DIY Little Black and Leather Brocade Dress

DIY Little Black and Leather Brocade Dress
Lately I’ve been obsessed with brocade and embellishments.  Something about brocade is very classic and elegant, maybe a bit too classic for me so a little leather was necessary which gives this beautiful fabric a bit of an edge.  This medium weight Italian brocade from moodfabrics.com will make any piece look a bit more special, so special I had to order more for a coat I envision.

The dress was made with the bodice of McCalls M5927 with the following alterations:

-Added 1″ to the front and back of the neck -Cut the front bodice piece 6″ from the top to create an additional pattern piece and seam line-Faced the back and front bodice pieces-Reduced the diameter of the arm opening to create a slimmer sleeve-Cut the sleeve at 11″ from the top to create a short sleeve
-Cut the sleeve 4.5″ from the bottom to create a seam line

The skirt of the dress was made by:
-Cutting two pieces of fabric 55″ wide x 28″ long.  
-Cut one piece of that fabric in half lengthwise, sew a 5/8″ seam basting 4″ down from the top
-Install side seam pockets
-Sew the side seams of the skirt
-Line the side and back seams of the skirt up with the bodice seams, using the fabric between the seams to create the pleats.  
-Sew the bodice to the skirt
-Attach a 19″ exposed zipper

 

Dress-DIY
Belt-Roland Mouret
Clutch- JJ Winters
Heels-Jean Michel Cazabat

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44 Comments

  1. January 21, 2014 / 2:36 pm

    Nikki this is my favorite dress you have sewn so far! You have given me such an inspiration to try something like this. The fabric that you used is BEAUTIFUL! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! Thanks for sharing Happy Sewing!

    • January 23, 2014 / 3:06 am

      Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚

    • January 23, 2014 / 3:06 am

      Thank you

  2. January 21, 2014 / 3:37 pm

    I just love this dress! I love the ladylike elegance juxtaposed with the edginess. Exactly my style! Just fabulous!

    • January 23, 2014 / 3:06 am

      Thank you Erica

    • January 23, 2014 / 3:07 am

      awww thank you

  3. January 21, 2014 / 3:50 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous. Very regal!!!!!

    • January 23, 2014 / 3:07 am

      Thank you Jennifer

  4. magaly
    January 21, 2014 / 4:38 pm

    I found your blog and I visit it everyday. Beautifull dress, shoes, you look very elegant. Congrats!!!!

    • January 23, 2014 / 3:07 am

      Thank you

    • January 23, 2014 / 3:07 am

      Thank you Stephanie

    • January 23, 2014 / 3:08 am

      Thank you

  5. January 21, 2014 / 6:16 pm

    I LOVE this dress. Modern and ladylike at once. You inspire me to try sewing leather. My machine has a foot to help with that.

    • January 23, 2014 / 3:08 am

      Thank you

  6. January 21, 2014 / 7:24 pm

    Exquisite! You should try out for one of those fashion design shows ๐Ÿ™‚

    • January 23, 2014 / 3:10 am

      Thank you Ty I would be the worst contestant lol

  7. January 21, 2014 / 9:07 pm

    This is an amazing dress! So well made, and fits you perfectly. Beautiful job! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • January 23, 2014 / 3:10 am

      Thank you Caila

  8. January 22, 2014 / 2:45 am

    Fantastic dress and fabric! I absolutely adore your style.

    • January 23, 2014 / 3:11 am

      Thank you so much

  9. January 22, 2014 / 4:38 am

    Love the embroidery and leather detailing! Such a cute dress!

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    • January 23, 2014 / 3:11 am

      Thank you

  10. January 22, 2014 / 4:49 pm

    Gorgeous on you. Of course, everything is! Love the seaming on the sleeve.

    • January 23, 2014 / 3:11 am

      Thank you Cissie

    • January 23, 2014 / 3:11 am

      Thank you Melissa

    • January 23, 2014 / 3:12 am

      Thank you Sheryl

    • January 23, 2014 / 3:12 am

      Thank you

  11. January 23, 2014 / 11:41 am

    Saw this over at RTW. Fantastic job and fantastic you!

    • February 4, 2014 / 3:06 pm

      Thank you Hillary

  12. January 23, 2014 / 10:55 pm

    Nikki, beautiful dress. You are so creative!!! I love your style. What you have done to the sleeves is unique. I really enjoy your blog!!!

    • February 4, 2014 / 3:07 pm

      Thank you so much

  13. Anonymous
    January 28, 2014 / 4:32 am

    Stunning! Your style is superior to so,e designers

    • February 4, 2014 / 3:07 pm

      Thank you

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