It all started when I decided to make myself a Christmas dress when I found this tutorial from see kate sew. I loved the big collar, the lace, and the gathered skirt. The pattern was free and my size, and as soon as the idea was in my head I couldn't stop thinking about it. The dress had to be made! And in red lace with black lining!
I bought the lace and black knit from fabric.com. It was my first time sewing with lace, but it was easy enough! I basted the lace and knit together and treated it as one fabric. My belt is just a strip of leftover black knit that I twisted together and tied around my waist.
The collar is my favorite part of my dress! There is also an invisible zipper in the back.
There was enough fabric leftover to make matching dresses for my little sisters. I used the Peony Petal Dress from Ruby Jean's Closet for my 11 year old sister, K's dress. Since I was using lace for the whole dress, I left off the flower detail that the pattern called for.
It is a simple peasant dress with elastic around the neck, sleeves and waist. I used black cotton for the lining of the dress and lengthened it about five inches because K is so tall.
Sleeve close up
Finally, for my baby sister V's dress, I used the Junebug dress pattern from Craftiness is Not Optional. I used the lace and black cotton for the lining. I didn't think the buttonholes would work well on the lace, so I decided to only use cotton for the flap piece.
I love the puffy sleeves!
She's such a little lady!!
I left the lace a few inches longer than the lining on all three dresses. I had so much fun making these dresses for my sisters and I! We were matching, but we still had our own style because they weren't exactly the same.
I hope you are all staying warm, where ever you are! The temperature is -15° F and wind chills are at -38° F, so we are definitely staying inside today!