4:04 am #

    That is sick!! I am startled that this was going on in modern day times. This news was well received as I am not jogging. I help answer about things moving forward. I will follow the issue .

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