Hot! The “Kate in Lace” Dress

I’m not a big royal watcher.  I think some of it is my age.  At 35 I never really saw William and Harry as hot but I also never saw Princess Diana as a peer who’s style I wanted to emulate.  So I began the decision making process with a google image search.  Based on my personal style I knew I wanted to emulate something that  Kate Middleton had worn but I wasn’t sure what.  I found this of her in a lace dress and knew I had the perfect fabric to do a casual version of that.

My dress is much more casual but my version of going out on the town includes my local Y and the grocery store so I would say its also more fitting.  I used Simplicity 2443 and some lovely lace print ITY knit.  The dress was not too bad to sew.  The straps are a bit challenging and I didn’t really follow the directions because there are quite a few reviews and pattern review that suggest doing things differently. I also removed the pockets because the fabric was so drapy that it made the skirt hang funny.   On that same note the fabric wasn’t too bad but after 3 straight weeks of poly I’m looking forward to making a cotton dress next week.

The Facts

Pattern: Simplicity 2443
Year: 2011
Fabric: 2 yards ITY $12.00
Notions: none
Time to Complete: 4 hours maybe
First Worn: Thursday when even my MIL liked it
Wear Again: Absolutely  I’ll probably also use this pattern again



Stephanie mother tried to teach her how to sew growing up but she didn't really get serious about it until her 4 year old daughter was born and she wanted to put her in fancy smocked dresses. Since then, she has learned to smock and sew. Her blog and screen name come from the initials of her two children Elijah who is 8 and Emily who is 4.


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  1. I love that you’ve made a casual dress out of a “fancy” inspiration. That’s something I definitely want to do more of as “fancy” events to go to are limited. Fantastic job!

  2. Stephanie, great job, I’m all in to making garments that expand a wardrobe and still tie in with a challenge.

  3. I love that ‘racing’ back on your dress.

  4. So pretty.. Love the fact that you took a fancy dress and made it more casual to suit your lifesyle..Great job.

  5. Great fabric match Stephanie, I’m not a Royal watcher either but I think you picked a winner to emulate and glad to hear you’ll use this pattern again, I love a go-to pattern the more the merrier. Well done.

  6. Thank you so much everyone.

  7. Cute and perfectly wearable – great choice!

  8. Great take on the lace dress. I like that fact that it’s got the delicate lace look, yet it’s still casual.