Sunday, February 18, 2018

A Little Black Dress (Burda 6988 ) and V1569 by Sandra Betzina

I'm excited to show my two makes of the week. As promised last week, I'll show you Sandra Betzina's V1569

and my finally made little black dress, Burda 6988

I'll start with the tunic. Here is my version but I have so many versions swimming around in my head I can't stand it !

The fabric is a medium weight textured knit in the middle and rayon ponte de Roma for the sides and collar. Great collar ,BTW !

I omitted the tabs that are suppose to join the front to the back. Instead I made these leather and toggle closures to add a little more interesting design detail.

This is a really easy make and would work just as well with woven fabrics. 
It's a slimming style and works well with jeggings.

I just celebrated my 70 th birthday and I wanted a special but simple dress for the occasion that would be easy and comfortable to wear. What better choice than a little black dress !

Here is my LBD at last .

I made view B but dropped the waist about an inch because when I tried this one before, there was something wrong with the proportions and I think the inch made the difference. Otherwise this pattern fits me right out of the envelope with only an upper rounded back adjustment needed.

I decided against a zipper because my fabric has plenty of stretch.I changed the neckline from a boatneck to a scoop neck .

I prefer 3/4 sleeves and although I tried the long sleeves first, they just didn't look as good on me as this length.

My husband helped me to decide on the length, thus just below the knee.

The fabric is a beautiful rayon ponte de Roma bought at Fabricville of course. It feels so silky and  luxurious against the skin. I love it.

I think my dress, because of it's simple lines ,will stay in style for years to come.
I'm really happy with it.

That's all for now . I'm starting to feel the call of my Spring Fashion Show and I'm wanting to experiment and try out ideas so that's probably whet I'll have for you next time. Thanks again for stopping by ! 


MaryEllen said...

Both of these look great on you ! Happy Birthday - would never guess you are 70 .

Dara said...


Abbey sews said...

So pretty. You looked smashing on your special day. Happy birthday and thank you for sharing.

Eileensews said...

Happy birthday to you! You look fabulous!

Jeanette said...

Happy Birthday, Diana! Both of your new garments look great. I'm wondering what is the difference between ponte and ponte de Roma?

Bonnie @ said...

Happy Birthday Diana! Hope you have a year full of Blessings!

Love your LBD, classy and comfortable! Great job & you look lovely!

Irene said...

Happy birthday!
Both vest and dress look absolutely wonderful!

babs said...

You look great for 70'!I love your dress.

Vicki said...

Happy 70th! Love the dress, it is very elegant.

Nursebennett said...

Happy birthday to you, Diana! That LBD is chic, elegant and you look strikingly beautiful wearing it. Black is my favorite color (my wedding dress was black velvet 😀 ). Love seeing your creations.

Joyree said...

Happy belated birthday Diana! Your sewing is always so perfect and fun to see. You are gorgeous in your party dress, but you are gorgeous in everything! Hugs, Joy

Judith said...

I enjoy your sewing adventures, along with your honesty as to why you wouldn't make something again. Your projects are so interesting!