Black Wool Jersey Wrap Dress

You know what my closet is sorely lacking these days? A little black dress. Those are supposed to be essential, right? A dress to go with everything – for any occasion – easy to dress up or down, depending on said occasion.

DVF Black wool dress made with Mood Fabrics

Little black dresses are also kind of boring. Which is why you gotta up the ante with some fabulous fabric and a killer pattern amirite?

DVF Black wool dress made with Mood Fabrics

DVF Black wool dress made with Mood Fabrics

My LBD is actually a wrap dress – made with the softest, most snuggly wool jersey I’ve ever laid my hands on. I found this gorgeousness at Mood Fabrics in NYC – yep, same shopping trip where I picked up that star printed wool knit – and it was love at first touch. Up until that point, I wasn’t convinced that I needed a black dress – like I said, black is so booooring! Useful, but boring – but this was obviously fate.

Also, there was a hoard of ladies behind me making grabby hands and, let me tell you – nothing will force you to make a snap decision like someone suddenly expressing interest in whatever it is you are looking at. The toddler in me immediately pops out and starts yelling, “MINE! MINE!” Just me?

DVF Black wool dress made with Mood Fabrics

Long story short, I came home with a huge chunk of this black wooly goodness and set about making a simple wrap dress. There’s not much special about this one – other than, you know, the fabric – but sometimes, you just need a simple silhouette to be the backdrop for whatever other fabulousness you have going on that day (in this case, it’s always my hair 😛 ). Pattern-wise, this is a mishmash of 3 patterns that I cobbled together to get my ~perfect dream wrap~ (Vintage Vogue 1610 for the bodice, Lady Skater sleeves, and a backwards Miette for the skirt).

Construction-wise, I assembled the entire thing on my serger – which means that part went fast. The facings and hems are all slip-stitched by hand, which was quite easy (albeit time-consuming). This particular wool knit has a slight texture to it, which means that stitches just sink right in and are essentially invisible from the outside. Since the fabric is wool, it also responds to pressing very well – I love the sharp creases I was able to get at the hems and facings.

DVF Black wool dress made with Mood Fabrics

It’s also super duper decidedly NOT itchy, which makes this ideal for such a close-fitting, unlined dress – especially since it’s a knit, which means it’s not restrictive at all. It actually kind of feels like I’m wrapped in a soft black cloud. I ain’t complaining – I mean, this is a pretty good lookin’ cloud 😉

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  • Ginger
    October 13, 2014

    So chic! I feel like we don’t see you in black very often, but this looks great!

    • Lladybird
      October 13, 2014

      You’re right – I don’t wear much black these days. Which is funny because that used to be ALL I wore (aka Moody Teenager Style, ha!). Trying to get back into that because, well, black rules. It’s so elegant and goes with everything!

  • Kimberly
    October 13, 2014

    Well done. I love the fit of the sleeves, and the whole line of the dress.

    • Lladybird
      October 13, 2014

      Thanks, Kimberly!

  • Fiona
    October 13, 2014

    I WANT this dress! I can’t think of anything better than literally wrapping yourself up in cosy, snuggly wool jersey and still looking as chic as you do at the same time!

    • Lladybird
      October 13, 2014

      Remind me NOT to wear this while we’re being London Tourists, then! 🙂 Haha! It really is the best dress, though, I’m so happy it worked out the way I envisioned!

  • Lori
    October 13, 2014

    This looks great on you, Lauren and will be a well-loved addition to your wardrobe. I like the part about a not itchy fabric, I was wondering how you could wear this close fitting dress.

    • Lladybird
      October 13, 2014

      I love wool knits, but sometimes you gotta hunt to find one that’s not itchy 🙂 Whatever this one is made up (I’m thinking kittens and rainbows, in addition the wool) is pure, non-itchy magic 🙂

  • Mary Danielson
    October 13, 2014

    So gorgeous! Wow.The shape of this dress looks absolutely killer on you, Lauren. I love that this piece is at once so cozy, but also elegant. What a rare combination!

    • Lladybird
      October 13, 2014

      Ha! Thank you, Mary! The secret is in the fabric 🙂 Knit fabric always makes me feel so elegant while wearing secret pajamas 🙂 haha!

  • CatDoesIt
    October 13, 2014

    Tres chic!

  • Sarah Gunn
    October 14, 2014

    Love it! Is this fabric online?

    • Lauren
      October 14, 2014

      I wish! I think it’s only available in the store – if there’s even any more left. We might have obliterated the bolt while we were there in August 🙂

  • Cennetta
    October 14, 2014

    Ms. Lauren, There is nothing boring about this cute LBD. Soft and comfy is a plus too. You wear it well. Hmmm.., I need (I mean I want) a new LBD too. Thanks for encouraging me. 😉

  • Peter
    October 21, 2014

    Beautiful — that knit looks like it has a marvelous hand and black highlights your hair and lips so well. Classic chic!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    October 29, 2014

    I think this is gorgeous, classic and simple and super flattering. I love the image of being wrapped in a black cloud… it’s pretty gothic!