My favorite dress – pattern review


The other day I was going through my photos and stumbled upon these. I have taken them some time ago on a cloudy and very windy day. Since this is one of my all-time favorite dressed I thought I’d share.

This is the “O” dress from “Basic Black” book. The patterns come in A0 format and the pieces are overlaid like a Burda-style pattern. This means that you definitely have to trace it. The instructions are not very detailed but I think that even a beginner can follow them. The illustrations, on the other hand, are very helpful. This dress was one of the reasons I bought the book. Another one was that Japanese patterns are known for their small sizing. At 5’3” and 130 pounds I wanted to see how the fit was. Spot on! Although I do want to sew more patterns to check it.


About my dress

Pattern wise


I sewed a straight size “M” without any alterations. The bust darts are positioned way higher than where my actual apex point is located, but after looking at the picture of the model on the book I came to the conclusion that this is deliberate. Truth be told I did try to lower them which resulted in them blending with the waist darts. When I lowered the waistline the whole pattern was off. Maybe I’ll try again but for now, I am very pleased with the results.


I love the v-neck. It’s subtle and it’s shape and size and shape are comfortable when you wear it. Bonus points you can bend over without any modesty issues.



The dress also features a high waistline and an A-line skirt, which is a very flattering design for most body types. Simple and elegant as this shape is, it can be worn on almost every occasion, depending on the fabric used. The hemline is also a winning point. Not too short neither awkwardly long.

All in all, this is a fantastic pattern and worth buying the book for. Any other fantastic dress patterns I should know about? I’m on the hunt for a sleeved version.


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