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June 8, 2010

WAY PAST TIME FOR A "LBD"...

...yes, it is way past time for me to make my first ever LBD. In addition, I've never made a sheath - as far as I can remember. The dress code for my graduation a week from Friday is black pants or dress. I'm going with a dress mainly because I need to change things up a bit. And since I've been mooning over sheaths since last summer, I might as well kill two birds with one stone. I picked up just the right fabric last weekend, and I'm in the midst of choosing a pattern from the 10 or 12 that I have on hand. I can't line these pictures up, but these are my top choices.





















I want it sleeveless, and it will be lined. The number of pattern pieces will influence my choice. What do you all think? Or do you know of a better pattern????

28 comments:

  1. I am partial to the New Look pattern, but that may be because I just bought it for myself.

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  2. I like the "Project Runway" pattern.

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  3. Oooooh, I do love the pink one. I love all those ruffles! But for a LBD, you really need a basic silhouette so you can dress it up or down. I still vote for that one, because the other views would allow for that. Can't wait to see the finished product --

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  4. I love the sleeveless one on the far left and the green one up and right.

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  5. I like the green one up the top right...but that may just be the colour as I can't really see the details.

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  6. I like the New Look one too, but then again I also have that one (unmade as of yet).

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  7. I love the top green one , ad even though it is not really a sheath I love the one with the puffy sleeves and slim silhouette......good luck!

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  8. I'm leaning toward the New Look. It looks like it has some nice details and enough variation to pick and choose just what you want to include.

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  9. I have that McCalls pattern in the middle (5753), although I haven't used it yet. ugh just looked at my envelope and it'll be too small for me now. I've just made a dress using the other Project Runway dress, S2583, it has some nice neckline options. Although it might be more shift than sheath??

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  10. Congratulations! I made S2588 for my DD a few months ago. However, I like all patterns shown here. Good luck in making your final decision.

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  11. I like the one on the left -- Vogue? The one with a dark blue sleeved version. Though all these patterns look good, and with your skills, I think you'd be happy with any of them.

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  12. I really like the one with the ruffles at the top or the New Look. Is that a copy of Michelle Obama's inauguration dress on the top right? Actually, I think any of these would be great.

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  13. Those are some great choices! I really like the clean lines on the New Look one. I think I need to go get that one! :)

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  14. I love the green one, and I like the clean lines of the New Look pattern

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  15. I think any one of these patterns will make a cute LBD! Can't wait to see what you pick:)

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  16. I like the green sheath dress, although I have the other patterns too.

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  17. I love the Sleeveless New Look pattern and think it would be very nice on you!

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  18. A sheath is a sheath is a sheath. As long as it fits, the darts are good and you like it, they all pretty much resemble the others. I'd get the cheapest one or the one with the easiest instructions if you need them, since you will likely have to do some tweaking to it anyway.

    My sheath pattern has to have sleeves. I wound up finding one with raglan sleeves and drafting the sleeves I wanted to it and went for ease of construction and my own fit issues.

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  19. I haven't made one yet, so I can't help with selection. But I definitely need to make one too. It's been on my list since I started sewing a year and a half ago.

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  20. I can't give any guidance because I haven't sewn any of those, but I am sure you will end up with a classic!

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  21. I have always loved the dress with the fluttered neckline!

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  22. I quite like the details of the New Look pattern, but whichever one you choose, you can't go wrong with an LBD!

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  23. I could have sworn you redecorated in a pink stripe them but I must have imagined it.

    I also can't give any guidance but that is because I have no lbd or events to inspire the making of one. I am sure whichever you choose will be great.

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  24. I really like the deep V neckline on the red dress in the fourth group from top, but you have to decide which one "speaks" to you the most!!
    btw, your Butterick jacket is magnificent! Bravo! No wonder you are so proud of showing the inside! And those extra special finishing details will give you a joyful lift every time you wear it, even though they are not visible to the general public.
    Well done!

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  25. oh my, don't you hate it when you have to choose a pattern and just can't make up your mind??!! yikes. I'm sure you'll pick the best one for your body type and the fabric type. I personally like the New Look...

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  26. All lovely designs, Faye. Hmmmm. There's nothing like a nice sheath a la Jackie O/ Michelle O. I saw our first lady on the news visiting marine families in Southern California wearing a printed sheath dress. She looked darling. It's an unforgettable style.

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  27. i am so in love with that pink dress with neckline ruffle.

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  28. 42 years old and I've NEVER had a LBD. Even worse, I've been sewing clothes for years. How sad is that?

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