This whole project happened kind of backwards, actually. I had been on the lookout for a white lace dress for months, and just happened upon a white lace tablecloth at my local Salvation Army while looking for a new cotton blanket. As I examined the soft lace, I began to wonder, "Hmm ... could I do this?"
Weeks earlier, I had pinned this DIY swing dress tutorial from Merrick's Art, so one night, I armed myself with washable markers, a sharp pair of scissors and a dress to use as a template, and got cutting. But, as usual, laziness and my unwillingness to follow directions prevailed, and I decided to cut the sleeves and the dress out in one piece, rather than attempting set-in sleeves (please note this all took place before my most recent dress victory). So I doubled the fabric and traced the whole dress,then cut it out so I just had a front and a back.
The rest is pretty simple: I sewed up the side seams, leaving a pretty selvage at the bottom. And I could have just trimmed off a few loose threads and stopped there.
You can see here that I am pretty pleased with myself. But there were a few things about the dress as it was that I didn't love. First of all, even though the effect of the super long sleeves was kind of elegant, I knew as soon as I put it on that they would drive me absolutely nuts.
Secondly, the neckline was much too high for me. Not that I'm dying to show a bunch of cleavage, but neither do I like having a vast expanse of chestal area, which to my eye makes it look like my boobs are sitting somewhere near my bellybutton. So it was back to the drawing board.
Then I shortened up the sleeves and added wide elastic, because I ALWAYS push the sleeves up on everything I wear, so I may as well make it easy on myself (sleeves sliding back down is one of my biggest clothing pet peeves).
To style this for work, I wanted very much to avoid looking like I was headed off to get married, so I went for natural tones and a slightly funky/boho feel. I thrifted these brown boots recently, as you'll see in an upcoming thrift-audit post; they are cheaply made and not too comfortable, but they're pretty cute, and I liked the way they brought this dress down from Weddingland.
Lace tablecloth: $2.99
Total cost to make: $5.24