Monday, March 11, 2013

Vintage Lace Tucked Gown - the details

Whenever I inherit or purchase vintage baby clothes, it almost always inspires me to re-create it! This was particularly true when I was given the gorgeous Vintage Lace Tucked Gown on the left. My re-creation is on the right.
The original vintage gown, as shown below, was first featured in
 issue #142 of Sew Beautiful Magazine in a pictorial. 
When the issue hit the news stand, I got flooded with email from ladies asking me if I had a pattern for the gown. Not long after that, I emailed the editor, Kathy Barnard and asked if I she would be interested in publishing an article with a re-creation of the original vintage gown. I told her I would draft the pattern to share with the readers. The rest is history and I am happy to say that my re-created gown is featured in the current issue (#147) of Sew Beautiful Magazine!
My drafted pattern and the step-by-step instructions are all included in the article. I thought you might like to see more close-up pictures of my re-creation! This gown has so many wonderful heirloom sewing techniques!  I hope you enjoy the pictures and that it inspires you to grab the latest issue of Sew Beautiful and make a gown for someone special.
Perfect placement of the embroidery is very important, so I printed off a template and placed it behind the fabric and marked my lace insertion lines. I then hooped the fabric and let my embroidery machine do the work. The sweet and simple design of scattered flowers and leaves is a replica taken from the original vintage gown. You can download it FREE!
Pictured above is the lace insertion on the front of the gown.
Once the lace insertion was stitched, I then proceeded with
 regular heirloom sewing techniques for lace insertion.
Creating the tucks in the lace at the yoke of the dress was 
like creating magic! I just totally LOVE the look!
Gathering lace to the neck opening.

Vintage and Re-Created Lace Tucked Gowns

I have heard from so many readers already that are using my pattern to make a Vintage Tucked Lace Gown of their own!


Angela Lee said...

Wow!! It is beautiful! And I particularly love the lace tucks. I would love to try it! Thanks so much for taking on the project then sharing it with us.

DangAndBlast! said...

1: you're awesome. 2: I subscribed to your blog just a few weeks ago when I googled pinstitching and you showed up with very useful instructions, so I decided to stick around (surprised myself by starting heirloom sewing when the baby showed up! My mother no longer has the inclination, so someone needs to!). 3: I didn't realize you were the same person as the pattern I just flagged to modify for my fifteen month old! Look forward to starting it. (I'm a month behind in my rss reader, which is why I just saw this post.) 4: are there any other heirloom sewing blogs of your quality? Very happy to have found you.

Sara said...

I'm currently making this dress for my hope chest! I am using the pattern found in sew beautiful and am a little perplexed one thing (I am new to heirloom sewing). Why does the pattern say to hem the top of the front panel to the right side (as opposed to folding it back and sewing it down like a normal hem)? It's step #3 for the center front panel. I would appreciate your insight! Thank you!


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