Saturday, November 20, 2010

Little Black Dress- Guy Laroche V2899

I've been completely absorbed in my new job.  So much so that I cannot sleep at night and I'm exhausted when I get home.   But, I've just completed week three and am calming down and settling in.  I made it to the gym a few times and even the company gym (BONUS!!!).  Getting into a routine is so helpful.

After my last day of my old job I went nuts at the fabric store locally and bought fabric for dresses that I can wear to work.  I wanted to step it up for my new job. With 5 people reporting to me the ripped jeans and sloppy sweaters with UGGs just doesn't instill confidence in leadership.

But before I made work dresses I needed to bang out a dress for my brother-in-law's wedding.  I purchased this pattern at the last pattern sale and then wasn't sure it wouldn't be too over the top for a wedding.  Then Erica B's pattern review popped up and it was settled.  I can do this- no prob!

I purchased black matte jersey from the Mill End Store.  I looked through the matte jersey and the only non weird color is black.  I remembered a time in 90's when matte jersey was very prevalent but had forgotten the huge benefit- you can ball it up and throw it in the corner, then pick it up, put it on and it's like you just bought it- Perfect.

This pattern is beautifully drafted and not very challenging to sew.  Erica's pattern review is perfectly correct (and thorough)- it's easy but not fast.  There are many parts that need to be hand basted or finished and there's a bunch of gathering and it all takes a lot of time. But really for such a stunning dress it went together well.  My pattern review is here.

There is one thing about matte jersey and that is that the front and back look the same.  So, if you get the pieces turned around you might get in trouble.  I did this one time while sewing the little side gathered panels.  I attached the gathered part to the wrong side of one of the panels and so I ended up with two left sides.  So I had to take out the basting but it wasn't a tragic error or difficult to redo.  There are a lot of pieces and the whole thing is self lined and the cool thing about the matte jersey double layer stretchiness is that it acts like a total body girdle. yay- who doesn't love that?

I love the lines of the dress and the longer length.  There is something kind of demure but sexy about a slim skirt that goes over the knees.  Kinda keeping the imagination alive I guess.
Here's me in the dress at the reception with my two handsome escorts: Henry 4, Gray 6.
I did feel a bit like I needed to pull the whole thing down all night.  You can see it's riding up under my arms.  I think it's a tad snug and so slipped up.  My undergarments for a backless bra situation need to be revised as they contributed to the situation.  I have a too big merry-widow thing that is long and has a foamy layer that didn't do me favors in the stomach.  Made it look like I might be concealing a baby bulge.  I'd happily flaunt a baby bulge but, alas, do not have one.  Note to self- buy new undergarment situation.


  1. Hi Shannon,
    I think you did a great job on this dress. I work for Vogue Patterns and would like to talk to you. Can you email me?
    Kathy Marrone

  2. Hi Shannon,
    I posted a couple of days ago asking for you to email me, but now realize I didn't give you my email address.

  3. Holy Cow! I am so sorry I didn't see this. Between my new job and birthday I haven't been behind the scenes lately. I'll e-mail you right away

  4. I am sooo impressed! I came upon your blog and only hope I can someday make garments as you have. Beautiful!

  5. Thank You! You can, I promise. I'd say that going slowly, taking your time and practice, practice, practice are my best advice. You'll get there.

  6. Hi Shannon,

    You did a terrific job with this pattern!

    I am getting married in September of 2012 and my mother is making my wedding dress! Yes, she really IS that good!!!

    I am also looking into "honeymoon" clothing and this pattern caught my eye. I have a degree in fashion design myself and after reading your thoughts and description of the pattern and fabirc, I have decided to add this piece to my "honeymoon collection:)" lol