beads and lace

Fine beading and lace work are hallmarks of the Indian cottage industry

I bought a sample dress from a fabric market that had been cut, pinned and hacked.  It reminded me of Collette Dinnigan with a beautiful lace skirt featuring panels, sheers and gathers

For a while I thought I’d try to repair and line it as a dress, but when stains and holes halted this project for at least the third time I took to the dress with my scissors to make a top

lace top

It ties at the back in a criss-cross corset fashion and under the beading the fabric has a fine elastic to hold it under the bust

I wore it to a fancy dress party (as Carrie Bradshaw) but can imagine wearing it with a singlet underneath and jeans or over an evening dress

As Carrie it also has a beaded caplet jacket over the top


Then in a second project I got to using the skirt

lace tee 2

I cut one of the panels that was previously horizontal in the dress to sit in the centre front of this top.  Not all of the edges were clean, but that adds to it’s vintage charm.  I used fusable webbing strips to hold the lace down before sewing.  The pattern I used for the t-shirt was this without the sleeve or hem

The gathered lace hem of the dress has become sleeves.  I bound the armholes and inserted cap sleeves.

The Elsa dress is in full swing and will hopefully be finished today

Happy Monday


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