The “Black is the new Black” Dress

The Facts
Fabric: Black medium-weight knit from Mood $10
Pattern: A modified Stretch & Sew 1505
Year: 1974
Notions: Scrap of hem tape for reinforcing the shoulders
Time to complete: 6 hours (6 eps of Psych)
First worn: For pictures
Wear again? Yes, quite a bit I suspect
Total price: $10

I purchased this knit from Mood’s online sale back in the summer and knew all along that it was going to be a dress. It was only a matter of time, really.

I know some people don’t like wearing black because they feel like it’s too dreary, but it’s been sort of my go-to color for about 12 years now. I had a long black & white phase immediately after college, and now it’s black & grey. Way back in my school days I either read or heard someone comment that someone else was fashionable and they responded, “The secret is to wear a lot of black.” That obviously stuck with me as I developed my own style. That, and that you should have two weeks between wearing the same outfit. Anyway, black looks flattering on EVERYONE, you can always find shoes to match, and it’s a blank canvas for lots and lots of accessories! So yes, I love wearing black.

So I raised the neckline and made a little square detail in the center. I also made the skirt fuller so it would swish a bit.



Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.


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  1. Very elegant and fashionable! What a perfect pattern to use with your special “Mood” fabric. You look lovely!

  2. It does look lovely and swishy.

  3. What a great dress on you! I especially love the bits you added – the neckline cutout and fuller skirt. I can’t agree that black looks good on everyone, but it does look fantastic on you!

  4. I really like the neckline detail you added, it takes the dress from a lovely basic black dress to something special. I would see you from across the room at a party and make it a point to meet you : )

  5. From the first photo, I had guessed that it was a ’40s pattern, since they sometimes featured keyhole or neckline detail like that. Very nice; it’s the kind of dress that I’m sure you be struggling NOT to wear more than once every fortnight.