The Little Black Dress: How to make the perfect one for you

ISBN: 978-1-86108-623-5

Your edition of this book may require the following corrections, these appear in bold:

A Little Black Timeline 
Page 12 
In the Victorian and Edwardian eras, black dresses were worn as symbols of mourning – for at least two years after a significant death.

Equipments and Materials 
Page 23 – Overlocker or Serger 
You can finish seams very well by using the zigzag setting on your normal machine.

Page 49 – To insert an invisible zip 
As with many other sewing techniques in this book, this process is much simpler than it seems.

Buttons and Rouleau Loops 
Page 54 – How to make rouleau loops – step 3 
Very slowly and carefully pull through, turning the rouleau right side out (3a & 3b).

The Body Block 
Page 62 – Step 3 
If you are modeling the top and skirt separately, you also need to measure the same amount in from the skirt centre front.

Full Block 
Page 79 – Fitting the body block 
Place it onto your model, wearing only foundation garments rather than the t-shirt.

The Sleeve Block 
Page 83 – Step 9 
As the underarm shape is now drawn into our sleeve, let’s draw in our sleeve head. 
Page 84 – Step 12 
You may find the curves on your designer’s square to be useful for this. 
Page 91 – Last paragraph 
Consequently, they lose confidence and put the book away.

A Dress to Suit You 
Page 94 – Tip 
While there aren’t any hard and fast rules – this exercise may encourage you to try something new.

Page 114 – Step 11 
I used an overlocker but you can easily zigzag or overcast the fabric as we did on page 39 (11a & 11b).

Page 122 
Let’s make a start. First we need to create a paper pattern for this dress. Use the block pieces – from the first body block made earlier.

The Little Black Hat 
Page 166 
Whether you are going to the races or just dressing to the nines for no occasion at all, this hat is simple to make yet sophisticated to wear.

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