Every girl needs a little black dress, right? Isn't that what every fashion magazine tells you?
Well, this is mine! Simple dress but very chic.
I have been looking for a black dress that I could wear on a daily basis, one that I could wear at work as well as at a party. I remember reading a post on Gertie's blog about the same topic. She was saying that the typical dress you visualize when you thing LBD is a sleek and usually thight dress. Well, that kind is dress is not very comfortable for me and I feel better in a full skirt. There was one dress I kept thinking about from the tv show Glee. Worn by the character of Rachel Berry (so irritating but with the best dresses ever):
My dress is not very close but that was one of my inspirations. I think every outfit of Rachel is an inspiration, this is crazy how cute and polish her dresses always look. Sorry, I digress. Back to the dress.
I found this fabric, which is a black cotton piqué with a flower pattern embroided and I knew it would make something nice. The pattern is very subtil, but it gives a little extra something to the dress. Fom up close, it almost looks like lace.
The pattern I used is Retro Butterick 6582, a reproduction from a 1960 pattern. I wanted to make version A at the beginning, with a pencil skirt. But I knew I would wear the ful skirt version a lot more often. So view C it was.
As I am getting used to these reproduction patterns, I cutted directly size 6 based on the finished garment measurements and I was happily surprised to discover that it fitted perfectly. It's a good thing as I was too lazy to make a muslin.
I really like the simple shape of the dress and the subtle gathering at the shoulders. The crossed neckline is very elegant, as the V-shaped back. I added some in seams pockets for more practicality and kept it unlined as indicated by the pattern. There is facing on the front and back necklines, and the seams are bound with self-made bias tape for a nice finish.
I know I am going to make good use of this dress. As the magazines say, it's a wardrobe staple (at least I think that's what they said in the last one I bought). I feel very stylish now with my LBD!