Patternreview.com's Little Black Dress Contest.
I don't know why I waited so long to make a LBD, but I'm very happy with this one. I used Vogue 1176 which is a Michael Kors design. I love Michael Kors on Project Runway, so it is really kind of fun to be able to make one of his designs. The fabric is a black floral jacquard satin that I got in a mystery bundle from Fabricmartfabrics.com.
Here is the bow close-up. It looks hard, but as long as you mark everything really well, it goes together like butta. I was pleased as punch with this one. The directions and the fit were wonderful. I recommend that you make your retail size on this one. Usually, pattern sizing is completely different from retail sizing, but this one wasn't. Make a muslin (sample from inexpensive fabric) before you start to make your life easier.
The back is pretty plain, but flattering. It has a vent for walking, as the skirt is pegged, so it tapers in. This baby isn't made for bending over or doing any knee bends. If I drop something when I'm wearing it, somebody is going to have to pick it up for me! It would be nice to make this in something that has a bit of lycra in it.
The dress is fully lined, and has a side invisible zip to get it on/off. Here is a view of the vent from the inside:
I opted to skip the pattern for the belt. Didn't think it needed it.
When my daughter saw that I was making this, she said "Mom, where are you *ever* going to wear that?". Well, our 24th wedding anniversary is next month, so I think this will be perfect for a celebratory dinner.