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.
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.
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.