A new Little Black Dress – New Look 6123

August 29, 2014

black dress18_730pxYou can never have enough LBD’s. They’re just so dang flattering and fun. Well I love this pattern so much that I had to make it in black. I made New Look 6123 last year as a test run. It turned out so well that I just had to make it again.

I love no-brainer dressing. For this, you just need killer shoes, earrings and you’re good to go. It’s also a versatile look. The pattern calls for a variety of woven fabrics, like cotton, damask pique, sateen, wool crepe, charmeuse, etc. so you can see that it can be a polished business look all the way through to an after-five look.

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I used a high quality ponte knit for the fashion fabric and swimwear lining. As before, I added the lining because I preferred that to the facings called for in the instructions. Working with the lining fabric was a lesson in fabric selection. Swimwear lining is not meant to be as heavily manipulated as I did in constructing this dress. It snagged a few times and its fragile in terms of seam ripping. I will have to find something more appropriate, but it served the purpose.

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I have been doing heavy weight training since I made this dress back in December. My figure has slimmed out through the middle and my thighs and bum are more muscular.

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This all required A LOT of pattern alterations.

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As you can see, I hit several points on the front bodice:
– decreased neckline to address gapping in the front
– raised the side bust dart for a more flattering placement
– decreased bodice width

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It was worth the editing as the dress lays much more smoothly across the front.

I placed the gathers and ruffle on the right side instead of the left…just cause. LOL.

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From the back, I managed to improve the fit especially at the waist. I’m short-wasted so that’s a standard adjustment for me.

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Overall, can’t say how happy I am with how this turned out.


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  • Reply Stephanie Newman August 29, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    The dress looks great and so do you! Nice work!

  • Reply Sheseams August 29, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    It’s jammin!

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