Sorry for the few days of radio silence – we had a fabulous Halloween weekend (but, sadly, no costumes) and I was barely home! Obviously I haven’t touched my sewing machine, but I have been thinking and planning some upcoming projects. The first is a project which simply does not excite me at all, but it must be done.
I showed pictures a few weeks ago of the dress I wear for my chamber ensemble. To refresh your memories, here it is:
What’s that? I’m sorry, I just fell asleep with boredom at this dress! I’ve worn it a few times since the photo, and it is not improving in my estimation. I don’t care for the ruching – a little on the side is fine, but I think this one adds bulk to the hips (who wants that?) I don’t think it’s the greatest shape on me ever, but I mostly I hate the length. I don’t usually mind just below the knee, but the proportions on this one don’t work. I can’t shorten it and continue to use it for my group – classical music is sort of inherently conservative, and we are required to keep the hemline below the knee. So here’s what I’m going to do: shorten the dress and use it as a LBD, and make myself a new black dress for the ensemble.
I have 2 weeks before my next concert, which should be plenty of time to make one. Here is what I want: below the knee, full skirt, some sort of sleeve (even caps sleeves are fine) and made of a knit (for ease of travel and the ability to take proper breaths.) An empire waist would be a good idea, because that allows for breathing room without worrying that it looks odd. No belts, certainly (I actually have to remove belts for rehearsal all the time, but I wear them anyway!) I’d like it to go with the shoes I’m wearing above, as they are my most comfortable for standing a long time.
I’m leaning towards this vogue/DKNY pattern. I’ve made it before, so the fit is no problem, and it has both the length I need and an empire waist. I remember it being kind of a pain to make, but at least it was quick! I think this style has an elegance that will work well for the stage.
I’ve considered a few other patterns, but I am loathe to put a lot of time into this project, so I think going with a dress I’ve made before is the best option. No, don’t ask me why I didn’t just make my dress to start with!
I’ve placed an online fabric order this week that includes some black ITY knit. Hopefully I will get it before the weekend so that I can sew this one up. Coming later today (hopefully) the rest of my November sewing plans, including a few retail knock-offs!
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My husband is a classical musician, and I’ve done the “wife thing” and hauled out the suitably conservative black dress and pumps to go with him to events. I use this dress, which I wore for my wedding and then had hemmed. It’s very comfortable and flattering.
I think the soon-to-be LBD looks great, but your other pattern is really nice. Can’t wait to see your retail knock-offs! I must get out my sewing machine! You are inspiring!
I’ve made the DKNY vogue pattern (before my blogging days) a few times, and have always been complimented on how chic it is. I am actually about to make a black one too for work.
I remember it being a pain because of all the narrow hems around the neckline. I’m thinking of using self-fabric bias binding – do you think that would work, or be too bulky?
Maybe it’s the short sleeves, but that dress reads spring/summer to me rather than fall/winter. I know you love to rock the cardi, but with the tie, that might look funny.
What about something more like this:
(not an empire, but better rusching!)
I am in need of a little black dress for all year long simple cocktail attire. That pattern could be it!
I really like that vogue pattern – eyed it off a few times and ended up buying a few other patterns like it.
What do you play/sing (I’m sure you’ve told us. sorry). I’m singing this weekend and i’m wearing a (loosely laced) corset – I actually love having something to breath against!
lovely evening dress, love how it shows off the hips, love its simplicity and love the V neck, a nice black diamond necklace would go so well with this fabulous dress. great work 🙂