Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Little Black Work Dress

Its kinda windy out today.

Hey look, its another Vogue 8701! This one I made out of black rayon/wool gabardine from FabricMart. I made one modification from my previous plaid version, which was to take an extra dart at the neckline. I think I could honestly take this in a bit in the sides as gabardine has more give to it than silk dupioni. It has a wonderful drape and depth of color, though, which I love. And its perfect for a chilly office setting without being too hot when you have to drive home, except maybe during July and August.

I think I was giving the stray cat the stink eye, not sure.
 I just recently got this super cute bow hairband that I love to pieces. And this is a self made belt and vintage brooch.



This is me swishing from side to side. Like I said, its a great swishy fabric.


Here you kinda get a peek of the zipper. Its a vintage metal zipper I stole from my MIL stash and put in with a hand pick stitch.  And because of the way my waist is, the belt rides up above the dress waistline a bit.

Incidentally, it looks just fine un belted.

Side view. Side note: The shoes are Jeffrey Campbell. Two years and they are still my favorites.


So some stats:

Fabric: rayon/wool gabardine $5yd (bought during a super sale), 3 yards.  Bemberg rayon lining, I fussed with it and got it out of 2.5 yards (60" wide), $16 a yard. So $47 dollars.
Notions: Zipper and lace hem tape, both inherited from other people's stashes. 0 dollars
Time: If I hadn't put the sleeves in backwards, cut to finish would have been 8 hours (hand picked zipper, hand sewn invisible hem). But that added on an extra 2 hours. I started this last month and fussed with it off an on. 10 hours over about four weeks.

21 comments:

  1. This dress is absolutely beautiful. I like it even better than the plaid, which is quite a feat.

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    1. Truth be told, I like this one better than the plaid because its way more versatile.

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  2. Lovely!! I love the way you accessorized it. I always seem to pull out the red to wear with my LBD too. :)

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    1. Black and red is on my top three list of "colors I wear together".

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  3. Pretty!!! I really love the belt and SHOES that really brighten it up.

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  4. Beautiful. Great mix of feminine and fun while still being completely office appropriate.

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    1. I got a ton of unsolicited compliments at work that day, which made me happy.

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  5. Oooh, so classic! Love the accessories! That neckline is great on you too - and the v in the back is so much fun!

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  6. this is gorgeous - perfect. i love it with the red belt (that belt is just fab - is it a vintage clasp?)

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    1. Yes, the belt clasp is vintage. and thanks!

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  7. I was going to comment on the shoes. :-) It's a pretty LBD, and all the accessories make it just perfect. Swishy fabric is fun!

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    1. best part about this dress is I can switch out accessories for completely different looks :)

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  8. Perfect shape- the plaid has a major rival now!

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  9. This makes me so happy to see. Her momma would be so proud, as it is to me.

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  10. i tried to comment yesterday on my tiny phone and couldn't remember my fukakte password!!

    you will be surprised (you know, cause of the black) but i think this is my favorite lady katza make to date. the neckline, the fit, the drape, the accessories, EVEN THE BLACK, i love it! stunning, lady!!

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    1. Wow, that's some seriously high praise coming from you? You like my black dress?? AWESOME.

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  11. It looks fantastic!! Love the accessories too - is there any better color to pair with black than red!?

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