Monday, April 14, 2014

Finished: Sew Sexy Sew Along Lace Dress!

What a gorgeous weekend in the northeast!  Even Phin didn't mind a bit of time outdoors to photograph my Sew Sexy Lace Dress. He suffers more in the Pollen Vortex than the Polar Vortex.


  

I'm very aware that I only know three poses and all of them involve my hand on my hip.
So, because this is a special photo shoot we tried some new things. Um, er... I tried to be a little more super model sexy. But all I ended up with was "duck face"...


"Duck face"


Anyway, on to the dress! So, this is my submission for the Sew Sexy Sew Along 2014. One of the things I wanted to do was take a non-sexy pattern that isn't revealing, and make it into something I think is sexy.

Front: Pidgeon toed "sexy model" pose.

I frankenpatterned together V8670, a Very Easy Vogue raglan tee pattern (made here and here) for the top half and the slip pattern from V1314, a Tracy Reese dress that I made last spring for the bottom.  This made fitting very easy.




I sewed this up primarily from a Vince Camuto stretch lace (Paron), lined with stretch lining from  Emma One Sock, and accented with illusion mesh.  I'm really happy with the first two. Both sewed up beautifully and easily. The stretch lining, as promised, did not fray or run, is completely opaque but very light, and it isn't clingy.




I'm a bit less happy with the illusion mesh. It tends to bunch and gather in a way that the mesh I used for my BCBG knock off top didn't. It looks less smooth and is not as soft on the skin. However, it did sew up pretty easily.  

On a hanger you can see my constuction techniques.  After basting, all the seams were serged. I then top stitched the serged seam allowances to the inside or down with a twin needle, which is also how I finished the hems.  I used my serger to do a rolled hem on the sleeves.




So, did I succeed? Phin seemed to think yes, and I definitely feel sexy in this dress. So, according to my own definition of sexy, yes! 




And just because I feel great in this dress, here are a few more shots, just for fun...


Hands not on hips
 



Whether you are participating in the sew along or not, I hope there is some sewing in your future that makes you feel beautiful and confident in your own skin.  


 

34 comments:

Clio said...

Mission accomplished! This dress is fabulous. And I really liked your approach to sexiness. Classy sexy!

Clio said...

you ladies all of your confident, sexy sewing is so fun. You look great!

Clio said...

You look marvelous!! Love the sheer sleeves and divine lace :) Well done!

Clio said...

This is super sexy! You look amazing (as always)!

Clio said...

Fabulous dress, you are a hottie.

Clio said...

You have a gorgeous silhouette and it's clear that you feel beautiful in this dress! I really love that this was converted from a raglan tee pattern, awesome. Sexy goal achieved!

Clio said...

I think you hit just the right note! There's something incredibly sexy to a man about knowing that a beautiful woman cares enough to cover herself in lovely fabrics, only to take off those lovely fabrics to reveal herself to him -- and only to him. Phineas is one lucky man.

Clio said...

Yes! Very sexy! I'd say you succeeded very well. Love the lace, the sheer sleeves and the matching stockings.

Clio said...

Oh yes! you're rockin it! and this may sound a little 'what?!' but I love the neck-finishing- so clean and simple. beautiful!

Clio said...

Thanks! I like the neck finishing too. I like how it looks and it could not have been easier to sew.

Clio said...

They seemed like the right stockings! Thanks for noticing.

Clio said...

Thanks everyone!

Clio said...

I love the raglan sleeve; it's unexpected with these sheer, sexy materials — and makes it sportier and more edgy. Love it!

Clio said...

Love it! You are totally rocking this dress.

Clio said...

You look smashing! You should be confident. The dressmaking looks pro, and you really know how to put a sexy dress together. Brava!

Clio said...

um, HI CHEEKBONES. duck face pays off, yo.


love that naughty semi sheerness going on!!

Clio said...

Love it! It's a beautiful dress, and it looks great on!

Clio said...

Wow! Go you! Love the neckline, love the sheer finished/band. I think you nailed the "suggestive sexy" look, love it!

Clio said...

Thanks go to my mom for my cheekbones. But duckface is so silly.

Yeah, I think there will be more net in my future sewing...

Clio said...

"Suggestive sexy" - I like that!

Clio said...

I sometimes forget that I live in a rather pretty area - this was all a short walk from home. Really, I should do better with my blog photos instead of taking them in the driveway.

Clio said...

He is! I'm a lucky gal too.

Clio said...

Amazing!!! I love that lace fabric SO MUCH!!!! And you have me super curious about that illusion mesh. More shopping trips in the future!

Also, I am so there with you with the hands on hips pose! Lol

Clio said...

You just have to find the pose that works for you, and work it! Right?

Clio said...

Another great combination of fabrics...even if the illusion net didn't quite do/behave as you expected.

You look edgy sexy in this one! NYC would be really proud to claim you. This lace & your choice of underlay really makes it look unlacy. It reads almost like a tribal tattoo print. Love it!

Clio said...

Nice work with our pattern! You look smokin' hot.

Clio said...

*blush* Thanks, McC! I've had fun with both these patterns.

Clio said...

I love that last photo, T! And it's odd about the mesh - who understands these things. Mind you, the seam is like seamed stockings, which I think is a great thing. Gorgeous fit on the bodice.

Clio said...

ooh-la-la!

Clio said...

I meant to get back days ago to comment on your gorgeous dress. Gorgeous!!!

Clio said...

Beautiful dress. You look quite the siren in it!

Clio said...

Oh la la! I love that you used a raglan sleeve. It makes it look sporty and modern as well as sexy!

Clio said...

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