The Little Red Dress in pictures

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Here comes some photos of the red dress. The Simplicty pattern 7914 is from 1968 and I find it pretty mind blowing that a pattern almost 50 year old can look so timeless. That says something of the value of classic designs. As for the fit I found it fairly true to envelope drawing, the dress is very fitted around the bust and shoulders and then flares out a lot.



I was a bit sceptical that I would achieve such fullness around the hem as the the drawing suggests, that is one thing vintage patterns from the 50 and 60’s can trick you with – unless you wear a full crinoline underneath, some styles tends to hang a bit flat in real life. But the way this pattern is drafted (and also due to the nature of the wool fabric) I managed to get volume without any undergarments.


I love how it fits over the bust, which I credit the combination of well drafted princess seams and the subtle bust dart. I will probably add this to my dress sloper – to be honest I think this pattern fits me better than the pattern I drafted according to my own measurements.


The pattern comes with a wide and a narrow sleeve and I picked the narrow since I feel that my short arms drown a bit in wide sleeves.



I opted for a visible zipper in the back, since I think it can add some interest- But it also requires a meticulous assembly and there are some small flaws here, but not too much I hope.



The lace collar. You’ll find a tutorial on how to sew a detachable collar here.



I’m also so happy that I splurged n a Versace fabric. For reference, the cost of fabric for the whole dress was around 50 Euro/55 USD. Dresses similar to this one from Valentino, Victoria Beckham and Lela Rose cost around 1500 Euro, at least. So I think the best “saves” can actually be made when we sewists spend a lot of money on the fabric.


Cheers, I am very grateful that you take the time to visit my blog and I wish you all some fantastic sewing experiences!


And to sign off, here is a quick little introduction video, aka a channel trailer, that I made this morning about my YouTube sewing channel.


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  • Reply
    December 25, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Merry Christmas Johanna! Love your lovely red Christmas dress and I agree – what struck me the most was that fit around your bust. I’m keenly observing fit these days as I have decided to make 2017 a total focus on fit and getting it right finally. Making slopers for pants, skirts and bodices including one for knits. That’s it. If I can get my fit just right I’ll be thrilled – what is the point in sewing beautiful clothes that don’t fit. It’s not my favourite aspect of sewing so it keeps slipping into the background but then I make something that just doesn’t fit right and I am growling with frustration. I had almost given up on wovens entirely for this reason but I love silk too much 🙂

    I love how the bust on this dress is a combination of princess seams and dart – maybe that’s the secret to it’s phenomenal success. I also agree wholeheartedly with what you say about investing in high quality fabric. There is a Tee I made recently based on Alabama Chanin’s work with reverse applique – mine turned out quite nice – cost to me was $80 CDN because I did use the best knit but on her site that top is selling for $2700 USD! So there you go. Go big or go home as they say 🙂

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      December 27, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Cool to hear that you made an even better deal then with the Alabama Chanin top, her work is amazing and I’m impressed to hear from someone who has the skills to mimic those designs. And best wishes for your year of achieving great fit. I agree it’s a lot of work figuring it out, but once it’s done it gets so much easier!

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    December 25, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Very pretty! If anyone is interested, Sherrie over at paper scissors cloth did a tutorial on how to draft one of those Dior darts. ( ) I haven’t done it myself yet, but your dress is such a good example of how nice they can look. Merry Christmas!

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      December 27, 2016 at 10:19 am

      Aha, Dior darts! I’ve heard this term before but I didn’t connect the dots. Thank you for pointing me to the darts tutorial, it looks fantastic on her. I will definitely use this to update my dress sloper

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    raquel from JC
    December 25, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Merry Christmas and a Happy 2017! You look gorgeous in red!

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      December 27, 2016 at 10:19 am

      Thank you and a Happy 2017 to you too!

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    December 26, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    You know I think I had that pattern at one time….and so reminiscent of the late 60’s….and the black collar is terrifico…..and the fit is perfect especially in the bodice….loved it!

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      December 27, 2016 at 10:22 am

      Thank you! Yes the style is all the things I love about the late 60’s. Chic and stylish, yet comfortable and free flowing. I guess that is why I feel the designs works well in the modern context too!

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    December 26, 2016 at 6:48 pm


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