Simplicity 3874 - The Little Black (& White) Dress

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Project Details

Pattern: Simplicity 3874, View A
Taffeta (50% polyester/50% nylon)
Lining: Cotton Batiste
Notions: 22" invisible zipper; eye & hook and 3/4 yd. of 1 1/2" wide elastic

Since I made a day dress, I wanted one for cocktail hour too. This pattern is fairly easy, but I still had to make my usually alterations.
  • I cut the bodice in a size 16, the skirt in a 18 and I made a 1" FBA.
  • I also lowered the v-neck 1 1/2 - 2 inches... it looked a bit frumpy on me. Since I made this dress for "cocktail hour", a little cleavage was not going to hurt.
  • The pattern suggested only lining the bodice, but I chose to do a full lining.
  • I secured the lining to the dress at the hem with a chain stitch.
  • The armholes and the neckline are edgestitched.
  • The ties are encased and have elastic attached to them which makes for easy adjusting.
This is a very easy pattern and I recommend it.

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