I love lace clothing. Nothing looks classier than a girl of any age in pretty lace! This lace creation started out as an adult women's dress. Right before my oldest daughter got married, she purchased a beautiful lace dress direct from China that looked like this (it was a Kate Middleton copy-cat dress):
Sadly, the dress didn't fit my tall daughter. She also has long legs and the dress was definitely designed for a short person. This dress has been hanging in a closet for years and has never been worn. The fabric is golden layers of classic beautiful lace.
I pulled the dress out of the closet and decided that this was the year to refashion it into a wearable article of clothing for my granddaughter.
To start the refashion, I used Simplicity pattern #1476A, view A but added long sleeves since this was going to be a winter/Christmas dress.
I cut the skirt and the bodice apart. The original dress had pretty lace around the skirt and I left that intact.
To give you an idea as to how short the dress was originally, I only needed to cut 2" off the original skirt to make it fit this almost 3 year old.
I carefully unpicked the zipper and reused. The sleeves were simply cut down to scale. I reused the gold lace that edged the original dress to edge the neck and the bottom of the sleeves. To finish the dress, I made a simple 3" gold sash which I permanently attached at the waistline.
I loved that the lace was so easy to sew. This is now a wearable holiday dress for my granddaughter. The nice thing is, my daughter can finally enjoy this dress but on her daughter instead of herself. xoxo Grandma