17.4.10

DKNY LBD

I love this photo.  It was taken to show you the dress that I have only just this minute finished.  You can also see the home dec projects that have been keeping me from sewing dresses.  And there on the right, you can see a child in tears, after fighting with his brother for the camera, which is typical of my photoshoots.  Atypically, I am smiling, and not yelling at the photography team.


This dress is Vogue 1179.  I don't wear much black.  I didn't even wear black when I lived in Melbourne.  Excluding underwear, the only black clothes that I own are the LBD that I made last year, the denim leggings I made last year and one blouse that does not get much wear.  This dress pattern called for matte jersey or silk jersey.  Then I saw that EmmaOneSock had a black silk matte jersey, which is a fabric that I am not familiar with, so I ordered some out of curiosity.  The other colour was oyster, which I think suits me even less than black.

This should have been a quick and simple project, but the armholes caused me much grief, which I will detail in my pattern review.  I think I prefer my zebra print dress, which is made from a very similar pattern, with no armholes to contend with.  This pattern is part of the Vogue spring/summer line-up, but I am finding the collar all a bit hot in my autumn climate.  Might have to be a winter dress for me.  On the up-side, the narrow, deep neckline, cowl collar and CF pleats all create a strong vertical, which is very slimming.  I had to remember not to take the dress off in front of the mirror when I was checking the fit, as the reality was spoiling that slimming illusion.

Well, this is not my usual attire, but I am hoping to get lots of wear from it, as it is very easy care.  It would be a perfect travel dress, if I ever had need of a travel wardrobe.

17 comments:

  1. verrrrrrrrry nice.

    Great photo! In my home town, black is de rigeur - half the town wears it most of the year. It wouldn't be sleeveless at this time of you though, oh no siree.

    It made me laugh that you bought a fabric just out of curiousity. That's the sewin' spirit.

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  2. Great dress, I think you look gorgeous in it!

    Now I have to find you on Pattern Review. I have to admit I didn't know about PR until recently, it was an eye-opener. Now I knew what everyone referred too ;-)

    Anyway, I am curious to hear about your armhole problems.

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  3. Great dress. Looks very wearable. You could brighten it up with a groovy handbag to match those seriously stylish shoes!

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  4. Fabulous dress! I have a similar dress (purchased) and I just love it - comfortable to wear but flattering on.

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  5. How did you live in Melbourne and not wear black!? Black is inescapable in Sydney. I love the dress and will take a look at the pattern.

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  6. It is lovely on you, but there is no way you could look fat anyway.

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  7. This dress looks wonderful on you.

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  8. Love it! I skipped over this design but it is super cute!

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  9. Wow, with this and your last outfit is sure looks to me like you're accumulating a fabulous resort vacation wardrobe. Mabye you should start to make that vacation a reality because you sure have the clothes for it. I see Greece!

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  10. There is nothing better than a black dress. It's an all-occasion garment. Nice sewing!

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  11. This is an awesome dress. I have to add this one to my sewing list! Looks beautiful on you too!

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  12. beautiful! the dess and the picture, nice cushions on your home porch sofa:)

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  13. Looks sensational. i love the neckline on that dress.

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  14. Very, very cute. I don't wear much black either, anymore--I used to, but have not been into it at all recently, but that is SUCH a cute style and it will be very practical!
    I also love the pillows on the couch in the background...

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  15. Your black dress is fabulous. I never paid attention to that pattern,but seeing it on you makes me want to try it for myself.

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