I was gifted a 1960s lace wedding dress. Unfortunately, I neglected to take a picture of the dress. It was allover horizontally-oriented lace, had a gathered waist, high neck and short puffy sleeves, much like that in the picture to the right.
Like most vintage wedding dresses, it was a tiny size (didn’t women eat then?) and had yellowed in a number of places. Some of the lace had disintegrated.
The only usable fabric was in the skirt.
It was lined in a plain white batiste, some of which had suffered the same fate as the lace.
I unpicked all the seams, both lace and batiste. Then broke all the rules.
I washed it in the washing machine and added bleach – but I did set the machine for delicate!
And it came out beautifully! No more yellow.
The skirt pieces were not large. But turning them sideways gave a vertically-oriented placement to the lace.
The lining pieces were slightly larger than the lace due to their hems.
Using Vogue 9062 I thought I might be able to cut a sleeveless layered lace top from the pieces.
The front had to be pieced at the shoulders. Small pieces were cut from the original sleeves.
The lining made a beautiful longer layer under the lace. Dart and piecing was done double-layered (lace and lining) as the lace was quite delicate.
The resulting top will be a summer top full of memories as I plan on re-gifting it to the original owner!
I just realized these photos do not include the finished sleeve edges! They were narrow hemmed with bias tape.
Love this! What a great way to reuse the beautiful lace.
Great recycling! And I’m happy to see you back!
Thanks. Not sure why I took time off, but it is fun to be posting again!
Your project came together beautifully. And what a nice gift for the bride!
What a clever idea! You ended up with a very pretty top!
Great use of the available materials. How generous you are with your skills- I hope they are appreciated!