Orange Lace Dress

Happy New Year, everyone!

The first post of 2017 is actually a project that I wore already in the beginning of December, but I wanted to add an official photo from the wedding I made the dress for, together with the beautiful couple, H and M!


As you can tell, the colour theme was blue and orange (referring to the groom´s native Netherlands), which gave me the perfect opportunity to use some fabrics from my stash: two pieces of orange poly crepe de chine and a surprisingly matching 1 meter of lace, probably my only successful online order on fabric.

The fabrics were not bought for any certain project and rather happened to match once the lace arrived. I found the lace on and kind of test-ordered a meter about a year ago. I just recently saw the red version on sale in one local fabric shop but at a much higher price of course.

The pattern I used is Burdastyle 5/2012 model 133, which was a rather brave move since I had very little time to make the dress and I have once failed with the same pattern already.

I liked the style immediately in 2012 but never finished it because something went completely wrong with the bodice – I guess the bias cut somehow played tricks on me and I could not get the sides to match anymore. Luck was on my side this time and it could be due to the fact that as I was short of fabric but it seemed to have enough drape, I cut it straight.


As it often happens, there is not enough time before or during such exciting events to take photos, so these are taken the morning after the wedding and the party.

The dress is fully lined according to the pattern and the skirt part is underlined in addition. I would say it was not as much as difficult, but time-consuming to make. However, in my opinion it deserves more difficulty points than the mere two as stated by Burdastyle magazine, because the shoulder seams are quite tricky to get right.



Some close ups:

I must say I really like the back drape. It is also totally bra-friendly, no need for any special underpinnings or tape.


As of the fit, the bust darts are quite off, as if the drape factor has not been considered.

I am really happy about the coincidence of having just the right fabric ready in stash for such a demanding colour scheme as orange is not something I wear often.

May you all have a very happy new year and to those who sew – I wish you lots of patience and luck with your projects!


19 responses to “Orange Lace Dress”

  1. This is such a beautiful dress!

  2. I love orange! This is a beautiful choice of pattern to combine the poly and lace. Great work on those shoulder pleats. You look beautiful, as always.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment!

  3. The result is stunning! What a great colour. I love your take on this dress. And good to know that the back still drapes beautifully even if it isn’t cut on the bias.

    1. Thank you so much! I am not sure it would work with any fabric, I just took the risk and got lucky! 🙂

  4. Such a gorgeous dress, that back drape is beautiful. Don’t you love it when two fabrics that you purchased separately match so well.

    1. Thanks! Yes, it was a lucky match with the fabrics and I had no clue until the wedding what to use them for!

  5. That is *so very pretty* a beautiful dress & a lovely wedding.

    1. Thank you very much! The wedding was very lovely indeed!

  6. What a cool dress! I don’t think I own a single orange dress but you’ve inspired me to make one!

    1. thanks! this is cool, I hope yours turns out great!

  7. Amazing dress, you look stunning. I love the style of it and the fabric worked perfectly!

    1. Thank you very much, Lynsey!

  8. Oh , this is so beautiful ! The color is so nice and the drape of the back , I just love it!

  9. Wow! Beautifully draped, and expertly finished as usual!

  10. That blue gown is lovely, I wish to have it

  11. The blue gown is lovely. I wish to have some like that

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