Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Black Eyelet New Look 6587

This is my second version of New Look 6587. My first version was sleeveless and included a yellow ric rac trim. I took these photos in Prague on my recent European vacation!



I purchased this fabric from Promenade in New Orleans, the same place I got the green gingham for my Picnic Blanket Skirt. My grandmother had a very similar dress, and I wanted to recreate it. Unfortunately her version doesn't quite fit me.

I lined it in a black cotton and chose to leave the sleeves with just the eyelet so there's a bit of skin peeking through. I did an underlining for the bodice, meaning I treated the eyelet and black cotton fabric as one piece.

Matching fabric-covered buttons and belt.


The brooch is my great-grandmother Mary's, the professional seamstress and original owner of my button supplies





Traveling to Prague was so memorable and wonderful. I am Czech and took three semesters of the language in college so I could speak to my relatives. It was so amazing to get to visit the city I had heard about from family and studied. It was absolutely beautiful! 

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    1. Thanks, Erika! I was thinking about you yesterday because I am about to finish a dress with Amy Sedaris fabric. I went out and bought some right after I saw your top!

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  2. Beautiful! It looks like it fits perfectly, and I just love black eyelet.

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! The fit is such a benefit of sewing multiple versions! Even with a muslin, I find I always have a few little things I can improve.

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  3. Gorgeous dress and photographs (and I love your shoes as well!)

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    1. Thank you, Rachel-Lou! The shoes are Swedish Hasbeens and are actually super comfy!

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  4. Such an amazing dress! I love eyelet fabric, and it really gives your dress that something extra :)

    I checked out the Swedish Hasbeens, bit pricy for me at the moment but I think they might find their way onto my Christmas list!

    My other half recently visited Prague as we have a friend who lives there, he said it was a beautiful place and liked the art nouveau architecture, just a shame he didn't take such beautiful pictures as you have :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Lucy! I agree - Swedish Hasbeens are a bit pricey. They last forever, though, and you can sometimes find vintage pairs on eBay. And they're really comfy! So all in all, a good Christmas wish list item.

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  5. Ooh, great dress Lauren! Black eyelet is one of my all-time favorite fabrics, and the color of the sky in that last picture is *stunning*... :D

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    1. Thanks, Susan! I hope I can meet you in person Saturday at the Sewing Meetup!

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  6. Wow! Covered buttons! They sound so tricky, but they look beautiful on this dress! I recently discovered a new love for shirtwaist dresses and yours looks beautiful in this eyelet! I wonder if I have any hiding in my stash...!

    Prague is SO beautiful! I went to the Czech Republic on a school exchange just after it opened up and remember how beautiful Prague especially Wenceslas Square. Have you read 'The Puppet Master'? It's a kids book set in Prague and not as scary as it sounds! Very impressed you speak Czech! All I can remember is "ahoj" and "brambory" (I was veggie at the time!)

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    1. Thank you, Beth! I haven't ever read The Puppet Master, but I will have to look into it. I got a wonderful Harry Potter marionette while I was there.

      I wish I remembered more of Czech! A lot has faded for me. My sister-in-law is a vegetarian, so I was glad I remembered food words to help her out like the ones you memorized!

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    2. I'm sure you remember more than you think you do! I think languages get buried somewhere in your head and only pop out again when you really need them to!

      Harry Potter marionette sounds exciting! You should definitely read The Puppet Master (it's by Joanne Owen who is really nice - I used to run book events!) as it's all about marionettes and the big astronomical clock coming to life! It sounds scary, but it really isn't (and I am very easily scared...!)

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    3. You've totally sold me! It sounds magical. I ordered it from Amazon this morning!

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    4. Yay! I am so happy! I hope it's as good as remembered...!

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  7. ah praha! ah trollies!! ah eyelet!!! cute dress and i love the fabric covered buttons and belt. such a nice touch.

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  8. Goodness, what a lovely dress. There is something so appealing about the blend of sweetness and refined allure that black eyelet delivers. Seeing your beautiful frock reminds me that I should look for some (black eyelet) to add to my own wardrobe as well (thank you!).

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you so much, Jessica! I'm so glad it helped to inspire you!

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  9. I love this dress! Everything about this is wonderful, your dress, your shoes. It's so classy and chic, yet looks comfortable and casual for the daytime too. Lovely! (Clare, www.sewdixielou.com)

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    1. Thanks, Clare! That's funny. I was just raving about your McCall 6696 on Handmade Jane's shirtwaist inspiration post! So much shirtwaist love going around!

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  10. Lauren, when I returned home, I realized I had book marked this post long ago because I loved your black eyelet dress so much. I haven't found the exact right black eyelet yet, but you inspired me to put such a dress on a my to-do list. I just find it funny, because I had forgotten about book-marking this post and realizing this was YOU at the retreat!

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    1. Oh, how funny!! I love this dress, too. It's one of my favorites that I've made. I look forward to seeing your version!

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