First Place goes to Megan with a simple sheath dress that’s been cleverly paired with those dramatic bell sleeves. We loved the classic feminine silhouette and her careful design placement of all the lace elements.
When Megan submitted her entry, she told us the following about her sewing background and the inspiration behind the dress:
I have only started sewing consistently in the last year after I had my daughter, making lots of cute rompers for her. This is only the third item I have made for myself (the other two being a Mandy Boat Tee and the Sydney Jacket) so it was a big step up in technique for me.
I have made a dress using the Ivory lace and was inspired by this dress by Alice McCall. I fell in love with the tassels but due to the rules of the competition felt using the circle section of the lace would make a great substitute. For the pattern I started with Burda 6833 for the bodice and drafted my own sleeves and skirt using tutorials off the internet. The front of the bodice and the skirt are lined in an ivory satin, and I inserted my first ever invisible zip to close the centre back!
Overall I am so impressed with what I achieved and I am planning to wear the dress to a local Melbourne Cup function. Thank you for running the competition, I have really enjoyed the challenge of doing some selfish sewing and producing a dress that I love and feel amazing wearing.
Well done and well-deserved Megan!
Second Place winner is Clare with this gorgeous D&G/Zimmermann/Tory Burch-inspired dress. There’s SO much we love about this design, in particular the clever addition of the flounce and the way she used the dot element of the lace in the raglan and waist seams. You can read all the details over on her blog.
Third Place went to Kari with this simple, classic and summery silhouette. She achieved such a beautiful fit in the bodice and the shoulder straps extend and finish in a back tie. Such a clever detail.
You can see all the entered garments over on our Cut Out Lace Competition Pinterest board
. HUGE thanks to everyone who entered. We’re always thoroughly blown away by the sewing magic and creativity that happens when we run these of competitions and we hope you get lots of joy from your makes.PS If you’ve been inspired to make something now that you’ve seen all these gorgeous entries, we still have some of this lace left in both black