The Little Black Dress

DIY Wardrobe Essentials-
Make a Little Black Dress in a Weekend

Gabriel "Coco" Chanel put the little black dress on the map so to speak. The LBD has gone through an evolution over the decades of fashion. However, it remains one of the most identified wardrobe essentials to date. The image above is Gabriel Chanel in a stunning fitted dress. This dress is timeless. She is truly a style genius to me. You may not find a dress pattern exactly like this style, but you can still find current sewing patterns that offer the same silhouette.

Coco Chanel

"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud."

-Coco Chanel 

When choosing a style, think of your body type. The dress you see above is a classic, so choose a style you can wear for many years to come. 

Remember it is a staple in your wardrobe. If you don't have the time or money to shop for a new dress, your LBD will be the "go to" dress in your closet. 

If you choose a style that suits your figure you will not be frustrated when you need to wear it and you should never be bored of it.

LBD-Vintage Patterns

Many of the pattern companies offer vintage patterns. You can find all kinds of vintage styles to create your LBD. Below are some examples of vintage patterns Vogue patterns. 

More LBD Sewing Patterns

There are a number of commercial pattern companies to take a look at. Below are some samples of the patterns that are available. You can also go to the company websites listed below. 

Types of Fabrics

The type of fabric you choose to make a little black dress can range from silk satin, lace, chiffon, or any fabric that you can feel dressy enough to go from day into evening. Below are some fabric options to look at. 

List of Pattern Companies

The examples of patterns I have given you are only just a few of what is available. Please click the links below to explore a larger selection. Keep in mind, if you see a dress you like, just because it is not viewed in black does not mean your fabric choice isn't in a black. 

Little Black Dress

This is my LBD, I made about 20 or more years ago. It was a very simple pattern. I used silk fabric and the total cost of this dress was around $25.00 dollars. I have worn this dress many times over the years and I still wear it.

A wardrobe essential indeed. I have decided to sew a new dress. I think after this many years of the same dress, I am due for a new one. My inspiration for a new Little Black Dress is below, the pattern that I will use to create a new dress.

Little Black Dress Alternatives

If you're like me, I don't always want to wear a dress, but I want to look dressed up and classy. Here is an alternative to the classic LBD. The inspiration pant suit on the left was for this Mccalls sewing pattern. I like the idea that a pant suit can be a go to alternative for many party occasions. Options are always nice. 

I hope this inspires you to sew a little black dress, or pant suit, of your own. 

Happy Sewing :)

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