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The Little Black Dress Project

Join us for a very special fundraising initiative in support of local charities!

Sewing Little Black Dress Linen

A unique purchase from one of our regular fabric suppliers, these little black dresses are 100% linen and we have limited stock available. 

The dresses come in US sizes 0 – 16 and are just $25.00 each. They’re a lovely sleeveless style, featuring a high neckline, bias-cut through the body with a left side seam invisible zip closure and crossed back straps. These dresses are available for purchase in-stores only.
They are also Dry Clean Only garments – hand or machine washing may cause some colour leeching and/or softening of the linen.
Each of our stores has picked a charity of their choice and we’re donating $7.00 from each dress purchased, directly to your local stores chosen charity. 
Read more about the charities our stores have chosen to work with below.

New Zealand Charities

  • The Fabric Store Auckland - Sustainable Coastlines
  • The Fabric Store Wellington - Youthline
  • The Fabric Store Christchurch - Dress For Success
  • The Fabric Store Dunedin - Women's Refuge

Sustainable Coastlines are a New Zealand charity whose mission is to enable communities to look after the coastlines and waterways they love!
They're connecting a network of passionate volunteers and collaborators and coordinating ongoing educational programs, clean-up events and public awareness campaigns. 
We feel this is a particularly pertinent issue for Auckland, given the coastal nature of the region and the large amount of people visiting our beautiful beaches. 
Find out more about the work Sustainable Coastlines are doing here.

Youthline is an organisation of enthusiastic volunteers who work to provide a safe, youth-centered service that supports and empowers young people. 
The cornerstone of Youthline's organisation is a phone helpline and they also provide youth development program throughout schools and communities in the Wellington area.
Find out more about Youthline and they work they do in Wellington here.

Dress for Success assists women in need as they journey towards  gaining employment and financial independence. They do this by providing appropriate clothing and support that will boost confidence and self esteem and help women to thrive in work and life. We love their ethos of women supporting women in preparing for and finding employment, as well as the ongoing support they offer.
Learn more about Dress For Success Christchurch here.

Women's Refuge is a nationwide organisation for women and their children, to help prevent and stop family violence in New Zealand.
Te Whare Pounamu Dunedin Women's Refuge provide specific support and essential services for those living in the Dunedin area. 
We love the respectful, sensitive and non-judgemental approach of this organisation.
Learn more about Women's Refuge here, as well as information about their platform Shielded here.

Australian Charities

  • The Fabric Store Melbourne - The Social Studio
  • The Fabric Store Sydney - Mudgin-Gal
  • The Fabric Store Brisbane - Orange Sky

The Social Studio was created as a safe place of belonging, striving to create awareness and change public perceptions for people who have experienced being a refugee. The studio facilitates a range of projects that provide social support including legal advice, counselling, tutoring and training in clothing production, retail and fashion. We love their values that encourage and champion diversity, ethical business practices and sustainable design. 
Learn more about The Social Studio in Melbourne here.

Mudgin-Gal, meaning 'women's place', is an Aboriginal organisation based in Redfern, Sydney.  It is a service run by Aboriginal women for Aboriginal women and offers a safe haven and active support for women, girls and their families. We love that the focus of this organisation is on esteem-building projects and healing, and is built around a peer-to-peer support model. 
Learn more about the important work that Mudgin-Gal are doing in Sydney here

Orange Sky is a Brisbane-based charity providing regular laundry and shower services for the homeless. Run by a team of volunteers, the organisation builds and manages a fleet of Laundry Vans, offering free facilities to those affected by homelessness throughout Australia. We love this charity for it's simple yet essential service. 
Learn more about Orange Sky here.

Terms & Conditions of Purchase

As these are a promotional item that we are using as a fundraising tool, no refunds will be given for change of mind. 
Please see the samples that we have in your local store or check your measurements against the size chart provided below. 
Exchanges for alternative sizing can be made within 7 days of purchase from the store that you have purchased from*. The garment must be in original, unaltered condition with as-new packaging and the purchase receipt must be provided. Return shipping (if required) for exchanges is the responsibility of the customer and will need to be received by the store that you purchased from within the 7-day period.

*Please note that as sizes and stock are limited, exchanges can only be made while stock lasts. These dresses are offered in Black Linen only

US Size Conversion Chart & Measurements

Please note that these dresses are an A-line shape and are cut on the bias with a high-cut neckline and arm holes.
This means that the measurements provided below are approximate only and should be used as a guide.
 Some of our HQ staff pictured above have chosen one size up, to allow a little extra room around the bust and armhole area.

US SIZE 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
NZ / AUS SIZE
4
4 - 6
6
8
10
12
14
16
16-18
BUST (cm)
70 - 75cm
75 - 80cm
80 - 85cm
85 - 90cm
90 - 95cm
95 - 100cm
100 - 105cm
105 - 110cm
110 - 105cm
WAIST (cm)
50 - 55cm
55 - 60cm
60 - 65cm
65 - 70cm
70 - 75cm
75 - 80cm
80 - 98cm
90 - 95cm
95 - 100cm
LOW HIP (cm)
77 - 82cm
82 - 87cm
87 - 92cm
92 - 97cm
97 - 102cm
102 - 107cm
107 - 112cm
115 - 120cm
120 - 125cm
Dress Length
112cm
114cm
114cm
120cm
120cm
123cm
123cm
125cm
125cm