Here is Isabelle in my finished lace dress refashion.
This dress was just waiting for a new life as a sixties style minidress . I decided to leave the puffed sleeves to give it a Carnaby Street look. It was a Lanz of Switzerland dress and cost a whopping 50 cents!
I cut off a couple of inches at the bodice to create a sixties style Empire neckline mini dress. I also cut off about ten inches from the TOP of the skirt and added soft pleats instead of the gathers. The pleats make it more streamlined as gathers at an Empire waist can look too much like a maternity dress. I was pregnant with my first in the 90's and all we had were ugly gathered empire dresses . Ugh! I wore some big men's overalls most of the time.
I cut the length off from from the top of the skirt because I loved the lace edging at the hem and on refashions it is often easier to remove the top part of the skirt so you don't have to finish the hem.
I simply cut a new neckline and finished it with a matching color of bias binding.
I added some crochet to the new Empire waistline and two different laces at the neckline to cover the bias binding I used to finish the new neckline.