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.
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?
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?
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.
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 😉