Hot! My “Taking Chances” Little Black Dress

I originally made this dress for my 10 year reunion a couple weeks ago. I needed a little black dress, and this was the perfect occasion to wear one to. I hadn’t embroidered it yet, because I didn’t know if I wanted it embroidered or beaded yet. I was tossing the decision back and forth. I knew how to bead, but didn’t really have the time or patience this past week. I didn’t know how to embroider but my mom does. Thankfully I had her to request some help from. So I did make the dress, but I had help with my embellishing. Thanks mom :) I love you <3

I got the idea of having a “B” on my dress 1. because my name starts with a “B” and 2. Laverne & Shirley! Duh! Laverne was so smart to always have an “L” on her clothes. I have been wanting to embroider a “B” on something of mine for a loooonnnggg time. Now it’s done ;) The stretch poplin polyester I got downtown L.A. at the FIDM Scholarship Store. All fabrics a $1 a yard. No joke my friends. If you are ever in the L.A. area, hit me up, we will go together. This means you especially, Tempest! Coming to Cali and not telling me….Love you anyways! My zipper is also from the FIDM store, I bought 2 bags full for $4! This zipper is really rad. I wish the camera could have shown how radically jeweled it is on the teeth. I used my typical New Look pattern that I used for the Mad Men Challenge and the TV Character Challenge. I altered the neckline, more than I had planned. My self drafted flutter cap didn’t work out the way I had hoped, and I couldn’t seem to keep it on my shoulders. I feel like the early 1990’s has raided my shoulders without the shoulder padding included. I made the hem mid calf to give a more vintage vibe, to truly be called a “little black dress”. If I plan on fixing the neckline and shoulders at all, I will probably add some black lace.

My husband really wanted to take these photos at a particular spot at a particular time of day, or evening I should say. So we went out and waited for the sun to begin to set. These pictures are taken with in the span of 2 hours.

We met another dog on our photog adventure! This is Sophie. She is a terrier/chihuahua mix, and super friendly. Not skittish at all. Thank you Hector for allowing Sophie to be in our photos and online. She is a beauty! We love meeting new dogs everywhere we go. I’m still getting used to people watching me pose….and it’s still awkward.But hey, I just turned 29, and as an ode to the last year of my 20’s I have “labeled” the year, the “Year of No Fear”, taking chances every where I go people, so watch out, here I come.

The Facts

  • Fabric: Black Stretch Poplin? FIDM Store $2
  • Pattern: New Look 6092
  • Year: Modern
  • Notions: Zipper 10 cents, Gold yarn from Grandma
  • Time to complete: Too long…..
  • First worn: June 30, 2012
  • Wear again?: I want to
  • Total price: $2.10



Bethany is a forever student in Fashion Design. She took a hiatus from her studies due to the fear of using a sewing machine and a long term illness. It wasn't until her daughter was born, she felt inspired to create again and dive headfirst into sewing by machine.


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  1. Hi Bethany, love it, the year of no fear. Your husband did a fantastic job on the photos, love the night vibe. The dress looks amazing on and curds for having such a great mom to assist.

  2. Bethany you rocked on this beautiful dress!!! What an inspiration and I am sure you will use it a lot…lucky you have a mom that embroiders so pretty!!!

  3. This is beautiful.. And so sweet of your mom to help with the embelishments.. Happy sewing.

  4. Jewelled teeth on your zip? So great! And a lovely dress too- you look great, and the evening photos are lovely.

    • Thank you Rachel. I love this dress in photos. In reality, I have to tug at it a bit cause it starts to shimmy it’s way up…

  5. That is a bombshell look!!! Amazing fit, great embroidery and your hubby was right to take the pictures in the light. You look amazing!

  6. Sassy and sexy! What a perfect little black dress and so sweetly adorned with your initial. I agree with the rest of the girls that hubbie did a great job with the photos. Well done, Bethany!

  7. Lovely dress. What a great way to add some handwork.

  8. I was going to do Laverne and Shirley for the TV challenge. When I saw your dress Laverne was the first thing to pop in my head! The embroidery is beautiful and the dress is hot!

  9. Awesome stuff Bethany, the embroidery is gorgeous the perfect LBD. Your photos are great too.

  10. Stunning job Bethany! Lovely photos too. Big fan of Laverne and Shirley – may we never work in a brewery.

  11. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
    Schlemiel, Schlimazel, Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!
    B’s gonna do it!

    Give her any chance, she’ll take it.
    Give her any rule, she’ll break it.
    B’s gonna make her dreams come true,
    Livin’ with no fear.

    Nothin’s gonna turn her back now,
    Straight ahead and on the track now.
    B’s gonna make her dreams come true,
    Livin’ with no fear.

    There is nothing she won’t try,
    Never heard the word impossible.
    This time there’s no stopping her.
    B’s gonna do it.

    On her mark, get set, and go now,
    Gotta dream and she just knows now,
    B’s gonna make her dream come true.
    And she’ll do it her way, yes her way.
    Living the year of no fear,
    And do it her way, yes her way,
    Make all her dreams come true
    See what she’ll dooooooooo.

    (Can you guess I’m a mega Laverne & Shirley fan? I’ve got so many sequin appliqued T’s that I’ve collected over the years to put on t-shirts. I s’pose I could waddle my way across to LA to buy cheap fabric, I mean, come and see you ;) PS. if you ever get down during Year 29, watch this:

  12. I have gone to the LA fashion district several times, but have only made it to FIDM once. Needless to say, I did come home to San Diego with 2 full trash bags worth of fabric. It’s an incredible place.

    Lavern’s “L” has NOTHING on your “B”. Your dress is fabulous.

  13. That “B” is awesome. LOL. No pun intended. It looks very elegant.

  14. Gorgeous, Bethany. The photos. The smashing LBD. AND of course that lovely monogram. Very well done.