Little Black Dress Workshop

I am a member of the Australian Sewing Guild at Rhodes and for the months of July and September we had a LDB Workshop, with Angie Zimmerman. Angie writes a lot of articles for Sewing with Stitches Australia (formerly Australian Stitches) and also has her own sewing workshops.

During July Angie helped us adjust our patterns to fit our various versions of the LBD and then in September I had my toile made up in gorgeous calico for the final tweaking of the fit.

I chose to use Vogue 8280 View F (top right picture, cream long sleeved dress) without the little cap sleeves and shortened the sleeves to 3/4.

We started with a size 6 using my High Bust measurement and a lot of adjustments had to be made from there LOL.

Here are the pattern pieces and I will try and remember what we did to each piece.

Front Bodice

Back Bodice


Skirt Front

Skirt Back – same as front except the addition at the waist is at the side seams.


Now Black is not a colour I wear near my face, so I have decided to make my dress in the Burgundy Wool that I purchased in Melbourne.

I’m not sure why but Vogue hasn’t lined the skirt of this dress but has lined the bodice. I will be lining the skirt as well.

Back soon.

2 thoughts on “Little Black Dress Workshop

  1. I recently came across your blog and wanted to say a quick hello. I have been considering joining my local Sewing Guild. I guess I should get busy and just do it instead of thinking about it.Looking forward to seeing your completed LBD. Looks like it is going to fit perfectly after all of the work you put in to adjusting the pattern. Good luck!


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