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Classic Little Black Dress

Added Jul 7, 2010

by solsticefire

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.

Material Notes

gabardine, lined with a soft slinky rayon, silk for the bow




Garment Type
Business, Classic, Evening Wear, Vintage
Cotton, Blends, Rayon, Silk

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    Jul 11, 2010, 09.36 AMby mandibula

    wow, awesome. i love it :)

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    Jul 7, 2010, 06.59 PMby annawilliamson

    this is perfect! i’m still in the design process for my lbd; i can only hope it turns out as well as yours!

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    Jul 7, 2010, 02.28 PMby luxihere

    Classic Chic!

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    Jul 7, 2010, 01.53 PMby nettie

    It’s beautiful! I love your philosophy about over designing and sexiness. Sometimes less is more, in both instances.

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    Jul 7, 2010, 08.50 AMby Laura Chirita


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    Jul 7, 2010, 06.17 AMby candicestoenail

    i love it ! it fits you like a glove :)

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    Jul 7, 2010, 05.50 AMby candicej

    The fit is just perfect, it looks great on you!

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    Jul 7, 2010, 05.02 AMby stargirl-1

    wow! ive been looking for a dress like this! could you please tell me how did you make it? Because I really want to put bows in the back and what not.

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    Jul 7, 2010, 04.14 AMby marloncosta

    Perfect fit!

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