Thursday, October 1, 2009

LBD contest

Pattern Review hosts monthly sewing contests for members and since I joined this summer, I've been hoping for a contest that would inspire me to enter. October is that month! They are having a Little Black Dress (LBD) contest that starts today and runs through the end of the month. The rules are simple: It should be what you feel is a LBD and it must be styled for day and for night.

For me, the LBD will always be epitomized by that gorgeous sheath dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's - sleek, simple, and somthing that will never go out of style. I've wanted to own a similar, short version of the dress for forever, but my small bust and large booty has made finding one that actually fits near impossible. I think this might be my chance to finally get it. :)

My idea is to make a suiting style sheath out of lightweight black stretch wool that can easily move from the office to an after-work cocktail party with a few makeup and accessory changes. The problem is to narrow down the pattern choices. Here are the front-runners:


McCall's 5799

McCall's 5845

Simplicity 2648

New Look 6643

I'm really torn over which one to tackle. So, what do you think readers? Which one should I choose?

18 comments:

Ann Marie said...

I like the first one and the v-neck options from the last one.

Nanette said...

I like the third one. :)

Leslie said...

I like the last one!

Cat said...

I like number 4! I also like number 2 but I feel 4 is an easier wear - though that might just apply to me since I have a belly. GL!

ssinca said...

I love the last one!

That Girl said...

I'm so with you on what a LBD should be - which is probably why I have 3 or 4 of the same style hanging in my closet! I vote for 5799.

Aline said...

I like number 3!!

:)

Violet said...

I LOVE the first one! Then 4, 3, 2 in that order :)

So Not Wishy Washy said...

Last one but not with the V neck. When I imagine a LBD, I don't see it with a V neck.

I need a LBD. Badly. I want and need one with an empire waist because of my boobs AND butt. Gah.

alyssa said...

I like the 3rd one, I think that's Simplicity. Very cute!!

Lindsay T said...

I have made the first one for my daughter and helped another young woman make that same pattern for herself. It looks wonderful on both and is a well-drafted pattern. I'm sure I'll be sewing it again. If you were to make it for yourself you'd be happy with the results.

But if your goal is to win this contest you will need to go after votes by either sewing a dress with more bells and whistles, or take a stunning photo. That's what gets the votes—good photos or bells and whistles. Remember black is a very difficult color to photograph well. If I were entering this particular contest I'd be sucking up to the professional photographer I know so he could take a photo of me.

At any rate, good luck!

A Feminist Gold Digger said...

I have no preference but can't wait to see the outcome. :)

Emily said...

I like the second one, but as I'm voting late and apparently am the only person who likes that one, I will just say that I'm sure whatever you make will be really cute, and I'm looking forward to seeing it.

wan said...

i like the last one, as it most looks like the sheath you described. the first one is too casual IMO, and i'm not a fan of cap sleeve-ish dresses.

see, this is the beauty of knowing how to sew - you can tailor stuff to your own body! again, so jealousE.

Winnie said...

Way late here, but I like #4 the most, then #1. You've got to post pictures here of the results! I, too, am super jealous that you get to tailor clothes to your body.

Andrea said...

I love the back of 5845, but 5799 looks like a classic black dress. I agree with Lindsey T. In order to win this contest you do have to pull out all the bells and whistles. Your fabric and photographer are going to be key for this one.

tam pham said...

last one!! can't wait to see what you ended up making!

dapotato said...

the last one with boat neck speaks breakfast at tiffany's most to me.