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Not So Little LBD

Added Feb 24, 2012

by CationDesigns

Los Angeles, Cal...






My husband noted that I have never made a black dress…most of my me-made dresses are bright colors or crazy prints. So I set out to make a black dress with my first Vogue pattern, 1042. Let’s just say that there’s a good reason why Vogue patterns have a reputation for being trickier. The bodice was an epic fail the first time I made it up, but a friend convinced me to go back and try again. I reworked a lot of the pieces and while it’s not perfect, it’s acceptable. I added a big poofy tulle skirt in an effort to distract from the bodice’s issues. It’s not quite a LBD anymore, but I’m glad I saved it from the UFO pile.

More pictures and details here.

Material Notes

Poly black plush fabric (not quite velvet or suede…not sure what it is; I bought it years ago) for the bodice, tulle and lining for the skirt.




Garment Type

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    Apr 8, 2012, 03.48 AMby anom

    Like a princess. I love it… :)

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    Mar 19, 2012, 08.41 AMby pauline alice

    Your dress is beautiful. And the combination tulle/velvety fabric is amazing. Very chic, indeed!

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    Feb 27, 2012, 02.44 AMby lizajane09

    Gorgeous! And yes I agree, so glamorous. Now your husband needs to take you out somewhere fancy!

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    Feb 26, 2012, 04.27 PMby Jodi Wade

    Beautiful! Love the tulle

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    Feb 26, 2012, 03.40 AMby chillwear

    Beautiful dress, love the bodice & tulle

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    Feb 25, 2012, 11.24 PMby mojo elgin

    I’m glad you went back to it. It looks great! Most people don’t see the “flaws” we see in our own creations.

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    Feb 25, 2012, 05.13 PMby Amelia Midgley

    Black is really forgiving and you cant tell from the photos that anythings wrong – It just looks really great on you! Love the shape of the neck line

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    Feb 25, 2012, 11.15 AMby HeidiN

    oh, this is beautiful!!!!

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    Feb 25, 2012, 10.59 AMby deids

    LOVE it! xx

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    Feb 25, 2012, 10.35 AMby mixtlii

    Oh, I love the skirt! Very pretty!

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    Feb 25, 2012, 10.04 AMby kalinalipinska

    The dress is really beautiful, the result is worth the double work!

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    Feb 25, 2012, 07.50 AMby janul

    looks great on you! the skirt is so pretty.

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    Feb 25, 2012, 06.13 AMby laikadoll

    I love it!

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    Feb 25, 2012, 01.55 AMby blueartisan

    Now this is my kind of LBD! I think you did an awesome job. I love Vogue patterns but I often ignore the instructions because some of them take very long and time consuming steps that I don’t think add to the end result. I know my first few were disasters though so good on your for keeping up with it. The end result is fabulous!

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    Feb 25, 2012, 12.23 AMby schnui

    I really like your LBD and I am glad you have persevered with the Vogue pattern. Every now and again I will buy a Vogue pattern and most times I ask myself why??? Fitting often cannot happen until you have almost completed the garment and if it isn’t right, it means lots of unpicking-so frustrating as we all don’t have a Vogue figure. But I think you have made a beautiful dress that you will be very pleased that you have in your wardrobe. Well done.

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    Feb 25, 2012, 12.02 AMby poppykettle

    Good work on the perseverance – it certainly paid off! You look gorgeous! And so glamourous :)

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    Feb 24, 2012, 11.38 PMby susanne2011

    love it!

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    Feb 24, 2012, 11.12 PMby Vanessa Velasquez

    lovely, thanks God that you didn’t give out because you now can be even prouder of the result!!!

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    Feb 24, 2012, 10.54 PMby mokosha

    this dress is such a beauty.. i’m bright colors kind of gal too, but it’s nice to make a little black dress every once in a while :)

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