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little black dress

I’m so excited to share this with you guys today! I finished it up Friday and meant to post over the weekend, but it was so beautiful out, I just couldn’t sit down at the computer (except to read blogs and ooogle at everything on pinterest of course).

                                                                     Source: via Anna on Pinterest

A while back I had pinned a pretty little black dress from anthropology meaning to make something similar, had gotten the fabric and everything. What came out was slightly different, although I do think that it’ll get lots more use from me than the pinned one might have.

I loved the high neck and pretty trims on the inspiration dress, so that’s what I went for. I used my own pattern, just referencing some shirts I had to make the pattern pieces. And of course I did a little adjusting along the way, it felt kind of funny sitting at the sewing machine half dressed trying on the dress now and then. But it works.

[still need to add a hook/eye at the top!]

 I even put in an invisible zipper, a first on clothing for me, I usually just have used them for pillows, but the concept is pretty much the same.

I did fully line the dress with just some cheap broadcloth, and the main dress fabric is something synthetic (eek!), but it’s pretty and appropriate for the dress, just a simple pattern with a little bit of detail. The silhouette is pretty simple, just a couple bust darts to give it a little shape.

And I love the tiny crochet trim at the neckline and hem. It’s surprisingly comfortable and I think it’ll get a lot of use.

Even looks cute with a cardigan. And I really need to make the girls something similar, I just love the look layered with tights, very mod.

58 Responses to little black dress

  1. Sewing Mum 09.26.2011 at 7:36 am #


    I have not been brave enough to venture away from bought patterns when it comes to clothing yet, but I think this may just be the inspiration to go for it…

  2. Happy in red 09.26.2011 at 7:48 am #

    It’s adorable!! And the fabric is spot on. Really nice. You didn’t use a pattern? Weee!

  3. Sasha 09.26.2011 at 7:58 am #

    I love it!!!! It looks so comfortable!!! That is my favorite kind of dress =D You can wear it anywhere!!!

  4. Vicky 09.26.2011 at 8:25 am #

    wow. It so like your inspiration. well done.

  5. Jenny 09.26.2011 at 8:26 am #

    Make me one, puleeeeeeease! That is gorgeous on you! I love it, Anna! You’re all that and a bag of chips! 😉

  6. {Leila}Where the Orchids Grow 09.26.2011 at 9:20 am #

    oh this is wonderful Anna! I love the little crochet trim too!

  7. Marisa 09.26.2011 at 9:25 am #

    Ha! I’ve done that, too—sitting at the machine, half-dressed, trying on the item after each adjustment. It IS funny.

    It worked fabulously for you! Gorgeous dress.

  8. Larissa 09.26.2011 at 9:32 am #

    Oh, I love it so! Whenever I see a successful example of someone sewing for themselves, it gives me hope. Ditto on the layering with tights. And what a pretty model.

  9. Krista 09.26.2011 at 9:35 am #

    The dress is so pretty! And you look fantastic in it. I especially love it with the cardigan. Oh, to be so stylish! :)

  10. Sewing Princess 09.26.2011 at 9:55 am #

    Beautiful dress, gorgeous pictures. Congratulations!

  11. Maureen Cracknell Handmade 09.26.2011 at 10:01 am #

    Adorable, I love it!!! That first picture is my favorite and I love it with the cardigan. Have you tried to belt it?

  12. Rachel Hauser 09.26.2011 at 10:07 am #

    Yes on the tights! Looks great that way.

  13. Wag Doll 09.26.2011 at 10:30 am #

    Oh your dress looks fab on you, well done (and love the tights) x

  14. Vanessa 09.26.2011 at 10:42 am #

    Beautiful Anna!

  15. gail 09.26.2011 at 10:50 am #

    you look beautiful! great dress! soooo impressed and amazed by people who can make things without patterns… :)

  16. holly | bijou lovely 09.26.2011 at 11:26 am #

    Pretty dress, pretty lady :) Love your hair in these pictures!

  17. Kerry 09.26.2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Cute dress, the neck and hem trim details really make it work and I love your pics too, esp the first archway. I know what you mean- siting half dressed at the machine as you sew something and then try it on again- always hoping no one comes to the door whilst you are half dressed with pins everywhere!

  18. Briana Arlene 09.26.2011 at 12:50 pm #

    Very pretty. It’s so rewarding to make something that would have cost over $100 in the store. I love your boots and cardigan, too!

  19. Emily 09.26.2011 at 12:51 pm #

    The dress is darling and you look gorgeous! :) Pretty pictures too.

  20. dana 09.26.2011 at 1:06 pm #

    cute! and I LOVE the pics of you. Is that your house? the archway is awesome!

  21. chris 09.26.2011 at 1:10 pm #

    The fabric is perfect, you look amazing, and I love your house! What fun.

  22. Care 09.26.2011 at 1:31 pm #

    It looks fantastic, Anna! And you look so beautiful in it! :o)

    (LOVE it with the boots!!!)

  23. Lesley 09.26.2011 at 1:31 pm #

    Lovely! It looks amazing with the purple cardigan!

  24. Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home 09.26.2011 at 1:35 pm #

    You look great, Anna! What a cute little black dress:).

  25. Jeni 09.26.2011 at 1:35 pm #

    Oh my goodness! It’s gorgeous, perfect for Fall! And you even drafted it yourself! Before we know it, you’re going to be selling clothing patterns! :)

  26. Katy Cameron 09.26.2011 at 2:29 pm #

    Love your dress, and the inspiration it came from

  27. Carolyn 09.26.2011 at 2:43 pm #

    It looks amazing on you! Color me impressed :)

  28. Mindy 09.26.2011 at 2:47 pm #

    This looks so cool. I am impressed, that you tackled this project. You inspire me!

  29. Erin 09.26.2011 at 2:51 pm #

    cute to BOOT!!! Love this. love love love it.

  30. kristin 09.26.2011 at 2:51 pm #

    so cute, anna! that’s the kind of dress that will get tons of use. it looks great.

  31. Jessica 09.26.2011 at 3:17 pm #

    whoa Anna, you look smokin.

  32. Miranda 09.26.2011 at 3:19 pm #

    It looks great! Love it with the cardigan! I also wanted to let you know that I have awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award. You can check it out at my blog. Thanks for sharing all of your amazing things with all of us!

  33. QuiltyGirl 09.26.2011 at 4:23 pm #

    So cute!
    And your entry way looks just like the entry way to our house in Illinois! :)

  34. toots2u 09.26.2011 at 4:29 pm #

    Love it! Makes me want to be brave enough to sew something without a pattern.

  35. Jess 09.26.2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Go, Anna! So pretty! You, and the dress. I love it with that cardi, too. Layering time is upon us, yay!

  36. sewtakeahike 09.26.2011 at 5:06 pm #

    YOU!!! Anna, it’s so cute. I can’t get over how talented you are. And I think synthetic is a good thing for this dress to avoid wrinkles! It’s perfect!

  37. Nova 09.26.2011 at 5:44 pm #

    gorgeousness! love your version the best! too clever miss anna x

  38. Abby's granny 09.26.2011 at 6:45 pm #

    Very pretty! Love the fabric. It looks good on you too!

  39. Vanessa 09.26.2011 at 10:00 pm #

    Love the dress!


  40. Jessica 09.26.2011 at 10:02 pm #

    love the look in the outfit and the subtle texture it has. what a great go-to dress. You’re hair is also getting so long! Mine is barely getting long enough for a little ratty pony tail.

    I’m also one that ends up sewing in my undies when I’m sewing something for myself and having to try it on as I attempt to make it fit right!

  41. Sarah R 09.26.2011 at 10:02 pm #

    That’s really cute! I was shopping for a little black dress for a wedding this past spring. I never did find one. LOL. Great job!

  42. Gwen @ Gwenny Penny 09.26.2011 at 10:56 pm #

    Gorgeous, Anna. And you look fantastic in it. I love the way it looks with the tights and the boots. Really pretty.

  43. Emily Elizabeth 09.26.2011 at 11:50 pm #

    This is seriously fantastic! And a great inspiration to hopefully not take 2 years to get back to my pre-baby weight after this next one arrives! You look gorgeous :)

  44. Mauri 09.27.2011 at 12:48 am #

    nice work! seriously.. I’m feeling like a big ol’ lazy bone over here every time I see your blog! :)
    Isn’t it fun using Anthro as inspiration? I drool over their site/catalog and wish for the time to create the same things their pics are home to. You actually did it- SuperWoman! :)
    oh- and the colorblock warhol dress you made is gorgeous- I love it!

  45. ayumills 09.27.2011 at 1:12 am #

    This is such a fabulous dress! I would make a lot of use of it too!

  46. by night 09.27.2011 at 2:56 am #

    It is gorgeous! and looks awesome on you! I bet you’ll wear it very very often 😉

  47. erica 09.27.2011 at 9:26 am #

    Love it Anna! Looks great on you :)my one goal for the summer was to make an article of clothing for myself. It didn’t happen. Perhaps I will extend that into the Fall…I would love a dress similar to this.

  48. hart44 09.27.2011 at 12:18 pm #

    Your dress is beautiful :)

  49. Lydia 09.27.2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Wow! You look like one hot mama in these photos! What an amazing dress!! I am impressed!!!

  50. Sachiko 09.27.2011 at 9:43 pm #

    I love the dress and you look stunning, Anna!! Love the tights & boots too. :)

  51. V and Co. 09.27.2011 at 9:53 pm #

    you are hot

  52. Pascale 09.28.2011 at 3:56 am #

    A great versatile little black dress!! I love the style with boots and tights – you look great!

  53. Krista 09.28.2011 at 7:45 am #

    That’s adorable, anna! Love it with the grey tights and brown boots, too. You could wear that anywhere!

  54. Leslie 09.28.2011 at 2:28 pm #

    this is gorgeous…it looks so great with your boots!

  55. quirky granola girl 09.28.2011 at 10:55 pm #

    your dress is gorgeous and you look amazing in it. maybe i need to move into a clothing sewing phase so i don’t dress frumpy every day. or, maybe i’ll just watch you sew and wear the pretty stuff :)

  56. amandajean 09.29.2011 at 12:46 pm #

    oh, Anna!!! i wish i could just whip up something so beautiful! i love that it is a sleeveless, but looks great with a cardigan. perfectly flexible. love love love that. did i mention, it looks DARN GOOD on you!

  57. Dahlia 10.01.2011 at 8:24 pm #

    You look gorgeous! I hope you get/got to wear this on a hot date with Dan :) Beautiful work Anna!

  58. Anonymous 10.07.2011 at 6:25 am #

    Fabulous, you look just like Amy Pond from Doctor Who!!

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