You’re so in Vogue: a dressmaking project for

One of the great things I like most about dressmaking is: you don’t fit the clothes, you make the clothes to fit you. Can’t find a style to suit you? Alter it! Can’t find a style in shops that compliment your figure? Make your own! Like vintage styles but don’t want to look dated? Update the style!

When you get into the habit of making your own clothes, you want to put your own stamp on things and sometimes, store bought items no longer appeal to you quite as much. A couple months ago, I passed by the BHS window display. There on the mannequin was a beautiful mint green tea dress with a funnel neck collar that I quite fancied.

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Finished dressmaking project: the lace tea dress

Six months ago, I had the idea to make a lace dress for my next dressmaking project, but I was seriously struggling to find fabric with a nice lace pattern. I’m very particular and quite a lot of the lace fabric you get in shops are quite generic and all look the same, with big roses in different colours. I saw lace materials and goods that had a good pattern, but I couldn’t find a supplier that sold the patterns I liked in larger sizes, wide enough for a dressmaking project.

I can’t even remember how I stumbled across it, but when I found inspiration from Valentino’s S/S 2012 Ready To Wear macramé lace dress, I knew that was going to be my next ‘This Is It’ dressmaking project!

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