The black pattern-mash dress
Added Aug 10, 2010
Here’s a little black dress I’ve been working on for a few months now – finally finished!
I’d been thinking about this dress for quite a while. I wanted to make a basic black number that could be worn anywhere, any weather. I wanted it to be simple and classic – some might say “boring,” but I suppose that’s just what I like :-)
I did a bit of a pattern mash-up (I love combining parts of different patterns!) – I used a 1950’s Simplicity pattern for the bodice, and an 1980’s Style pattern for the skirt. I didn’t have to alter either pattern very much – I only increased the size of bust darts and made the front of the skirt one full piece, rather than having a seam down the front. I also lined the bodice instead of doing facings, and added pockets to the skirt. I finished it off with an invisible zipper and also made a tie belt.
The fabric is a black cotton blend that I got from an op shop.
I really love how it turned out, and can’t wait to wear it sans tights when the weather gets a little warmer.
Thanks for looking!
Black cotton blend.