Sewn : Red Lace Dress

Monday, March 28, 2016



This dress was way out of my comfort zone, I'll be honest. I stick to neutrals typically, white and creams will probably always be my favorite color. However, not EVERYTHING I make can be white. haha, so I forced myself to try something new.

It's a recreation of this dress from
Valentino S/S 2012 (on the left).



I thought it was pretty but didn't want a maxi length and of course can't afford a dress like this in the first place so the DIY route it was.


I originally got the lace from Etsy but it's sold out now, except hey I just found a listing on Aliexpress but it's way more expensive so not sure if it's still worth it.



The outer bodice is Newlook 6723 with lengthened sleeves (I added 7.5") and then I narrowed the skirt pattern so it would have less gathers. I also did this for the top of the sleeves.



The underlining bodice is drafted, and is basically just a sweetheart neckline, princess seams and boning for structure. I used Tasia St. Germaine's (Sewaholic blog) tutorial on sewing a boned bodice and definitely recommend. She explains things really well. The lining also has French seams.


For the closure, I used a gold zipper and a gold button on top. I like the peek-a-boo back, I think it's a nice contrast with the long sleeves. 




That awkward moment when you don't have a hand so the see-through lace sleeve looks really awkward. haha these pics totally caught me off guard. I'm used to seeing myself with short sleeves and/or with long sleeves that cover my arm but not with long sleeves that show light through where my arm stops! It looks kind of weird I'll admit so just try and ignore that. :)

I really like how it turned out though. I do have issues with the neckline, I need to go back and fix the scalloping in the front and I wish I wouldn't have cut so much off in the first place. I wanted a high neckline all along, it was just hard getting the scalloping right and I ended up cutting too much off. Oh well, trying not to knit-pick now because it will drive you crazy!





Lining Fabric: Joann's in Tango Red 
Pattern: Newlook 6723
(Lining is drafted)

63 comments:

  1. WOW! It looks beautiful on you. Love the color and the combination with the red lace.

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  2. You look amazing! The lace looks so delicate and professionally finished. I think you should be very very proud of yourself and try to not feel so self conscience of your arm, I think it does not detract from your gorgeous dress. You are gorgeous, believe it :-)

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    1. Elizabeth you are so sweet, thank you. I really appreciate you saying that, sorry if that was uncomfortable for me to say, haha I wasn't sure whether or not to say anything but I figured I would and now I'm regretting it because I didn't want to make YOU guys uncomfortable. Oh well, thanks for being nice about it anyways and for leaving such a sweet comment. <3

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  3. Wow it's so gorgeous!! You are very talented!

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    1. You are the sweetest, thank you so much. YOU are talented, goodness that bomber jacket you just made is absolutely gorgeous! I'm so excited to have found your blog.

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  4. what a lovely dress! i really love this red lace ! kisses from africa!

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    1. Thank you so much Ines! So cool, all the way from Africa!? The internet is amazing, I'm so glad you'd check out my blog.

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  5. Amazing!!! I love every bit of it. Red looks great on you, don't be afraid of it! I often find myself lurking through the luxurious brand's dresses and it would be so good to make a DIY piece from them... I hope in time I'll be able to do that.
    To be honest, the look-through side gives an extra, interesting detail so don't be bothered by it at all!

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    1. Oh my gosh what!? You included me in your blog post, Reka I am SO flattered. Thank you so much, that just totally made my day. I'm so beyond excited to have found your blog too, sorry for going kind of comment-crazy on all your old posts. haha I love your style!

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  6. This dress is stunning! I love the color on you. What a great idea on how to do the back closure, I love the small open part. Beautiful work!

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa! The closure was kind of a spur of the moment thing, haha I'll admit. That's what happens when you can't find a long enough zipper I guess. ha!

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  7. What a lovely dress! Truth be told, I'd much rather have your version than the designer one--you've taken all the best parts of the original but made it more wearable and, somehow, more luxurious. Do you have a special occasion to wear it for, or is it a "just because" dress?

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    1. Wow seriously?? Thank you Caitlyn, wow talk about the best compliment ever. This seriously meant a lot to me for you to say, thank you.
      For now it's a "just because" dress but only because I'm not cool enough to have any fun parties to wear it to or anything. haha but hopefully one day! :)
      Thanks again cute girl!

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  8. It's so lovely! You're amazing at sewing and executing your vision!

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  9. YAY a post from you and OMG that dress is stunning!!! I don't think it looks weird- it's absolutely gorgeous and you definitely need to wear colors like this more often- SO GOOD. Ugh wish I could make my own clothes lol but I'm not even going to attempt it lol!

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    1. Shira! Long time no talk woman, how the heck are you!?? You need to come out to Utah sometime and I'll teach you, k? :) For real though, my door is always open!

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  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. That lace is amazing, and you look beautiful.

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    1. Autumn you are the sweetest, thank you so much. Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment that made my day.

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  11. Love the pictures....love the dress....love the girl. It is very very beautiful all the way around!

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    1. Love YOU. :) Thanks Mom, you did a good job on the pictures I think so you should be proud of yourself. :) Thanks for taking them for me!

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  12. Yes this is a very beautiful dress, Haylee!

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  13. I love seeing photos of Valentino dresses - what a great source of inspiration! Your own dress is gorgeous, and you look beautiful. I'm always impressed by your talent in adapting and drafting!

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    1. Wow Beth thank you, that was a really sweet thing to say. I feel like I have SO much to learn so for you to say that really meant a lot to me. Thank you :)

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  14. Would you mind me sharing this on Sassy Sewing Bees in the future? I link to your post and let you know when. https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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    1. Sure! Would you like me to just share on the Facebook page or how does it work exactly? I'm a little hesitant to share on Facebook because I get shy about posting pictures like this for all my friends and family "in real life" to see. haha which is probably stupid of me but oh well, I'm shy I guess. But if there's another way to do it please let me know!

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    2. Check out my page. What I do is share an image of your creation cite the pattern used and link to your post. When I do that I let you know on the post on question as it could be some time in the future. Don't worry if you don't feel comfortable. It is just a sewing page but I would be shy too, so I get where you are coming from hehe. Anyway don't commit just have a nose on my page first.

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  15. This is so so pretty! Wow! The pop of gold on the back is the perfect compliment to the red lace. Gorgeous!

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  16. The lace is beautiful, and the red color looks lovely on you! I am very impressed you sewed such a structured lining with the boning. I adore how the lace scalloping looks around the neckline and cuffs. Beautiful work!

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  17. OH MY GOD THIS IS GORGEOUS! You need to open your own etsy shop and sell stuff. I would totally buy this or even pay you to make me one in another color. This is amazing, you are so talented haylee

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  18. EVERYTHING YOU MAKE. :O You are sooooo freaking talented and this dress is probably my favorite thing you've ever made! Seriously, number one fan right here, you're so good, Haylee! When are you going to do a fashion show, because you NEED to! I'm seriously in love with this dress.

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  19. Ooh I love it, and I love the color on you! Though it did throw me off at first ha ha, not your signature style! =] I am very into lace right now.
    Also, these pictures make me miss Utah!!

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  20. what happened to your tumblr?

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    1. I was wondering this too! :(

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    2. Wow I'm so flattered, I love you guys! I'm doing super well, much happier. :) Don't like to go into detail on here but you should add me on Facebook if we're not already friends!

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  21. Gorgeous, and more gorgeous! I love it! The style and the color looks good on you. You are very talented, and I love your blog.

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  25. This lace is GORGEOUS!!!!! And I LOVE those red lace inspiration dresses, can you imagine wearing something that luxurious? This is so inspiring, plus I've been looking at my friend Jen who's at Fashion Week.. and now my closet looks so mundane haha. Oh well.

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  33. This dress with lace is adorable on you! I do love this color.black will make you look more gracious!

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  34. This dress looks great on you! I followed your link from PR! I wanted to ask you what sewing machine you use? And if you can recommend one :)

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    1. Hey friend! Thanks so much for stopping by, these days I use a Bernina B530 but for the first 6 years of my sewing life I just used a really cheap $100 machine. I think it was a Bablock Denim Pro. I'm not sure how long you've been sewing for but if this is your first machine, I wouldn't feel the need to get a super fancy machine. They can cost a LOT and really you're paying for things that you don't really care about until you've been sewing for a longer time anyways (automatic button holes, better zipper foots, tension upgrades, etc.)

      If I've completely misunderstood you and you've been a long time sewist, then I definitely recommend Bernina's! They're expensive but fabulous. Let me know if there's anything else I can help you with! :) And thanks again for stopping by.

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  35. Your dresses look so beautiful it's hard to imagine it was the result of a cheap machine! It really tells me that it all comes down to the skill of the sewist and not the machine.

    I own a Magnolia 7360 and I love it, I was just curious as to what machine you use. Thank you so much and I love your blog!! =]

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