Famous Frocks (Hardcover)

The Little Black Dress: Patterns for 20 Garments Inspired by Fashion Icons

By Dolin Bliss O'Shea, Daniel Castro (Photographs by)

Chronicle Books, 9781452123653, 176pp.

Publication Date: August 12, 2014

List Price: 29.95*
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Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly. . . . Each of these women had an influential take on the most classic wardrobe staple of all: the Little Black Dress. In this chic sewing book, patternmaker Dolin Bliss O'Shea pulls inspiration from famous LBDs throughout history—including Mary Quant's mod mini, a classic wrap dress worn by Liza Minelli, Princess Diana's smart A-line, and more—and offers patterns for reinterpreted versions that are perfectly stylish. Including 10 full dress patterns with sewing variations to make 20 garments in all, a primer on sewing techniques, vintage photographs of style icons, and full-color shots of the finished pieces, this book has everything fashionistas need to bring timeless style right into their closets.

About the Author

Dolin Bliss O'Shea develops patterns for her company, Lulu Bliss Patterns. She lives in San Jose, California.