Every girl needs a “little black dress” in her closet. It’s that basic wardrobe piece that you can reach for again and again. If it’s a simple design, all the better because you and how you wear it will be what stands out, rather than a “trendy” design. Packing for a trip? Throw it in your suitcase and you can wear it for all sorts of things without taking up all kinds of space. Not that I would know anything about over-packing! 😉 Ahem! Anyway, let me tell you what I used to make my LBD and we’ll get on with the fashion show!
A LBD should be something you can wear year round, so a comfortable fabric that won’t overheat you is a must. I chose rayon/spandex because it is soft and light-weight. High quality rayon/spandex is key though, because the cheap “big box” fabric store stuff will wrinkle and pill and cling to you in all the wrong places. The rayon/spandex from Phee Fabrics is 13oz., much more substantial than standard and with great drape. I used the Women’s Mya pattern from Made For Mermaids. It is a great pattern with the perfect amount of shaping and flowiness. It’s slightly fitted at the bust, but not too form-fitting on the rest of your body. If you choose a pattern and fabric that flatters your shape, you end up with a little black dress you will wear for years!
Headed to the beach? Picnic in the park? Or just running up to the grocery store? You’ve got the perfect summer dress!
Headed off to work? Meetings and business travel? Throw on a jacket and low heels and you’re ready to go.
Is there a chill in the air? Did you say snow? Boots and a cozy sweater are the way to go! This sweater is a ready-to-wear, but there are so many cute cardigan patterns out there, not to mention Polartec, that sewing a cardigan or two is definitely on my to-do list.
Cocktail party? A hot date with your love? Killer heels and pearls, and your little black dress has you covered. I have to say that this was my husband’s favorite look. When your husband good-naturedly agrees to be your photographer for a blog, you’ve got to like it when he gives you a whistle when you ask him to take your photo! This look had me feeling fierce!
Ready for the weekend? Tie off your LBD at tunic length, add some leggings, slide on some flats, and layer on a shirt. Casual and comfortable at it’s best!
It was fun to play “dress-up” and ham it up with all the different looks. Suffice it to say that I will wear this dress a LOT. What’s your favorite way to style a little black dress?