If there’s a spectrum of extravagance, from extra to basic, I fall somewhere around “opulent” and “lavish.” Sometimes, that can crowd the closet, so I decided to make a basic dress that could handle a variety of accessories but still hold its own. The Brassia Dress is exactly that. With a simple, flattering silhouette, this is the perfect dress for pretty much anything. Paired with a belt and some booties, I’m prepared to take on the world! I made mine using Mood’s Solid Boiled Wool so I could take it into the fall and winter months with ease, which is perfect since Mood just received a variety of new colors! This dress is so simple, it can really be made out of anything with a little stretch, especially since it has no closures to worry about. A sturdy fabric would be perfect for this dress, like cotton sateen, ponte knit, or one of our new chunky knits! I didn’t use French seams with this pattern since the wool is so soft anyway, but you can use them if you’re working with a more uncomfortable material.
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 22.
The first thing I did was sew the darts on the front of the bodice and trim the excess fabric.
Next, you’re going to attach the front and back bodice at the shoulders, and then attach the sleeves. Then, you can simply sew up the sides of the bodice and the sleeves all in one go!
After that, you can put the bodice down and work on the skirt. Sew the back seam of the skirt and then attach it to your bodice.
The dress is basically done, all you need to do is hem it. I like the polished look of a slip stitch, so that’s what I did around the neck, skirt, and sleeves. But you can use the machine and utilize a nice top stitching!
And that’s that, a simple and chic dress perfect for accessorizing, gallivanting through the city in the fall, or doing your Holiday shopping on a bitter winter afternoon. With all of Mood’s solid boiled wools, I’ll be filling my closet with Brassia dresses in every color. What are you making your Brassia dress out of?