Black and white: The Perfect Harmony | Veronica Darling
Fabric: Both vintage: some sort of black thick wool/synthetic blend and cream linen/cotton ~$2
Pattern: Style 2086 ~$1
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!