Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: Me Made: Doily Dress

8.29.2012

Me Made: Doily Dress

I remember coming across a doily wedding dress a couple years ago. It was breathtaking and made me always want to make a doily dress. It went on my to-do list, but it was at the very bottom. I was just never going to get to it. Now that Henry is slowly starting to wean himself and I'll be able to wear regular dresses soon, I thought I would make myself a doily dress. I wanted to be able to wear it for awhile before the next child/body change. I started it last week and then my husband said he was going to take me out somewhere nice on Monday for our three year wedding anniversary, so I had lots of incentive to finish it. I did finish it except the lace trim on the hem which I added yesterday.
I used Butterick 5605. It's vintage 50's style dress. I skipped the belt and tie/bow on the back. It's also got pockets!
Besides all the appliqued doilies, I added lace trim to the neckline, sleeves and skirt hem. I can't wait for my husband to have law events to attend, because now I've got a fabulous dress to go in. I still need to make a petticoat to go underneath though so the skirt hangs better.
It took forever to applique all the doilies and lace pieces, and I even did them with a machine. It's a nice tribute to my grandmother because she saved all these doilies and lace for years, and I inherited them when she passed away about a year ago.
The front is a high boat neck and the back is a lower scoop neck. I feel so feminine in this dress. I really love the orchid color of the fabric underneath. I got the fabric for $3 at a yard a year ago, and it was the perfect amount. Little Henry in his pajamas got to come hang out with me at the end of the shoot.
He was good at finding the blinking light on the camera.
 

21 comments:

  1. SO COOL! love it. i need to make one.

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  2. Wow. That is such a pretty and feminine dress. And so awesome that your grandma saved all those. What a cool thing to sew with them! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I LOVE this. I think I will have to get a simple goodwill dress and dress it up (since I'll never get around to it if I have to get fabric, a pattern, etc....). But first I need a supply of doilies- gotta hit some yard sales, I guess. (oh, darn!)

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  4. Uh, I'm speechless! This is totally incredible! You have been hitting it out of the ball park lately, I have loved everything you do! I love making garments that have history to them, as well as special details and extra effort. This dress will be treasured forever. So pretty!

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  5. So unique! I turned out beautifully :)

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  6. This is so beautiful! I'm so impressed!

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  7. You're incredible! That's beautiful!!

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  8. what a beautiful dress, it was definately worth the effort of appliquing the doilies on to the fabric. Funnily enough I've been seeking out doilies in opshops so I can put some in embroidery hoops against a bright fabric background for some wall art but you would not believe how expensive they are now! Maybe lots of people have had brilliant ideas like yours and are driving the price up with demand.....

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  9. Wow, this is beautiful!

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  10. Your dress turned out so feminine. Years ago I did a lot of sewing for a lady... to help her decorate her bed room. Brandenburg lace was used as the bed skirt, (it was terrible to finally decide to actually cut it!) I made envelope like pillow covers for a Euro size pillow and lots of other pillows for the bed with different types of lace. So beautiful... and feminine also.
    I bought a Lacey dress from Cold Water Creek a year or so back that was sleeveless and a bit too short. I used an old white table runner for the sleeves and some wide white eyelet that was already gathered. The entire dress is white, I wear it with a colored belt and a light weight cardigan and I feel like Summer all over!

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  11. I've been wanting to make a doily dress for years now. So glad to see one made-up! You did a fabulous job.

    I'm now inspired to raid my mother's cupboards for lots of old doilies, leftover lace and perhaps even tablecloths she is willing to part with. Let's hope she's as enthusiastic as I am...!

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  12. Heather,
    we would love it, if you would come over and link this up to our Make for Mom's Month of May linky party. http://shaffer-sisters.blogspot.com/2013/05/make-for-mom-link-up.html It is a super cute outfit!
    Way to go Momma!
    with love
    -Jo

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    1. Thanks! I should have said, and all of the rest of your fabulous creations! Our goal this month is to inspire Mommas to do a little selfish sewing and your sewing is so inspirational and modest-I hope through out the month, you will take time to link up more projects.
      Thanks for visiting!
      with love,
      -Jo

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  13. We are featuring you tomorrow over at http://shaffer-sisters.blogspot.com/. Thanks for linking up. Feel free to stop by and grab a button.
    with love,
    Jo

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  14. Oh my gosh, this is lovely! I can't believe you let your baby anywhere near it ;)

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  15. wow, this is just beautiful !

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  16. SOOO gorgeous! I'm not sure if my other comment posted but I am now obsessed with doily dresses!

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  17. What an heirloom you have made! I love that you used your grandmother's doilies. The dress fits your beautifully, too. I have pinned your dress to my pinterest account.

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  18. Breath taking! Thanks for linking up to Challenge Create.

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