The Little Bias Dress pattern has landed

Little Bias Dress pattern cover image
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.

photo of black Little Bias Dress by VeraVenus
Little Bias Dress by VeraVenus

LBD 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.


67 thoughts on “The Little Bias Dress pattern has landed

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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!

    1. 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!

  3. Kinkos offers large format printing in Canada. I’m pretty sure Staples also offers this service.

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

  5. 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.


  6. 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.

    1. 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.

  7. 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..

  8. 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!

    1. 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 🙁

  9. 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.

    1. 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).

  10. I love this, it exudes elegance and charm! Thanks for post and the link to the pattern I am excited about this dress. 🙂

  11. 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!

    1. 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.

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