Grace Kelly in “Rear Window,” Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, and Reese Witherspoon in “Legally Blonde”. What do these ladies have to with each other? Aside from their stunning acting skills, all three of them rocked the little black dress in their respective movies. The little black dress, also known as the LBD, is a wardrobe staple and fashion icon in and of itself. It comes in many forms, from the slinky silhouette Angelina Jolie wore in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” to Iman stepping out on the town with the perfect accessory (David Bowie). I noticed recently that my closet, iconic as it was, lacked this vital piece of fashion history. Although I love the leg slits and short skirts that my predecessors have rocked, I knew the Brassia Dress was the perfect pattern to fill out my closet. It needed that extra “oomph” to stand among the likes of Princess Diana’s “Revenge Dress” and Michelle Obama’s first official portrait as the first lady, so I attached (and detached) a flounce sleeve! This flounce is special because it is detachable, so I can have a whole closet dedicated to flounces for my LBD. Lace, diamond encrusted, fur, the world is my oyster… Oh, pearl-encrusted flounce sleeve!
For full pattern instructions, please visit the original post here! All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
The simple silhouette of the Brassia Dress is one of its selling points, but I really like having pieces in my closet that stand out. So, I added a very simple flounce detailing to the sleeves for the perfect accent.
I used the circle skirt calculator to figure out the proper measurements. I selected the full circle skirt and mini skirt buttons and cut the flounces to the proper length. I selected 10″ for the flounce, for my arm circumference, but you can adjust accordingly. I also made a set of flounces utilizing this beautiful scalloped lace. Instead of using the circle skirt calculator for the lace, I cut it straight and then gathered the top using a basting stitch.
I used twill snap tape and hand stitched it to the outside of the top of the flounce. Then, after hemming the sleeves of the dress, I slip stitched the twill tape to the inside of the sleeves. I made sure to keep it about a 1/2″ or so above the hem so that when the flounce is snapped in, you won’t see the tape.
I love how the flounce came out, and I love that I can make a bunch of different flounces and completely change the outfit. Using the simple black fabric, My flounces are sleek yet fun, while a lace insert will look more Victorian and dainty.
What alterations will you make to your Brassia Dress? Let me know in the comments!