Tuesday, January 27, 2015

LBD...I'll Have Mine Ruffled


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?


16 comments:

  1. That is so pretty! I love the ruffles & the way it gathers at the waist with the belt too. I have waaaay too much black in my closet. I love, love, love color but for some reason I gravitate to black. Now that I'm sewing again though, I tend to be drawn to all the colorful fabric. I'm still trying to figure out how to use it all though.

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  2. very pretty and a nice twist on the LBD.

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  3. Yet another fabulous design. Love it!

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  4. Yet another fabulous design. Love it!

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  5. How adorable! This is so perfect for you.

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  6. The ruffle fabric is gorgeous and you have chosen a simple style that perfectly shows it off.

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  7. This fabric/pattern combo is great! I love a good LBD, they are no fuss and perfect for work.

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  8. The ruffles just take it up a notch don't they. I think it looks great!

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  9. This dress looks so different from the striped one:). It's absolutely lovely on you - and I agree, a simple line was best for that fabric - the tie belt suits it beautifully.

    I agree, clothes in basic black, whether dresses, skirts, trousers or jackets - you can never have enough of !

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  10. Love this dress - it looks great on you! I love it when a simple design can look so good because of the fabric choice. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. I find the simple silhouette to be perfect with the “busy” fabric. I love it ad from what I’ve seen browsing your blog it embodies perfectly your style!

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  12. This is a fun twist on the LBD, the ruffles are great for not making it "boring".

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  13. What a great way to showcase a textured fabric! I love seeing how fabric choice can completely alter the look of a pattern :) The neckline, especially, is gorgeous.

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  14. I do find it hard to get around to sewing black these days, but I love a simple, stylish LBD - and this lovely dress is definitely in that category!

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