Added Jul 7, 2010
San Diego, Calif...
My first LBD, somewhat vintage inspired. I used my custom slopers to make a simple single-darted empire bodice and skirt. Nothing fancy. Now that I know how to design garments from scratch, I have found it is VERY easy to over-design. You always want to embellish more, add this and that… it is hard to stop yourself sometimes!! :) But I think Leonardo da Vinci said it best with “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Also I wanted to show that you can be “sexy” without wearing something as short and tight as you can, or needing to reveal as much skin as possible. I’ve always thought confidence is the sexiest thing about a person. If you are confident, you can wear just about anything and still draw attention :)
I made this for a work party that included a few important federal officials, so I wanted to keep it simple yet classy. I added a little black bow at the empire waist… it is my take on the phrase “black-tie” affair.
gabardine, lined with a soft slinky rayon, silk for the bow
What do you think of these summery styles?
Sewing & Techniques
Check out this step-by-step on sewing our wrapped and pleated mini skirt
Check out the debut of this lovely designer style pattern with angular pleats
Behind the seams with Marina von Koenig Part 1
Dreamy dresses, floral prints, and cute spring tops.
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