Rising to the Challenge of the Little Black Dress

30 Jun

I’ve been thinking, since my retail exception for the black dresses, of what it might take, in a sewing project, to make it appealing to undertake a black dress project. Would it be fabric–something with drape, or an appealing texture? A particularly unique design? Some fun technique that I wanted to try so much, it wouldn’t even matter if the fabric was black?

I couldn’t come up with an answer to that question…until a couple of nights ago, out for cocktails, a woman at the venue wore a dress I couldn’t keep my eyes off of. Hers was green, but it had a decorative detail that was so fun and simple and intriguing to me, I thought “I’d like to try to make that, myself…and that’s a dress that I could even make, in black.”

What’s more, the dress requires a knit, with a bit of stretch, and I happen to have a bolt of a smooth black knit in my stash that I think I could use just for this purpose. I’m going to try it: without buying any new fabrics or patterns, I’d like to imitate the effect of the woman’s green dress, for myself: in black.

(Not even close to the black dress I’m attempting…but a pretty neat one just the same. Those women on the far right, they wish they had a black dress!)

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3 Responses to “Rising to the Challenge of the Little Black Dress”

  1. punkmik June 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    sounds intriguing! Cant wait to see more of this project!

  2. ooobop! June 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    Oh that is such a cool dress. I bet she takes a long time to get anywhere though! She must have to take tiny pigeon steps. Good luck with your dress. Black jersey sounds just the ticket!

  3. theperfectnose July 1, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    Interesting. Do you have a sketch/ mock-up of the one you’re going to attempt?

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