|Ecru Lace, via the Tessuti Shop|
How amazing is this lace? I may not be the biggest fan of the dress below (unless I wake up tomorrow with a hankering to look like a toilet roll doll), but I can definitely appreciate the lace.
|Chanel Dress, RTW Spring 2012 via style.com|
The lovely ladies from Tessuti and I are convinced this fabric is the real deal... The dress above also making the front page of Vogue Australia's February edition:
|February edition of Vogue Australia|
Unfortunately my fiscal reasoning doesn't allow me to make an entire dress from this lace, but I do have enough to make a feature panel and some little cap sleeves. Enter #131 from Burdastyle Magazine 07-2011, also available as a downloadable pattern on the Burdastyle website:
A few other bloggerette's are making (or planning to make) this little number at the moment - and I've heard the fabulous square neckline that I'm loving about this pattern is scandalously low, but it's a silhouette I keep seeing popping up:
Elie Saab Spring 2012 Resort, via style.com
Unfortunately I made the ultimate Burda downloadable pattern mistake - and forgot to add seam allowances to my toile! So it's a take two on that note.
I had originally thought to stick with the Chanel colourscheme of black and white (I loved the black geometric lines featured throughout their SS/12 collection), but considering I already have a white 'day' dress and that I'm a colour fanatic - I'm leaning towards a wedgewood blue possibly with a small slash of another colour, or maybe a hint of black piping as well?
I can't remember when or where, but I recall reading at some point that a famous mid-last-century's actress once wore a skin-tight dress that was underlined in flannel to give a smooth appearance even when moving. Possibly the slip Elizabeth Taylor wore in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof? I really wish I could remember. But I love the idea of this, especially as we are heading into winter! Most 'going-out' dresses I have are light-weight and summery, so if I have a fancy occasion on in the winter, my options dwindle drastically. Seems like a perfect opportunity to give this flannel underlining business a whirl!
|Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - via classicmoviestills.com|