March 3, 2015

It is no mystery why Little Black Dresses are so popular.  They are super flattering and appropriate for a myriad of occasions.  I pretty much live in blacks and neutrals, so I find it shocking that it has taken me this long to get on the bandwagon and make myself one.

The pattern is McCalls 6886 – a simple knit dress that Sonja of Gingermakes recommended.  I had also thought about using the Nettie because Sallie’s is so awesome, but in the end went for something a little less bodycon.  I was really pleased with the pattern.  I cut a straight size 12 per my measurements, but could have probably gone with a size 10.  I ended up just trying it on inside out and nipping it where needed with pins and then sewing which worked out just fine.

I did make quite a few adjustments for my personal taste.  First of all I used an exposed zipper for center back. This was my first ever exposed zipper and I love the look, but there was certainly a learning curve.  I used this tutorial which meant adding a facing which got a little bulky – I think I would use a lining for the facing next time, not the ponte which I used. To accomodate the zipper I had to cut the back into two vertical pieces instead of just one as the pattern is drafted.  I added a seam allowance  of coarse and it worked out well.

I also made a facing for the neckline instead of the recommended turn and stitch method. I just thought it looked better as I was trying to make this dress a little more dressy and less tshirt dress.  For the sleeves and hem I used a double needle to allow stretch, but still keep it simple.

The fabric is just a black ponte from my stash.  Can’t remember where I originally bought it, but it’s a nicer quality – more rayon, less polyester.  I love sewing with and wearing ponte knit.  It’s easier to work with than most knits, plus it’s thicker so for a slim fitting dress like this one, it feels less revealing than a shinnier or thinner knit would be.

Outfit Details:

Dress : Handmade by me (pattern is McCalls 6886)

Shoes : Nine West Sandal


And yes, in case you are wondering, I was absolutely frozen during this photoshoot.

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  • Reply Maddie March 3, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    Va va voom Kelly! You are a knockout. I want one!

    • Reply Maddie March 3, 2015 at 8:04 AM


    • Reply True Bias March 3, 2015 at 9:48 AM

      Thanks so much Maddie. You should totally make one!

  • Reply sallie March 3, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Yowza!! You look fantastic! And there is really nothing better than this type of dress – you just can’t go wrong! I love the addition of the gold zipper. It was definitely worth the extra pattern manipulation to get a little bling back there!

    • Reply True Bias March 3, 2015 at 9:47 AM

      thanks sallie. your version totally inspired me!

  • Reply Emilie March 3, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Looks amazing!

    • Reply True Bias March 3, 2015 at 9:47 AM

      Thanks so much Em. Hope you and your family are doing well and staying warm in this crazy weather!

  • Reply Carolyn March 3, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    You look fantastic in this dress! Love the changes you made to the pattern to make it more you!!!

  • Reply Timeka March 3, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Great dress!!! You look fantastic and I love the exposed gold zipper detail.

    • Reply True Bias March 3, 2015 at 9:46 AM

      thanks so much Timeka. So glad I added the zipper.

  • Reply Ginger March 3, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Wow! This looks fantastic on you!!! So chic!

  • Reply Suzanne March 3, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Get inside girl! It’s c-c-c-c-cold outside for sandals!

  • Reply Amy L March 3, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Way to get the photo despite the cold!
    Love the addition of the exposed zipper – makes the LBD a little more exciting. This pattern has been in the queue for my winter, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. More mulling over now that I’ve seen your zipper….

  • Reply Lori March 3, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Fabulous dress and the exposed zipper is wonderful on it.

  • Reply lisa g March 3, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Love this dress! The exposed zipper was a smart addition.

  • Reply Caroline March 3, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Great work, your dress looks sophisticated and elegant!

  • Reply Carole March 3, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Oh lovely dress, might have to make one for myself

  • Reply Teri March 3, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    This dress looks great on you! I love the exposed zipper. I haven’t ever done an exposed zipper and I love how they look. I’ll have to check out the tutorial you used. I can’t believe you braved the snow in sandals and bare legs! That is dedication!

  • Reply Begum Sen March 3, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    Wow, simple yet so elegant! I would probably wear shiny necklaces with it 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca March 3, 2015 at 1:28 PM

    What a fabulous dress. I love the fit and the back zipper detail . Looks amazing on you!

  • Reply emily marie March 3, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Gorgeous! The fit is perfect and it’s making me want to order some ponte right this second! You truly can’t go wrong with a black dress, and that zipper is super chic- I’m always a fan of gold over silver.

  • Reply Heather March 3, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    This looks amazing on you!! I love the exposed zipper too!

  • Reply kristin March 3, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    yep that is one awesome dress!! love the exposed zip; i bet you get tons of wear out of this one.

  • Reply Sophie March 3, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Really beautiful make! I love it all, especially the long sleeves (which are obviously necessary where you are) and the zipper. Great idea to add a facing, I agree, makes for a much nicer finish when we can be bothered.

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  • Reply Monica March 3, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    This is fantastic! I love that exposed zipper A LOT. A lot, a lot. Wardrobe staple right here, it would also look so cute with a jean jacket…

  • Reply Diane March 3, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    I just love everything about this dress – and it looks great on you!

  • Reply Margo March 3, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Gorgeous dress! I love the zip and you can never go wrong with a LBD…the possibilities are endless.

  • Reply Kat @ House of Lane March 4, 2015 at 2:35 AM

    What a beautiful dress! I love the addition of the exposed zipper. Very cool.

  • Reply Kay March 4, 2015 at 4:50 AM

    It looks great on you. I love the exposed zipper.

  • Reply oonaballoona March 4, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    i seriously cannot believe you don’t have six or seven LBDs in your closet! i love that exposed zipper, it gives it a surprise edge– classic rock in the front, hard rock (heavy metal!) in the back 😉

  • Reply Michelle March 4, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    The exposed zip is a great detail! I love a great LBD, and I love that you chose to sew one in a ponte. I bet it’s really easy and comfortable to wear.

  • Reply Charlotte Wensley March 4, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    This is lovely and looks fabulous on you. I cannot believe you shot this WITH NO TIGHTS! I tried a couple of weeks ago – lasted five minutes. Bravo!

  • Reply Gail March 5, 2015 at 1:45 AM

    I’ve realised that a LBD is a missing element in my wardrobe. Love the simplicity broken only by the exposed zipper.

  • Reply muenzeeins March 5, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    looks amazing!! the exposed zipper is a super idea!!

  • Reply Rachel March 16, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    That’s a killer dress. I want one!!

  • Reply Faye Lewis December 13, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    It’s wonderful! Classy and edgy at the same time. Love it so much!

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