DIY little red dress

DIY little red dress
My version of the little black dress is the little red dress despite my love of the color black.  I’m one of those people that purchase 99% of my fabric online, so the need to touch and feel the fabric isn’t necessary.  I have a good understanding of how a fabric responds based on the content which Mood Fabrics does a great job of accurately describing. This dress was made using this wool from which is perfect.  It’s med/hvy weight, sews nicely and in addition to a great dress, it would make a great pair of trousers.

This dress was made using this Vogue V8840 pattern which has made so many alteration appearances based on the fact this simple two piece pattern as plain as it is, has endless possibilities.  The alterations made to this pattern were as follows:

-Added 6″ to the length of the pattern
-Added 1″ to the height of the neck in the front only
-Added a 3″ v-cut in the neck
-Added a 4.5″ keyhole to back of the neck
-Added 1″ to the width of the front and back pattern piece
-Added 5″ to the length of the sleeve
-Added a 2″ band to the hem
-Added a bell sleeve by cutting a piece of fabric 16″ wide x 26″ long, fold the fabric in half, sew the ends together and add to the sleeve by pleating.

Dress: DIY
Boots: Shutz
Clutch: Fendi

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  1. November 3, 2014 / 7:42 pm

    This looks so lovely! I discovered your blog about 6 months ago, and am so amazed by your natural talent. You have, in fact, inspired me to be bolder about going off pattern, or mixing and matching patterns! I have taken to using your blog as fabric inspiration, as well – which leads me to this question: Is this an itchy wool? Did you line the dress?

    • November 14, 2014 / 11:31 am

      Thank you so much! This wool is not itchy at all and it's pretty heavy weight. I lined it with a light weight charmeause which I love to line wool with.

  2. November 3, 2014 / 11:52 pm

    Agree with CEG totallly, with wool, if I don't line it, we have a serious problem!!! Please let us know the treatment you gave the inside of the garment!

    I've yet to see you in a colour that you can't pull off and I admire your production speed. I've been ages drafting my next frock from scratch and I keep changing my mind so I admire how you just get on with it and produce marvels!

    Thanks for the post.


    • November 14, 2014 / 11:36 am

      Thank you!
      Generally I have an idea of what I want to make ie: dress, skirt or pants and the design details come to me during the sewing process. This allows me to move forward with the sewing process.

    • November 14, 2014 / 11:36 am

      Thank you Tonja 🙂

  3. November 4, 2014 / 1:26 am

    You are my sewing idol! This is stunning!

    • November 14, 2014 / 11:36 am

      Thank you

  4. November 4, 2014 / 7:02 pm

    This is lovley and the color is beautiful. I love the idea of a litte red dress. I'm amazed at how quickly you lost your baby weight!

    • November 14, 2014 / 11:36 am

      Thank you Elovedra

  5. November 5, 2014 / 6:06 pm

    This is a "set fire to the rain" RED, love it !!

    • November 14, 2014 / 11:37 am

      Thank you

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