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Victory Patterns Ava Dress – My LBD

December 16, 2013

I’ve wanted to make this dress for quite some time, and have had the digital pattern for over a year, but it wasn’t until I spied some black stretch lace in the magical wonderland of Boyes that I finally committed to it.

Black lace - stretch knit

Black lace – stretch knit

Although I could have paired the black lace with many different colours or prints, I was attracted to the idea of making myself a plain black party dress for the festive season, so I bought some black satin for the main body of the dress (100% polyester – this is Boyes after all!).  I’ve never made the dress before, but both the lace and the ‘satin’ were cheaper than buying calico, so I decided instead of making a toile, to just go for it with these fabrics, and if it didn’t work out, well, I wouldn’t have lost much!  You need 4m of main fabric alone for this dress, so wanted to be as thrifty as possible.

It turned out pretty nicely – the only thing I would change the next time would be to lengthen the bodice as it sits higher than my natural waist!  But other than that, the fit is pretty good.

Ava Dress - front view

Ava Dress – front view

The skirt took forever to hem and I was glad of having a dress form to ‘wear’ it for me.  I actually stood her up on the kitchen work top so that I could get the bottom of the skirt at eye level.  After hanging overnight, the bias cut portions of the skirt were completely wonky and I had to re-cut it straight before pinning it up.

Hemming in the kitchen!

Hemming in the kitchen!

I wore it for Thanksgiving dinner at a friend’s house, and wore it with the black satin belt I made for my Peony dress to pull it in at the waistline.  With the waist sitting so high on me, it felt more baby doll than it ought to, and I thought the belt helped to bring it in at the waist.  However, having looked at the ‘outfit shots’, I’m not sure I like it with the belt after all, as it seems to stick out over, and therefore accentuate, my belly! No no no!  So next time I wear it – no belt!

Wearing it...with the belt...

Wearing it…with the belt…

  1. December 16, 2013 6:35 pm

    The lace detail looks amazing and it was a great idea to pair it with plain fabric. It just emphasizes the lace more! I am surprised that you used 4m of fabric! Where did it all go? The skirt?

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 16, 2013 6:54 pm

      Thank you! Yes, the skirt takes a lot of fabric!

  2. December 16, 2013 9:10 pm

    This is gorgeous!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 17, 2013 11:24 am

      Thank you. It’s not bad!

  3. December 16, 2013 11:24 pm

    Beautiful! The lace yoke and the shape on you are both lovely!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 17, 2013 11:25 am

      Thanks Jo! It’s a good party dress.

  4. December 17, 2013 1:59 am

    It’s gorgeous!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 17, 2013 11:26 am

      Thank you so much!

  5. anne carter permalink
    December 17, 2013 4:34 am

    It looks lovely. I don’t envy you that hem sewing but it’s a good tip to stand it on the work bench.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 17, 2013 11:27 am

      Thank you. It is better than trying to pin it whilst wearing it, or having to get down on the floor!

  6. December 19, 2013 6:14 pm

    This is gorgeous! I love the lace neckline.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      December 19, 2013 8:59 pm

      Me too, it’s a nicely designed pattern.


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