I wear lots of colour; I love it, mixing different colours, wearing things that are really bright. But who doesn’t need a little black dress, especially a cute retro one, just perfect to wear to see the finals of Miss Burlesque Western Australia. Just add red velvet heels, a black satin shrug (see this post) and a little black fascinator on top.
I had about four metres of nice quality black cotton I’d picked up second hand, a free weekend and a really cute pattern I’d been itching to make - Lekala 4061. I ended up cutting two of these dresses. The first one I made was more snug around the hips than I like, so I shortened it and made it into a super cute top. I’m planning on making more tops in this style; I think it would look great in bright colours and prints too. From now on I’m going to be on the lookout for more dress patterns that I can also make as a top!
When I cut out second one, I flared the pattern out a bit from the hips, adding a centimetre to each side of the pattern at the bottom, front and back and extending this back up to the hip. This gave me a bit more room around my hips. I like the silhouette this gives as well.
This pattern was quick and easy to put together. Keeping with the retro theme, I finished it off with some shiny vintage glass buttons.
This is a pattern I’ll definitely make again. I have ideas to try, a lace panel around the neckline, cute shaped pockets on a bright print. I could end up with quite a few of these!