Nothing is more versatile and classic than a little black dress. Even though I have my fair share of them gracing my wardrobe, who couldn't use another?
I have made this pattern in a red and white stripe and you can really see how the same pattern (Newlook 6095) in a different fabric can result in an entirely different dress... you can see the full post here.
I bought this ruffled fabric as a remnant...There was just enough for a basic dress and I knew that a textured fabric like this one needed simple design lines. I made the lining in a ponte knit according to the pattern with bust darts and back darts but omitted the back seam. Before sewing the lining front to the back, I used them to make the pattern pieces for the ruffled knit so that I could completely omit all darts in the ruffled texture. To my pleasant surprise, it worked! The ruffled knit has enough stretch to compensate for the lack of darts.
One of my favorite features of this pattern is the neckline. It is the perfect mix of scoop and boat neck. The dress is a bit big on me but I like the gathered look the chiffon belt gives it.
So...how do you feel about the classic LBD? Is it a staple for you or is it too boring? What are you drawn to when you shop fabrics....basic black or bold print?