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Little Black Dress Inspired by Givenchy

Added Oct 25, 2009

by elainemay

Aachen, Germany






UPDATE: I’ve posted the pattern for this dress on my blog as a free pdf download. Check it out here

This is a little black dress I made, inspired by the Hubert de Givenchy floor length gown worn by Audrey Hepburn in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I was also inspired by Myk’s adorable “At Tiffany’s” dress which used a similar neckline on a babydoll styled dress. After seeing it, I envisioned the neckline and cutout back on a slim sheath.

I drafted the pattern for this dress using part of the lining pattern for dress 125 from the 5/08 issue of Burda Modemagazin. It’s made of black wool suiting and lined with black lightweight taffeta. For more photos and info, check out my brand new blog, The Selfish Seamstress.

Material Notes

Black lightweight wool suiting, black lightweight taffeta lining




Garment Type



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    Jul 25, 2013, 10.11 AMby Rahii Hassan

    Stuck! Can you please direct on how to fit the pieces together from the pattern you have provided..help me complete the jigsaw puzzle on the pieces

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    Sep 20, 2010, 08.32 PMby aluckmann

    Love it! Hopefully I gain enough experience to make something similar. (I am slowly making my way through my first dress ever)

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    Jun 7, 2010, 07.06 PMby clabrazil

    Amazing! Sehr schön und passt zu Dir!

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    Nov 16, 2009, 03.41 AMby petitmoutonbleu

    love it! i want to make one like that one!

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    Oct 28, 2009, 12.59 PMby anajan

    Another great one! Loved Myk’s version, your is as beautiful as hers.

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    Oct 28, 2009, 10.17 AMby yolandac8

    gorgeous dress!!! it looks amazing, and thank you for sharing it with us! that’s so generous of you!!!!

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    Oct 28, 2009, 02.15 AMby arete999

    Gorgeous dress!!!! Such a beautiful work elainemay! I just watched Breakfast at Tiffany several days ago and I was thinking to make this dress as well! Thank you for the inspiration!

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    Oct 27, 2009, 08.12 PMby jj1

    I totally love this black dress. The fitting is so perfect.

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    Oct 27, 2009, 08.07 PMby Deborah Hemlow

    Soooooo Gorgeous !!!!!!!!!

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    Oct 27, 2009, 03.38 PMby pie-83

    This dress is simply stunning!

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    Oct 27, 2009, 03.38 PMby pie-83

    This dress is simply stunning!

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    Oct 26, 2009, 08.28 PMby elainemay

    Hi everyone! Thanks so much for all of the kind feedback! I’ve been trying to reply to everyone’s comments on their walls for this dress and my gray one, but for some reason I’m having a lot of trouble loading BurdaStyle pages and getting a lot of server errors. At ~5 minutes per post, I don’t think I can reply to everyone on their walls. Sorry, but I really really appreciate the comments! @immi: I didn’t know about Myk’s dress being featured on the new site! That’s so cool- she’s such an inspiration to me, and her stuff is always beautiful, creative, and so well photographed. @juebejue: I don’t think the front of the neck is really providing that much support. If it were, I think it would be uncomfortably choke-y. The support is mostly at the shoulder seams, I think, so you might be able to cut the neckline somewhat deeper (though probably not too much of a plunge), as long as you have enough structure in the form of interfacing throughout the neck and back. And the dress is pretty fitted, so nothing is sliding anywhere :) I’m planning on posting the pattern on my blog as soon as I get a chance. If I recall, you and I wear just about the same size, so you can play around with it, if you’d like.

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    Oct 26, 2009, 02.45 PMby scheryka

    You are so talented, Elainemay. I love all of your creations. ALL OF THEM! I was going to enter the LBD on PR but I don’t think I can even come close to your talent. But I will still do it. :) Great job.

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    Oct 26, 2009, 01.51 PMby ink

    So beautiful! Poetic!

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    Oct 26, 2009, 08.27 AMby lybu

    This dress is HOT. Great done.

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    Oct 26, 2009, 02.09 AMby fifuzz

    Brilliant design, and execution. Just gorgeous!

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    Oct 26, 2009, 12.02 AMby chocolatefoxdesigns

    Brilliant! :D

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    Oct 25, 2009, 10.13 PMby josee91

    I’ve been wanting to make that dress for a long time! thanks for the inspiration :)

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    Oct 25, 2009, 09.59 PMby kikiramone

    It’s a beauty ! Congratulations….

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    Oct 25, 2009, 09.13 PMby kosmika

    Simply beautiful…

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    Oct 25, 2009, 09.13 PMby kosmika

    Simply beautiful…

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    Oct 25, 2009, 09.13 PMby kosmika

    Simply beautiful…

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    Oct 25, 2009, 07.00 PMby lunatepetal

    so beautiful and classy! the back is gorgeous!!

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    Oct 25, 2009, 05.23 PMby liaspace

    that’s very neat and classy :)

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    Oct 25, 2009, 04.55 PMby lizah

    LOVE IT!!!!

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    Oct 25, 2009, 03.46 PMby allygally

    You make the most beautiful garments. This is is gorgeous, I just love it!

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    Oct 25, 2009, 03.03 PMby ichigogirl

    Beautiful! You’ve once again made something that makes me want one too :-).

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    Oct 25, 2009, 12.06 PMby lie

    Wow!!!! This one’s definitely on my to do-list!

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    Oct 25, 2009, 12.04 PMby kleinfee

    perfect! It´s a wonderful dress and it´s great on you!

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