I did make some slight changes - first of, the apron front, I did not opt for the side drapes, not my personal favorite style, so I left that off. Secondly, on the bodice front, it was hard to tell if the white lace at the "V" point went all the way around the hem of the bodice or was simply an accent, I opted for the simplicity of the accent of white lace due to the bodice design of the bustle back. Next, I used some creative liberty interpreting what I think the back of the gown may have looked like based on the back of the other dress to the far left. Lastly, the description of the original gown was "Ecru with Pink Carnations", and my fashion fabric is "white with Coral Roses". I wish I had thought before had to give the gown a quick dip in a tea stain dye before I added the white lace to make in more inline with the original, but I thought about that after the fact. Next time!
The lace is vintage and is in perfect condition. It is the first lace I could not identify, so if any of you know what it is, please let me know! It is cotton, 4" wide, white, and very sturdy. I purchased eight yards of it years ago from a seller in England. When I was pressing it, it had that "old" smell to it. Those of you that purchase vintage textiles know what I am referring too yes? I thought it was just the perfect lace for this ensemble and added that authentic detailing.