The Sweetheart Lace Pencil Dress for Charlotte

A few weeks ago I finished a really fun custom project that I’ve been excited to share here. The completely charming Charlotte is—among other things—a jazz singer and was looking for a really knockout dress to wear for a London wedding she’s singing at this month.  She wanted something romantic, feminine, and form fitting, but she was also hoping for something stretchy and comfortable for a long day singing. Her sketch:

After shopping around for weeks we found this perfect ponte knit at Yellow Bird Fabrics, and felt like we’d hit the jackpot. It was the perfect navy, it was stable enough for the princess seams, and it was knit—so comfy! The lace was actually from a dress that Charlotte found from Forever 21! It was just what she was looking for and had plenty of yardage, so we cut that bad boy right up!

 I used Vogue 8766, and combined view A and E. I used the wing-it technique for the sweetheart neck, and although I love the finished result, I definitely didn’t do it the easiest way.  The bodice is lined with a lightweight silky woven that was part of the Forever XXI dress, and we opted to line only to the cap to allow for more movement. We were lucky that the nude matched her skin tone almost perfectly!

Isn’t she gorgeous? I was so happy with how it turned out—it fit like a glove! Charlotte is also a talented makeup artist, and I can’t wait to see how she gussies up for the event!



I love the dress, and your description of it. The “wing it technique” is one of my favourites too, but I never knew its official name before 😉


wow! miriam, you’re amazing! quilting is NOTHING compared to fashion/apparel sewing. I make pj pants and maybe an occasional dress or costume, but would never attempt this! ((and I was a home ec major at byu – ha!))


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