Blue lace dress

Hello!! Its almost been two months since i wrote anything but to make up for it, i have a lot to write about this project – a beautiful dress in navy blue stretch lace. I have a decent amount of pictures too! I bought this beautiful stretch lace from a market in bangalore. There is an amazing collection of cotton fabrics here and some surprising finds like this navy lace material i found. You should be prepared to dive into mountains of fabrics and not be allergic to dust.I decided to make a dress in the best possible way, and its lucky that i signed up for Susan Khaljie’s Couture dress class on Craftsy! I learnt some amazing tips and tricks and im surprised at the way this dress turned out. I admit, its a simple dress, but i drafted the pattern myself and then went on to put it together. Underlining is a brilliant concept that i learnt and im already using it in the next project im working on. Im also completely in love with silk organza! From what i read in other blogs, you dont get silk organza that easily in the fabric stores. But here india, we get it at Rs.210 per metre…Yippy!! Thats like 4 dollars..! so i have a good amount of silk organza now with me.

So back to the dress : Its a regular front bodice with two waist darts, the back is dartless at the waist except for the shoulder. The sleeves are elbow length, and the skirt..ah its a slinky skirt thats clings to the hips and then flares out. The skirt didnt cling as much since i used silk organza underlining and it cancelled out the stretch effect of the lace..:(

The navy lace dressI left the egdes of the dress raw. I basically cut around the floral pattern of the lace something like scalloping.

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I like the effect of the silk organza showing through the dress.

I edited these pics on Picasa. There are some cool effects that can be used.This good friend of mine was sweet enough to take the pics..:) You can see in the pics below, the basting stitches and the silk organza underlining.

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The only problem was that the silk organza started to fray a bit at the neckline and the sleeve hem. I didnt plan for that, so i didnt cut enough of it to finish it. But it wasnt too much of a problem!


  1. keep going Merlin….


  2. Beautiful work! I stumbled across this post searching for sewing supply stores in Bangalore and an amatuer myself it’s amazing to see sewing adventures in India..

    are you from the apparel industry or a fashion designer? cuz your skills seem to be pretty advanced..wud love to hear from you..



    • Hi Rupa! I’m a self taught fashion designer..I have some good books that help me with pattern making and sewing..I’ve been sewing for more than a year now…I’m planning to train myself in bridal design..:) do keep your comments me lot of encouragement…thx! Let me know if you need any help…


  3. love it love it love it :))))))))))))))))))))))


  4. Bridal design! that sounds interesting Merlin! keep at it and have fun 🙂
    i’m getting back on the sewing machine more this year..hope to make some lovely stuff..Happy new year!


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