Little Black Dress

Greetings from Edisto Island! Hubby and I are on the grounds of the island’s historic Presbyterian Church now in its fourth century of worship, and which we found to be a perfect setting for photos.

I was on a mission to make brightly colored summer clothes when New Look 6429 leaped off of the catalogue page. It is one of those patterns I’ve been looking for since I returned to sewing nearly 5 years ago. Cut in shoulders, cut out neckline, simple and chic, I was smitten.

www.goodbyevalentino.com/New Look 6429

I also had a  beautiful piece of black stretch viscose crepe from Mood Fabrics waiting to be sewn. Often sewing is about creativity, but not this time ~ recreating View D was my goal.

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While the pattern doesn’t require a stretch fabric, I knew this crepe with its very slight stretch would make a lovely Little Black Dress (in addition to jackets, skirts and trousers).

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The dress is shaped by French darts which disappear into the texture of the fabric.

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To help the dress maintain its shape, I lined it with Mood Fabrics’ Antracite Black Acetate lining although the pattern does not require a lining. The neckline and tabs are faced with self fabric which left only the bodice to line. Here’s what it looked like before I assembled the neckband to the tabs and back shoulders.

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Oddly enough the back seam and zipper are sewn last.

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I understand why the instructions are ordered this way, but it is impossible to try the dress on before attaching the neckband. This means if you have any fitting issues a muslin is a must! The pattern is well drafted and my only change was removing 2 inches of length from the bodice.  The back is shaped by darts giving the dress an overall flattering fit.

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I can imagine this pattern again in every view as well as a variety of fabrics. Perhaps in this Geometric Riviera Pique which is in my stash, or tweed for the Fall, or View D in solid white.

As Nina Garcia says, “Often the perfect little black dress finds the girl when she is not looking.”

How true! While clothes finding sewers is a less direct route, my new LBD was well worth the gentle interruption of summer sewing and happy colors 🙂

Until soon!LBD-001

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Comments


  • PsychicKathleen
    June 3, 2016

    I too love everything about this dress! From the cut-outs to the shape with back darts which I often add myself to most patterns anyway 🙂 Seeing how your lovely little black dress turned out I’m hopping right over the New Look ! Gorgeous job you did and thank you for all the tips as well . I’ll be returning to this blog when I get to making one of my own!

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 5, 2016

      Ooh, I hope you will make one of your own! It’s a great pattern and Mood has lots and lots of great fabric. Good luck!

  • Nancy S
    June 3, 2016

    Very chic! And a perfect LBD or so many occasions. Your blog is a continuing inspiration. BTW, we were just in SC and Georgia recently, for the first time, and made a side trip to Edisto Island specificallly to buy Geechie Boy grits to bring home to San Diego. You live in a beautiful part of the U.S.!

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 5, 2016

      Great story, Nancy! Please let me know when you need more grits, and thank you for the comment 🙂

  • carmen
    June 3, 2016

    I recently picked up this pattern, too! It’s so cool, huh? I’m looking forward to sewing it up. Good job! It’s a perfect remake of View D.

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 5, 2016

      Thank you, Carmen and good luck with yours!

  • sallie
    June 4, 2016

    You are ALWAYS the epitome of chic, but this dress just confirms it! Gorgeous!

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 5, 2016

      LOL – I don’t know about always, but I am pleased with this dress. Many thanks, Sallie!

  • Olga
    June 4, 2016

    Looks so chic!

  • Amy
    June 4, 2016

    I just love this silhouette on you!

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 5, 2016

      Thank you, Amy. It’s one of my favorite silhouettes 😉

  • Fiona
    June 5, 2016

    O my goodness this is the perfect little black dress in my book! I might have to forgo creativity too and recreate yours! I actually have a RTW dress that’s fairly similar which is wearing out. Lovely job, it fits beautifully!

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 5, 2016

      I say its time for you to make a new LBD, Fiona! Thanks for the comment 🙂

  • Lori
    June 9, 2016

    A very beautiful and chic dress.