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Announcing Little Black Dress Contest Winners!By DianeSev on 10/28/10 3:28 PM

'Little Black Dress' Contest

The little black dress popularized by Coco Chanel is indispensible to every woman's wardrobe. The little black dress can be worn as is or accessorized for daytime or night-time wear. The style of the little black dress is meant to be a classic one, not following the trendiest pattern, but lasting for years.

Contestants were asked to create a dress that followed the spirit of the little black dress in shades that are black or similar to black, such as black, navy, dark chocolate brown, or dark charcoal. Participants were also asked to provide a minimum of three photos of their creations: one of the dress unadorned, one of the dress as a daytime look and one of the dress accessorized for evening wear.

Look at these classic creations!

Let's meet the winners of this contest!

First Prize (by Member Vote): Erica B. for Vogue Patterns: 2899 Guy Laroche Dress

Erica B. wanted the perfect dress for her 40th birthday, and she found it in this Vogue 2899 Dress by Guy Laroche. She wanted a dress that was really unique, a standout and not something that you would commonly find in someone else's closet. In sorting through her pattern stash, she found the Guy Laroche pattern.

She used black matte jersey from her stash for this dress. She says that the instructions were easy to follow but that we shouldn't mistake "easy" for "quick". The jersey required a lot of handstitching, and although it was easy, it was not quick.

She would highly recommend this dress and would love to sew it again because it's so fabulous. And best of all, her husband loves this dress on her!

Congratulations, Erica B.!

Random Entry Prize:
JudyP for Simplicity: 4118 Dress

JudyP wanted a special dress for a black-tie optional wedding, so she selected Simplicity: 4118 Dress. She found the instructions easy to follow but made changes to the pattern.

For the most part, she used material from her stash: black wool crepe for the body of the dress, pleated silk for the sleeves and upper bodice, a 4-ply silk for the binding on the neckline and sleeves, and black Ambiance for the lining. The only fabric she had to buy was black silk organza for interfacing the pleated silk. Yay, stash!

She says that, although she dislikes handsewing, she had to handsew a lot of this dress because she felt that the dress deserved special attention. She's very happy with the way it turned out!

Congratulations, JudyP!

And congratulations to all our contestants for creating great-looking Little Black Dresses!

We thank PR member Rhonda Noah for managing this contest.


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15 Comments      Login to Add a Comment    
kim*brown said... (10/31/10 7:12 PM) Reply
Both are beautiful!
mandaloo said... (10/29/10 11:32 PM) Reply
oh how stunning! did you use a pattern or make it up yourselves? the dresses are just fab, I hope someday to sew well like this. Following patterns is my weak point!
ggf2005 said... (10/29/10 4:53 PM) Reply
Congratulations ladies!
Mahogany Stylist said... (10/29/10 10:12 AM) Reply
Congratulations ladies.
JudyP said... (10/29/10 7:25 AM) Reply
Congratulations, Erica B.! I started to vote for myself, but I had to vote for you, you looked so fabulous in your lbd! Thanks to the randomness, I also won a prize...I can't believe it!
velosewer said... (10/28/10 11:07 PM) Reply
All the dresses look fantastic. Nice work ladies.
Scheryka said... (10/28/10 9:49 PM) Reply
Congrats ladies. Beautiful dresses. Thumbs up. Can't wait til next year.
Rhoda K said... (10/28/10 8:47 PM) Reply
I also agree with all above - congratulations!
Erica B. said... (10/28/10 7:11 PM) Reply
I just wanted to congratulate all of the contestants! Those are some great dresses! And thanks to those that voted!
Meredith P said... (10/28/10 5:34 PM) Reply
Both lovely. Thanks for participating and sharing!
Aroura said... (10/28/10 4:58 PM) Reply
Congratz winners! :)
Christas said... (10/28/10 4:29 PM) Reply
I totally agree with Renren - "Two beautiful dresses and two beautiful ladies!" Congrats!
SoVintage said... (10/28/10 4:20 PM) Reply
STUNNING! Congratulations All
cloudyhn said... (10/28/10 4:19 PM) Reply
Lovely dresses, Congratulations!!!!
renren said... (10/28/10 3:53 PM) Reply
Two beautiful dresses and two beautiful ladies! Congratulations all the way around, including all contestants!

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