So last night I finally finished the bow belt for the dress, and I'd say it's pretty much all finished! (I think I need nude pumps to go with it, but I'll worry about that in the fall. I certainly won't be needing them in Mali).
|I didn't do hair or make up, hence the headlessness.|
I used a modified version of this Coffee Date Dress pattern, free from BurdaStyle, for the lace overlay, and then used the same pattern with a modified bust (sweetheart neckline instead of straps) for the satin lining. I was going to do a fuller skirt, a little more ballerina style, but I thought that it might be a little too overwhelming with the lace, so I stuck to the pattern's A Line skirt, which I think fit the dress well. It's a bit more elegant and fitted.
And here's the dress with the little matching clutch. Although I'm thinking maybe it's too matchy matchy? What do you think?
It's really hard for a photo to capture the sweetheart neckline, even in a close up. I guess the nude lace blends with the satin quite well. (Sorry about the lopsided bow)
For the back I went with a 1950s-esque gathered strap for the lace overlay, keeping the satin bodice strapless.
A slightly less lopsided bow belt.
And finally, a closeup of the lace I used.
I'm going to consider this a success, given that it's my first time using a pattern for a dress.
What do you think?