This dress was way out of my comfort zone, I'll be honest. I stick to neutrals typically, white and creams will probably always be my favorite color. However, not EVERYTHING I make can be white. haha, so I forced myself to try something new.
It's a recreation of this dress from Valentino S/S 2012 (on the left).
I thought it was pretty but didn't want a maxi length and of course can't afford a dress like this in the first place so the DIY route it was.
I originally got the lace from Etsy but it's sold out now, except hey I just found a listing on Aliexpress but it's way more expensive so not sure if it's still worth it.
The underlining bodice is drafted, and is basically just a sweetheart neckline, princess seams and boning for structure. I used Tasia St. Germaine's (Sewaholic blog) tutorial on sewing a boned bodice and definitely recommend. She explains things really well. The lining also has French seams.
For the closure, I used a gold zipper and a gold button on top. I like the peek-a-boo back, I think it's a nice contrast with the long sleeves.
I really like how it turned out though. I do have issues with the neckline, I need to go back and fix the scalloping in the front and I wish I wouldn't have cut so much off in the first place. I wanted a high neckline all along, it was just hard getting the scalloping right and I ended up cutting too much off. Oh well, trying not to knit-pick now because it will drive you crazy!
Lace Fabric: Red Venice lace from Aliexpress
Lining Fabric: Joann's in Tango Red
Pattern: Newlook 6723
(Lining is drafted)
Button: 10mm in frog gold
Zipper: Aliexpress in #2