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The Little Red Dress – time to get sewing!


I’m finally ready to start working on my little red dress project! I have sourced all my notions and have a very specific idea what I want to do, namely a simple a-line dress embellished with an opulent detachable collar in black silk decorated with guipure lace and black pearls. The Versace wool fabric that I sourced from the local seller Italienska modetyger (the seller specializes in overstock from Italian designers) is a fantastic quality, soft yet has some body and still drapes nicely. I will line it with some regular acetate lining and make the straight sleeve version of the pattern (the black one to the left).


My inspiration board for the dress and collar design.

The project is initiated by Renata from Runningnstyle and the date of reveal of our makes is December 21, so the time frame is tight for me. I’m also travelling this weekend and need to have finished machine sewing the collar stand so I can do the hand sewing of pearls and lace on the train. So collar making is what I’m doing tonight! And then when I get back I need to make a muslin and fingers crossed I won’t have to do tons of alterations.

To be honest, this will most likely be another “can I sew a … in one day?” project. Last time I went into that black hole I even filmed the spectacle on my cellphone and a made video about the madness . I might do that again, we’ll see!


  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    December 8, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I’m excited to watch this project unfold Johanna but may I make just a slight suggestion about the lining? Since you are using such gorgeous and rather pricey fabric for the main body wouldn’t you consider using real SILK for the lining as well? It will feel so much better against our skin and breathe better and when you look at the inside you will be thrilled to feel such a luxury both inside and out. I bet you’ve got a piece of silk in your stash that would just make the inside just pop! Maybe even a luscious print with some red in it and the colour you’re using for your removable collar?

    • Johanna
      December 9, 2016 at 8:51 am

      I have thought about it, but don’t have any silk lying around and in Sweden silk costs around 7 times more per metre than acetate lining. So for budget reasons I decided to let that idea go, but agree it would definitely elevate the garment!

  • Summerflies
    December 10, 2016 at 4:54 am

    That wool looks amazing close up. I love that colour red. Can’t wait to see it on you.

    • Johanna
      December 10, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Yes the fabric is really special, I was very fortunate to find something so similar to what I had envisioned, most red fabrics I found was quite bland in comparison.


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