Home » DIY wool and brocade LBD

DIY wool and brocade LBD

In my opinion, you can never have too many little black dresses.  With the holiday season fast approaching , this little black dress with perfectly placed brocade and a silhouette that ensures you don’t need to worry about any midsection bloat, it’s number one on my list.

The dress was made using this Donna Karan double face medium weight wool which should be a staple in everyone’s stash.  It’s easy to sew, cut and iron  and will definitely maintain it’s shape. This gold ikat brocade  is just beautiful.  It’s lighter weight with gold strands throughout.  Easy to cut, sew and iron.  I lined the dress with a silk charmeuse.

The pattern used was vintage Simplicity 6219 with the following pattern alterations:

-Added 4″ to the length

-Added 2″ to the length of the sleeve

-Added 24″ to the width of the front of the pattern

-Added a V-shape seam to the back of the pattern

-After sewing the front and back pieces together at the seam, take the remaining front fabric and pleat using an inverted pleat.

-Added the brocade to the bodice of the dress in a V-shape (it’s light weight and will not bulk).  Fold the bottom of the brocade under 1/4″  and double topstitch the bottom of the brocade to the bodice.

-Added side seam pockets








Dress- DIY Sunglasses-Karen Walker Booties-Manolo Blahnik Bag-Vintage


Shop the look



  1. November 21, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    Looks amazing. Love that you took a vintage pattern ( I googled it) and made it so modern. Wouldn’t have thought of mixing the fabrics either, but it looks great. Well done!

  2. Tanya
    November 23, 2016 / 2:19 am

    You are amazingly talented. Wonderful design, great fit and beautiful fabric. You wear your fashions very well. Kudos!

  3. Timesa
    November 25, 2016 / 7:50 am

    I love this one! I would have never thought of mixing the two fabrics. The Borcade is a great detail to the dress. Great job and thanks for sharing!