FASHION SEWING: My Inspired Black Cocktail Dress...

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Another inspired style from my sewing inspiration list is complete!

Also, a pat on the back for me, because I made this dress with fabric from my fabric stash! NO NEW FABRIC was purchased to make this dress! This is no small feat for me because I could be over run with fabric at my house (which I am) but I will still, STILL go out and buy new fabric when I get ready to make something new. This sheer black fabric had been in my stash for years before I would figure out what to do with it.

The inspiration for this dress was the #2 dress above from my inspired sewing list. Now my sheer fabric has much less opacity than the inspired dress, yes, but in low light situations my dress will appear opaque (see my header photo) and I'm good with that. This dress was a pattern hack using McCall's M6118, and it was a pretty lightweight hack in that I basically just made the dress into 2 layers and added 8 inches in length to the sheer fabric portion. THAT'S IT. Everything else I did with this sewing pattern is as it was intended.

I always saw McCall's M6118 as a dress anyway even though it's marketed as a tunic or a top, and it was pretty easy to put together and sew if you're interested in making it. This dress would be perfect for receptions, cocktail parties, or anywhere that you would like to look a bit more elegant. I'd initially tried to finish it to wear to an evening wedding but it didn't work out. This black dress was still on my sewing table unfinished by the time the wedding rolled around so I had to go to my plan B. Anyhoo, scroll down for a few more pics of my DIY LBD! (do-it-yourself little black dress)

The sheer fabric shines through with the flash on...

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