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Friday, September 16, 2011

The Little Black Dress - A sewing class at Nicolet

We have an upcoming sewing class which begins on Oct 1st and runs every Saturday through Oct 22.  It features a little black dress of your choice.  So although this class has a theme I encourage everyone to find a style and fabric that excites them.  I will be there to help with achieving the perfect fit, and demystifying working with linings, zippers, interlinings, and pattern alterations. 
 So what is your perfect dress and where does it need to take you?

This is the Iconic Black Dress from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" worn by Audrey Hepburn

 designed by Givenchy.

Imagine this dress in a cocktail length with that beautiful back detail.  In a nice wool it could be worn to work with a sweater or blazer and then out to dinner with diamonds and heels.

The little black dress or lbd as it is commonly referred to is considered a wardrobe essential.   Generally it has simple classic lines which can be easily accessorized.
 To be truly useful  it must be able to go from day to evening. 

Dramatic necklines are always good!

It need not be black at all, some prefer a deep brown, or a navy blue.   You can choose a dark neutral that works well with your coloring and existing wardrobe.

Vogue is offering some intriguing possibilities...

Vogue 8685 - Lots of different possibilities here.
This is an " Easy Options" dress and requires a moderate stretch knit.

Vogue 1192 - This is an Anne  Klein Design.
The ruching is always good in hiding a tummy.
 It's lined and  requires a woven fabric.  The suggested  fabrics are a silk crepe or heavy Georgette.  I would also add a wool crepe, or lightweight suiting.

 Vogue 8687 - This vintage vogue pattern comes with a beautiful coat and the suggested fabrics are: Crepe, Shantung, Linen or Faille.

I found these options on McCall's
McCall's 5927 - The pockets are a nice option.
This dress is lined and the pattern includes different bust cup sizes:) 
The suggested fabrics are: Linen, Lace, wool suiting and crepe.

McCall's 6032 - For those who like comfort and easy care.
This pattern requires a stretch knit, is labeled " easy" and is sized up to W24.

McCall's 6074 - Super quick and comfy. 
 This dress would make up nicely in a slinky or jersey and does require a moderate stretch knit. 
I made this dress this summer in a navy slinky, in the Maxi length and its a great basic!

This is what I found just at Vogue and McCall's but be sure to check out:
let's not forget vintage

Are you planning on joining the fun? 
Let me know what pattern you have chosen, and  if you would like help finding the right fabric.
  I am looking forward to sewing with you in Oct.

1 comment:

  1. ooh! I wish you were here in Cali! I would love this class!! Sounds like great fun!

    (for some reason my google account doesn't like posting -anyone else having the same problem?)


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