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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.

Me Made: Doily Dress

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!

Me Made: Doily Dress

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.

Me Made: Doily Dress

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.

Me Made: Doily Dress
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.
Me Made: Doily Dress

He was good at finding the blinking light on the camera.

Me Made: Doily Dress Me Made: Doily Dress

Author: Heather