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The Lilah Dress

Aug 20, 2011
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A friend gave me several pieces of vintage lace from her late mother-in-law’s sewing stash. I thought it would be fun to use a few  pieces on something for my friends grand-daughter. I used New Look pattern 6884.

As I began to construct the dress, I decided that I would leave it sleeveless, and use the just lace as the collar instead of laying it on top of a cloth collar. For a little added detail, I used a wing needle, and an eylette flower stitch on my machine on the bodice (where the pattern suggested lace trim). It’s been 30+ years since I’ve had the opportunity to make something for a little girl…and what fun it was!

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  1. User avater Scooter2 October 7th

    What a wonderful use for a vintage lace! I have tons of vintage laces and doilies and have been looking for ways to use them.

  2. elsew September 6th

    THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL DRESS THAT I'M SURE WILL BE PASSED THRU MANY GENERATIONS. GRANDMA WILL LIVE FOREVER WHAT A HEARTFELT GIFT.

  3. sews4fun September 2nd

    This dress looks store-bought which in my opinion, is the highest compliment you can get on a sewing garment.
    I can't count the times someone has said, Oh, did you make that? I knew it was a failure instantly. It would occur to no one that your dress is hand made. I love the vintage look slso. Well done!

  4. User avater PinkerPaws August 23rd

    This is lovely! The vintage lace makes a beautiful collar, and it is perfect with the sweet print. The wing needle stitching is so pretty and delicate... wonderful work. I'm sure your friend's granddaughter will love it!

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