Vogue 1176 Michael Kors Dress

It's done!  My entry into 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:

And I did have some problems with the shoulder straps falling down, so I added some lingerie guards.  To make a lingerie guard, sew the socket side of a sew-on snap to the inside of your garment  Then sew the stud side to either a piece of ribbon, or in my case I used black twill tape.  Sew the end of the twill tape to the opposite side of the strap( still on the inside of the garment).  Then when you are getting dressed, just fasten this around your bra strap to keep it in place.  Here is a close-up of mine.

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. 



  1. That is one lovely dress and you look so pretty in it. I love the silver shoes with it.
    I agree with you - wear it to a nice dinner with your husband!

  2. What a knockoutof a dress - gorgeous!!! I think it looks like the perfect dress to celebrate 24 years of marriage! :-)

  3. You dress is so fabulous! You look great!

  4. Wow, gorgeous! Hubby will surely be knocked out, lol!

  5. Beautiful! You look great in it.

  6. Hello gorgeous! Your dress is beautiful in every way.

  7. I just bought this pattern. I was thinking of making it strapless. Do you think it would work or does it need the straps?


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