Hot! Black and white: The Perfect Harmony | Veronica Darling


The Facts

Fabric: Both vintage: some sort of black thick wool/synthetic blend and cream linen/cotton ~$2 
Pattern: Style 2086 ~$1
Year: 1991
Notions: Zipper: new $1.75
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: Not yet, but probably in January 2011
Wear again? Not sure, will have to see how the shoulder pads go down!


"I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony" – Coco Chanel

Perfect harmony indeed! Block colours suit most of us and pop up in all decades with different styles of beauty! I wanted to do a Little Black Dress with a twist of white for my first Sew Weekly garment, and sifted through many patterns (and google images) to find something that would suit my body shape (petite and curvy!) but still echo a Chanel look.

This Style 2086 dress was a thrifted unused pattern from my stash, and I really liked the V shapes in the neckline, and thought I should try it ( a bit of a sewing challenge for me!). Overall it's kinda late 80s looking dress, but perhaps there is a 60s mod look to it as well.

Cutting the pattern was the hardest part, because the black material I had was a total remnant from an op shop, and I had to juggle the pattern placement, and making sure the length wasn't too short. I was worried all the way through sewing it up that I'd have to add an extra section of white material to the hem, to get it to normal length. Luckily it came up fine!

There are shoulder pads in those wicked wings of sleeves (my first garment with them! They're easy to sew in, I was suprised!), and I'm not too sure where I'll wear this yet, but I feel it does have to be a LBD cocktail/evening event!





Veronica Darling

Veronica Darling has been sewing well for about 4 years, blogging for 5 years and smiling for over 33 years. In 2011, she joined Mena's Sew Weekly in sewing through the year, and in 2012 will keep challenges slightly smaller in scale.


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  1. Oh WOW Veronica! This is AMAZING! I love the detailing!!!

  2. The styling on the pattern screams 1990, but your dress is timeless :)

  3. Your dress is really cute and flattering!! I think the shoulder pads are not at all overpowering, and the curve that they probably help suport of the neckline/sleeves looks really nice.
    Anyway, I hope this becomes a wear-again, it looks great!

  4. Wow, Veronica! What a great dress!! It looks fabulous on you and I love how you took a 1990s pattern and made a classic LBD with your own twist. I normally detest shoulder pads, but I didn’t even notice this dress had them.
    The dress looks amazing and suits you to a T! I hope it will become a wardrobe staple for you. Well done!

  5. I love this dress!!! I only wish I could find that pattern…LOL!!!! Looks great on you too.

  6. Love love love! This looks amazing on you – I’m with Vicki, the pattern model looks like straight out of 1993, but the dress you made is classic; well done!

  7. You’re totally rocking it – love it!

  8. Cute AND clever. (both you and the dress) My admiration abounds.

  9. I love this dress, it’s such a great detail!

  10. This dress is adorable!

  11. This is great. I love the details. Beautiful dress.I’d wear it out just for cocktails.

  12. Veronica, Stunning dress. Can we do a deal? I would like this pattern in return for three vintage patterns. I’ll send pictures of the patterns I’d like to swap if you are interested.

  13. Super Cute! Thanks to Veronica, I found The Sew Weekly!

  14. Too cute! I absolutely heart the v-neck with the black and white contrast and you know, I really can’t tell there are shoulder pads if you didn’t mention which to me is a good thing:) You are rocking it!

  15. What a cute dress. I am sure the V stripes were not easy to sew in place. At least I know I would have trouble with them as they are part of the dress and the “sleeves” for lack of a better word. It is really cute and you look great in it.

  16. That is ADORABLE. I love the short hemline. It’s very mod looking and it suits you perfectly.

  17. That is simply gorgeous!!

  18. perfect, perfect, perfect!!!