The Little Bias Dress pattern has landed

Little Bias Dress pattern- download from VV Free Patterns page

aka the LBD.

“Just-below-the-knee 30’s inspired bias dress. It fits snug over the hips and the lower skirt then flares out into a 1⁄2 circle. The V-neck bodice is cut on the straight grain and finished with a facing. There is shirring under the bust and across the back waist which also has a 2 piece belt. The entire skirt and the fluted 3⁄4 circle sleeves are cut on the true bias. All seams are best simply pinked and pressed open though french seaming the long side seams of the nightgown worked well. Sleeve and skirt hems are finished with either a hand or machine rolled hem. Armholes are bound with bias strips. This 10 piece pattern (all seam allowances included on the pattern) is sized to fit a UK size 10/12, 162-167cm/ 5’4”-5’6”height person. “

So, after making my LBD dress first posted about here last month I thought it could be adapted to also make a sweet 30’s style nightgown…and in some soft  embroidered cotton lawn it did. The instruction pdf I just posted suggests tells how the adapt the dress pattern to make this style too along with pattern/body measurements, fabric suggestions, notions and a cutting layout even 🙂 I think by following the Threads grading guide it would not be difficult to grade this pattern up a couple of sizes.

LBD3LBD nightgown

However I should warn you the tiled pattern is a whopping 28 pages to print and tape together!  If you know of a CAD print service ( for instance) to whom you could email the full A0 pdf (edited to add: 33.1 x 46.8 inches) and have them post you back a full size printed sheet drop me a note via my VV contact form and tell me you would very much like a full sized pdf. For the brave and patient among you the  sewing instruction pdf and tiled pattern pdfs are now all up on the VVFree page …in both A4 and US letter tiled formats 🙂

If someone could give me suggestions of similar digital printing services in the US, Canada Europe etc I’d be grateful as I’d like to list them on the blog because it’s a question I get asked from time to time and I only know the UK possibilities.

My next post will be for a draw to win one printed  pattern of that other dress now known as the Bloggin’ Blues dress even though my blog blues are long gone. As soon as March begins the year ahead feels full of promise even though the weather here is still perfectly miserable.

I love me a violet posy.


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    • Click the link on my site menu bar at the top of the page to go to VV Free Patterns and Tutorials. You will find the pattern down the page a ways. Meanwhile I will fix the link in the original post… guess it broke when I moved the site to self hosted. Thanks for letting me know.

  1. One last question, this pattern it says is written to accommodate two sizes, one smaller and one larger but I am only seeing one set of cut lines on the patterns…are both sizes cut on the same lines for the patterns but the seam allowances are different for either size (smaller size with a larger seam allowance, larger size with a smaller seam allowance)? What is the seam allowance?

    • In the measurement section I do say it fit’s busts 34 ½”-36″but that doesn’t mean different cutting lines, simply that in my opinion that’s the bust measurement range the dress fits best.I measure 36″ and wear a 34C and so it can be figured that it will also fit someone who wears a 32D cup hence my saying it fits a C or D cup Some actual pattern measurements are also given in the instructions, in this instance the actual pattern bust measures 38″ …. so it’s a matter of how much ease the wearer prefers, how much give in the fabric etc. A cotton version will fit more snug than a silk generally. Making a muslin/toile is an extremely good way to check these things out. The seam allowances are all marked on the pattern, in general they are 3/8″ but some, the facing edge for instance are smaller. All are marked though by dotted lines.

  2. Would the skirt still maintain its shape and billow/flow if you use silk but then overlay it with lace to cut down on the sheen from the silk?

    • Movement wise yes, a Chantilly lace as its very fine looks delicate even when there is a lot of it and I’ve done very full fishtail styles in slightly heavier French Alençon lace that moved well too but that didnt exactly billow. I think either would look beautiful. But the lace middle section of the skirt would need a different pattern, not the same as the silk bias one…. a slim one cut on the straight and carefully fitted over the silk and adjusted so the join lines to the lower section hit the same level. Important that the lace not be fitted overly tight over hips as it just wont give as much as the bias silk will when someone sits down for instance.

      I’d probably construct a lace over silk dress like this as the lace all cut on the straight grain, attached to silk layer at neckline, armholes and under-bust seam but hanging free below.
      Also a crepe silk could be used which of course has much less shine than a satin faced silk.

  3. I love this design. I am thinking about using this pattern for my wedding dress. Do you think it would work if I just made the lower part of the skirt longer or would the skirt be too flared/wide.

    • The lower part of the skirt is 1/2 circle so it will be a lot of fabric by the time you lengthen it …. but that isnt necessarily a bad thing. I suggest you toile it first and see what you think and then modify it to your liking. Only the middle and lower parts of the dress are on the bias and do need a fabric that works well cut like that…. the bodice and sleeves are on the straight so they could be in lace or something else if you liked. Just get in touch via my contact form ( ie email) if you have more questions I can help with. I hope you do use the pattern as a wedding dress. how exciting 🙂

    • Yes certainly. My black one is made from silk charmeuse. Crepe de chine, heavier silk crepe, georgettes (silk, rayon or poly) , rayon crepes, all these sort of fabrics will work well. Also a few versions have been made very successfully in soft cottons that have a good bias stretch to them

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  6. Bonjour j habite en France à Lyon j adore votre robe. Comment je fais pour télécharger le patron please. Et je parle pas du tout anglais !!!! Quelqu un peut m aider. <3

    • bonjour, si vous m’envoyez de mon formulaire de contact Je t’enverrai le modèle. J’ai utilisé Googlr Traduire pour ce que des excuses si terribles français 🙂

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    • Thank you Sarah 🙂 Your version is so pretty!! I’m planning to add a different sleeve for an autumn/winter version too (as you mentioned that on your blog)
      Thank you very much for sharing your results.

  8. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern…I have been eying it for awhile and have decided that this shall be my birthday dress for this year!!! You are so kind for letting us download for free

  9. Just found you and so glad I did, I love your style….it’s so me! I can’t wait to make this dress, I’ll be sure to send you a picture when I do. Thank you!

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  11. this is stunning! I’m looking for a 30’s inspired wedding dress and the LBD has a lot of what I’m searching for. I think I’m going to have to download it! Thanks for sharing your talent.

    • Good luck with that! I’m actually making someone a bias wedding dress loosely based on this pattern myself at the moment. If it works as a base for you I’d really love to see how you adapt it.

  12. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!!

    Here in the continental US, Staples, Office Depot and FedEx Office (formerly Kinkos) can all print wide format black and white on thin paper. It is used most often for blueprints, but can easily be transferred to other uses. It is really inexpensive (usually less that $5 for a 36″x48″ print) and quick. We would need to know how large the final print size is in inches, so we can tell our printer how to scale it.

    Hope that helps! Thanks again for making this amazing pattern available to us!

    • Hi Casey, good point. A0 is 46.8 x 33.1in. I’ve now added that on the pdf file name so any printer it goes to will know by one or the other.
      And thanks for the printing places info!

  13. Very nice. I suppose at a pinch the nightie could be adapted to work as a long dress with the right fabric.

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  15. Absolutely fantastic. This is the first time I have visited your blog but I am going to become a subscriber right now. I have fallen in love with this dress and I think I have found my next project.

    Thank you so much for your generosity.


  16. This dress is so awesome!!
    Here in Berlin, I know a few copy shops which offer printing large formats as A0, and my university’s computer and printing service offers poster printing, too.

    • Thanks! Could you let me know the internet address of at least one copy in Berlin and I will make a link list and including. If you would like an A0 size pattern to have printed just use a contact form to let me know your address to email it to.

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  18. You are so generous..Thank you, Thank you very much!! I love reading your blog and everything you share. Oh and a thought… The dress you made from the Fab Gabs inspiration reminds me so much of Vogue reissue 8728..I Love the simple dress, I have one but yours? my goodness, you have made it extra special..

  19. Thank you from Africa! The dress is divine and I shall endeavour to make it for a friend in London for her birthday. I feel inspired and think it will look gorgeous in dark green or burgundy! Thanks so much!

    • I agree, this shape certainly would look good in a stretch fabric but I have to point out that this that this particular pattern is cut for woven fabric used on the bias, not stretch fabrics! Could work in stretch with lots of tweaking…. but could also be a disaster 🙁

  20. I searched for a printer in my city and found one who will send prints to anywhere in Canada and the US. I will confirm and get more details next week after I talk to them.

    • Thank you.
      Your comment made me laugh 🙂 A “whole new sexy lifestyle” to go with the dresses? I want one too! Mostly these days I just trip along the Mutton/Lamb Line, glad to have reached an age where I give less of a hoot about what others think of my clothes (versus my age).

  21. I love this dress! I even have a luscious black silk in my stash that would work alas the size even with grading I could never make it fit!! 🙂 Good luck and happy wearing to those who can!

    • I’m intending to have some patterns graded for sale in the future Doni. Could you perhaps send me a message via my contact form if you have a minute and tell me what size pattern you would need? I’m trying to get a sense of what size range to offer.