DIY Little Black Shift Dress

DIY Little Black Shift Dress
I’m one of those people that can never have enough loose fitting little black dresses, I find them effortless, classic and comfortable.  This dress was made with this crepe from  which if you love crepe as much I do and understand the versatility of this awesome fabric you will always keep this in your stash.  It has a nice weight, irons beautifully with very little fraying.This dress was made with Butterick 5211 with the following pattern alterations:
-Added a front curved flap to the dress by:
Cutting two pieces of the front pattern piece
Using a styling design ruler, cut a curve on the bottom right side of the fabric
Baste the front pieces together
-Drafted a long sleeve instead of the gathered sleeve
-Removed one pocket
-Removed 3″ from the hem
-Added a 9″ zipper on the back seam


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  1. February 28, 2014 / 1:41 pm

    This is gorgeous. You used a pattern I never would have considered before, but your version looks great.

  2. February 28, 2014 / 3:18 pm

    Gurl you are amazing with the pattern alterations!!!! Stunning as always!!!!

  3. Anonymous
    February 28, 2014 / 3:18 pm

    Gorgeous as usual. You're so very talented, and I hope you get more exposure.

  4. March 1, 2014 / 5:54 am

    This is gorgeous! Is the front two full pieces sewed on top of one another, or is it a second piece added to the bottom for the curved edge look? If it IS one piece – is it sewed down full or is the top layer loose around the hem to flap while you walk?

  5. March 1, 2014 / 7:22 pm

    Very lovely. Great Look.

  6. March 11, 2014 / 3:35 pm

    Wow! You improved the pattern by 200%! I have this pattern but never could have imagined your mods!

  7. Anonymous
    November 15, 2014 / 4:40 pm

    Hi Nikki, you are so amazing! I love your creativity. About this outfit, I love your diy necklace. Would you like to share the tips to do it ?

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