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Announcing the Winners of the Little Black Dress Contest! By DianeSev on 12/10/12 3:38 PM

The Little Black Dress.

Such allure, such cachet, such je ne sais quoi.

So Audrey Hepburn, so Coco Chanel.

So necessary.

The Little Black Dress (or “LBD”, as we fondly call it) is the ultimate wardrobe staple of the well-dressed woman.  The LBD is supposed to carry a woman through the many occasions in life…the office, the dinner, the party, the wedding, the funeral.  Given its importance in couture, it makes absolute sense that we have a contest for this fashion must-have on PatternReview. 

The fashion-forward members in this contest decided to add an LBD of their own to their closets. 

Most chose to sew their creations in black, but others chose grey or even lace fabric (the rules allowed other dark colors). Members photographed themselves in several views to show the diversity of the dress with accessories and wardrobe pieces like jackets or shrugs. 

All of the dresses are gorgeous, and we are so envious that we are not the ones to wear them! But we can live vicariously by looking at the gallery photos!

Let’s meet the winners you voted for…

First Prize (by Member Vote): Jstarr4250 for New Look 6067 Misses' pleated dress in two lengths with sleeve and belt variations

The Little Black Dress Contest Winner

Jstarr4250 chose New Look 6067 as a pattern for her LBD.  She chose the sleeveless version and found the instructions easy enough, but they were mixed in with the directions for the other views.  She says that the next time she makes the dress, she’ll copy the instructions and highlight the ones that apply before she sews a stitch. 

She made the dress in a black wool ponte knit from Mood Fabrics, with poly knit lining and says that if she were still living in New York instead of South Carolina, she’d made a whole winter wardrobe from this fabric. There was a snag in getting the fabric, though, because New York (where Mood Fabrics is based) was hit by Hurricane Sandy, and there was a two-week delay in shipping the fabric.

Nonetheless, she eventually got the fabric, sewed the dress posthaste and wore it to an LBD girls’ night out, reaching home, like Cinderella, just before the stroke of midnight to enter it into this contest.

She loves the V-shaped pleats meeting at the center that create soft bust shaping in place of darts and says that they look much more complicated than they are and match up perfectly. The tulip skirt is also one of her favorite shapes.

The LBD contest is her first PatternReview contest, and now for the happy ending…she won!

Congratulations, Jstarr4250!


Second Prize (by Member Vote): clothingengineer for StyleArc Heather Dress Heather Dress

The Little Black Dress Contest Second Prize winner

Congratulations, clothingengineer!

And congratulations to all our contestants!


We thank Reliable Corporation for sponsoring this contest.

Reliable Corporation Little Black Dress Contest Sponsor

We thank PR member crazygrad for managing this contest.

Congratulate the winners and chat with other members about the Little Black Dress Contest.

Look at all the Little Black Dress Contest entries.


Never entered a PatternReview contest before? It's easy! Our contest tutorial will show you how to enter.

Check out the current contests.

Going on now:

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10 Comments      Login to Add a Comment    
Tee Jones Actie said... (12/12/12 3:20 PM) Reply
Both dresses are georgeous! Congratulations
Quickie said... (12/12/12 3:41 AM) Reply
congratulations to both of you.
Lenarciak said... (12/11/12 3:38 PM) Reply
Congratulations! Your dresses are really amazing!
clothingengineer said... (12/11/12 2:38 PM) Reply
Thanks everyone! There was some stiff competition!
Lucy2 said... (12/11/12 1:29 PM) Reply
My top 2 favorites! Great job on the LBDs ~ Congratulations!
GoodbyeValntino said... (12/11/12 7:48 AM) Reply
Congratulations Jstarr and Clothingengineer! Beautiful dresses.
Jstarr4250 said... (12/10/12 11:10 PM) Reply
Thank you so very much to everyone who voted and left such lovely, thoughtful comments. Every entry was beautifully presented and several of the patterns are now in my wish list. I hope you all enjoy wearing your LBDs over the holidays. Julie
LonestarLady said... (12/10/12 10:20 PM) Reply
Congratulations to you both. Beautiful dresses. Jstarr4250, your dress and review inspired me to use this pattern for my holiday dress in a silver & black knit. Thanks!
nancy2001 said... (12/10/12 7:47 PM) Reply
Congratulations to Jstarr and clothingengineer. Both dresses are beautiful!
slmstyle said... (12/10/12 4:39 PM) Reply
Congratulations Jstarr4250 and Clothingengineer! You both did a fantastic job on your LBD's!

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