Coincidently, this wardrobe basic popped up in my email inbox with recent ads from two of my favorite catalog companies. Both landsend.com and travelsmith.com sent ads with lots of ideas for style variations of the quintessential black dress. LandsEnd showed a ponte knit sleeveless version dressed up for evening and dressed down for daytime. I was impressed and intrigued by the possibilities! TravelSmith, known for easy care fabric options has their own rendition of this ever popular dress with many options to choose from. Visit travelsmith.com for more details.
Vogue 1382, Vogue 1336 (a Today's Fit pattern by Sandra Betzina which means the styling is superb and the fit is fantastic), and a couple patterns already in my stash, Simplicity 2146 and Burda 3135 (discontinued) but similar to Burda 7137.
It’s all about the details that go into making a great dress no matter the color or the shape. Learn how to sew darts, eliminate facings, add a couture lining, and much, much more! Watching this series is like taking a course in quality sewing 101. Tips, tricks, and ideas galore are presented throughout the series. You will find everything from basic construction methods to instructions for embellishing with embroidery and decorative stitches. Learn how to use a variety of presser feet for easier and more accurate sewing.
In episode 602-3 I had the opportunity to show one of my all time favorite embroidery techniques; demonstrating bobbin work on a plain pashmina scarf. Bobbin work embroidery is as easy as one, two, three with built-in bobbin work designs on the Brother™ Quattro® Trilogy machine! To watch this entire segment online click the link below:
Online Sewing and Embroidery Lessons
Now, what about making your own Little Black Dress? As a sewing enthusiast you have the wherewithal to make it yourself and make it better! Why not make plans to head to the fabric store and hunt for your own figure flattering pattern style and appropriate fabric? I’m begining this process myself and I’ll be sure to report my progress in a future post. Stay tuned! In the meantime feel free to leave a comment about your own journey into making the little long, short, or in between, black, blue, pink, or any other color dress!
Be sure to mark your calendar each week on Friday at Noon for a new It’s Sew Easy TV episode. You can CLICK HERE for this week’s episode, airing on itseweasytv.com.