“Summer in the City” Dress: Common Thread Project

Surprise! I sewed something! Just when you thought all I’d been doing is attending seminars and writing about taxes… I also have a new finished dress!

Mena, the talented sewist and creative mind behind the Sew Weekly, asked if I’d like to participate in the Common Thread project. Each sewist participating would receive five yards of vintage ivory lace, to incorporate into a project of our choice, and share on the Sew Weekly site. The only rule was that the lace had to be visible.

I like a good challenge, and I like lace. So I said yes!

Here’s what I created:

It’s Vogue 1174, the strapless dress I made back in May, in a pretty floral cotton sateen. This time, it’s new and improved with straps, padded bra cups and of course, lace instead of piping!

Click here to check out my post on the Sew Weekly. While you’re there, check out what the others have done with the lace. So many creative ways to use lace in your sewing projects!

Want to know how to insert lace into your seams, too? Or perhaps how to make padded bust cups? I’ve prepared a few tutorials for the coming weeks, so you can try out some of these techniques in your own projects.

Thanks to Mena for inviting me to participate! What a wonderful concept. It truly shows how we’re all connected by our love of sewing!

More photos on my Flickr account here. Have an awesome Thursday!

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25 Responses to “Summer in the City” Dress: Common Thread Project

  1. jadestar April 14, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    Was just about to ask about tutorial then I read the rest of the post. I shall look forward to it.

  2. Ashley April 14, 2011 at 6:35 am #

    That is just gorgeous, I can’t wait for the tutorial!

  3. daiyami April 14, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    Beautiful dress! (did you add more ease in the ribcage?) Looking forward to the bra cup tutorial.

  4. Amanda S. April 14, 2011 at 6:57 am #

    Very pretty! I’d totally forgotten you made that Vogue pattern before.

  5. Trudy Callan April 14, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    Your dress is gorgeous. I really how you substituted lace in place of the piping. I’ve never seen that done. Looking forward to the tutorials. Thanks in advance.

  6. Patty April 14, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    So adorable – great color and I love that you’re wearing it with sneaks!

  7. Funnygrrl April 14, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    The fabric on that dress is gorgeous! And the lace is so pretty.
    “The Girls” and I would love a tutorial on adding bra cups. Thanks!

  8. lap April 14, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    I think the addition of straps really highlights your collarbone and shoulders! I love how the lace helps break up the pattern in the bodice as well. I think you could even wear a short or long sleeved tee under it for additional casual versatility.

  9. Lenora Jane April 14, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Whaaaaaat beautiful fabric! And beautiful execution too of course, I’m just still stuck on…whaaaaat beautiful fabric.

  10. Deidre April 14, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    So Gorgeous!!! Definitely my favorite by far!

  11. Leslie April 14, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    That is an amazing dress. I love the colors and the lace.

  12. Val April 14, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    So pretty! I love the details!

  13. Sewingdina April 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Fantastic dress – and far more versatile with the straps.

  14. Becky April 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    Yes! Padded bra cup tutorial! I’ll definitely be looking forward to that one. Lovely dress, too!

  15. TeaMyDear April 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    Found you through the Sew Weekly!
    Loved your dress and was interested in knowing more about your bra padding technique! I would love to hang out without my bra more often but am a bit worried about having nipples showing up… I’m also wondering: do you think removable bra pads would be a doable option for certain styles? I’m thinking it would be good for two things:
    – no need for pads for every garment you want them in
    – it will dry easier after laundry

  16. Annabelle April 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Just lovely Tasia. I have this pattern in my stash, but have been a little too intimidated to try it. I love the difference the lace accent can make.

  17. Molly April 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    That looks beautiful, and is the pattern I am cutting out right now! Inspiration and coincidence!

  18. Kristen April 14, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    It looks amazing! i love your use of the lace! And very clean job of it too. Lovely.

  19. Mayalili April 15, 2011 at 1:54 am #

    It’s a very pretty dress !!

  20. Ara April 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    Tasia, that dress is *so* pretty! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Shannon April 15, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    I just love how you incorporated the lace into this dress. It is stunning!

  22. Sophia April 16, 2011 at 5:52 am #

    What beautiful fabric! The dress looks great on you and it’s so Springy.

  23. Stefanie May 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    OMG that is gorgeous! I bought that same fabric to make my summer dress with too! So hilarious, great minds think alike!!!!

  24. Dorothy November 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    Love that fabric! The coors are stunning, and it’s such a beautifully designed pattern! Bravo!!!! (and you wear it so well)

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