Thursday, June 5, 2014

DIY Women's Dress: The Lorelei Women's Dress

Woohoo!  It's my stop on the E-Beth Designs Lorelei Women's Blog Tour and Giveaway!  Thank you Elizabeth for allowing me to join in on the fun!  Be sure to read to the end of this post where you'll find a giveaway for the Lorelei Women's Dress pattern & a coupon code for $3 off the pattern!

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You may have seen the Lorelei Girl Dress that I made for PiePie and posted last week.  If not, be sure to take a minute to check it out!  I can't believe how cute it turned out and it was made from a bed sheet!

When I found out that there was also a Lorelei Women's Dress pattern I knew I had to have it.  

Here is my Lorelei Women's Dress...

I'm am so incredibly thrilled with how great this dress turned out thanks to Elizabeth's amazing pattern, detailed instructions and professional techniques used in the tutorial.

The Lorelei Women's Dress pattern comes in sizes 12 different sizes, 00 to 20 and cup sizes A-DD.

You know what that means?  You can get a completely custom fit with this pattern.  It also means that for those of you that have been blessed/cursed with a large bust, a full bust adjustment is not needed!

My dress was made with quite the range of sizes from a 00 to 4, but as you can see it fits like a glove.

I decided to make this dress using lace and chiffon... two fabrics I have never actually sewn with before.  

There may have been some cursing and seam ripping going on during the construction of this dress due the the fabrics I chose, but in the end I think it turned out perfect.

I used an invisible zipper for the back closure.  Elizabeth does a great job of explaining how to install the zipper in the tutorial.  If you are afraid of the zipper, don't be, it's not difficult.


You may have noticed the double hem of the lining of the dress.  That was a design choice I made to add a bit of extra interest design requirement when I accidentally cut the lining way too short for my comfort or taste! Oops!

I'll be wearing this dress to my sister's wedding in July and I found that there are several ways to accessorize the dress, but I can't decide what I like best.

Can you help me choose?

Which one do you like best?  Coral belt, ivory belt, aqua belt or no belt?

Elizabeth is offering a $3 discount for the Lorelei Women's Dress pattern by using code: blogtour as well as giving away a copy of the Lorelei Women's Dress pattern to 3 lucky winners!  Just enter the giveaway below!  If you happen to win the giveaway after you have already purchased the Lorelei Women's Dress pattern during this blog tour, your money will be refunded. 

Thanks again to Elizabeth for having me on the tour!  Be sure to check out the rest of the tour stops where you'll find quite the array of fantastic dresses ranging from Super Hero themed to Maternity fitting!

June 2nd: Fabulous Home-Sewn & Friends Stitched Together
June 3rd: Lulu & Celeste & Mimi’s Mom
June 4th: Sew Starly & Mama Lusco
June 5th: PiePie Designs, Two Novembers, & Friends Stitched Together
June 6th: Crafty Biggers, Lady and The Gents, & Growing Family 1

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  1. SO pretty! I think I like the coral belt or no belt best ha :)
    Have you done a post about your backdrop? I'm always wondering what you're using, what your setup is :)

    1. Thanks Ula! I have not done a post about my setup, but I've been meaning to! It is really just a simple paper background next to the sliding glass door in our kitchen.

  2. Gorgeous!!! You did such a great job! I like the coral belt best =)

  3. Great job! I like it with the ivory belt.

  4. Beautiful job on the dress! I love the aqua with it.

  5. White belt & closed toe heels - lovely on you!

  6. You look beautiful and the dress fits perfectly! It's a toss up between the coral and aqua belt, but I kind of like it without the belt as well. So I guess I'm no help at all :)

    1. Thank you Teri! So far I've had votes for all of the options, so I guess it's just gonna be a last minute decision. At least no one told me that they hated any of the options! ;)

  7. Gorgeous work! I like the coral belt best I think -- but honestly, they all work. It's a great dress on you and perfect for a wedding! Thanks for linking up at Inspire Us Thursdays!

    1. Thank you Ren! I still haven't decided which one to wear! I think I'll just take the coral and aqua with me to Florida and probably decide the day of.