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The black pattern-mash dress

Added Aug 10, 2010

by almalou

Melbourne, Austr...






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!

Material Notes

Black cotton blend.




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage
Cotton, Blends

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    Aug 15, 2010, 12.04 AMby almalou

    Thanks for your lovely comments, everyone!

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    Aug 11, 2010, 04.26 AMby ideagirl

    A classic looking dress — I love pattern mashing — this turned out fabulous

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    Aug 10, 2010, 05.08 PMby tamezdc

    Very nice!

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    Aug 10, 2010, 01.39 PMby silvermink

    Love it!

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    Aug 10, 2010, 08.22 AMby kihli

    Very well made! I’m thinking about a dress like that since about two months, too, and I like yours, which isn’t boring at all in my eyes!

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    Aug 10, 2010, 07.33 AMby pink-cornelia

    fantastic mash up! simple and perfect for every ocassion.

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    Aug 10, 2010, 07.33 AMby janene

    Nothing boring about it. Very lovely indeed.

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    Aug 10, 2010, 04.53 AMby louisebarbara

    this looks great! I love it.

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