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!)

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

  1. punkmik at 1:33 pm #

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

  2. ooobop! 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 at 8:50 am #

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

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