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Date: 10/17/12 5:35 PM

Hi, this is crazygrad, your intrepid commander for the mission that is the LBD Contest, the perfect place to unleash your inner Audrey, Vicki, Cathy, Lady, or even Madge (Madonna wore black sometime, didn't she?).

First, the Rules:

Little Black Dress Contest
November 1 � November 30

Little. Black. Divine. Every woman should have one in her arsenal.

Whether your fashion icon is Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn or Victoria Beckham, most women can agree that a Little Black Dress is always �in�. This contest is to make yourself a 'Little Black Dress', or LBD.

Definition
To establish a common base for the definition of an LBD, here is a description from Wikipedia:

A little black dress is an evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short. Fashion historians ascribe the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel, intended to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable, accessible to the widest market possible and in a neutral color. Its ubiquity is such that it is often simply referred to as the "LBD."

The "little black dress" is considered essential to a complete wardrobe by many women and fashion observers, who believe it a "rule of fashion" that every woman should own a simple, elegant black dress that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion: for example, worn with a jacket and pumps for daytime business wear or with more ornate jewelry and accessories for evening. Because it is meant to be a staple of the wardrobe for a number of years, the style of the little black dress ideally should be as simple as possible: a short black dress that is too clearly part of a trend would not qualify because it would soon appear dated.

The rules for this contest:
1) Make a dress that fits the spirit of the description above.
2) The color should be similar to black. So black, navy, dark chocolate brown, or dark charcoal would qualify.
3) A minimum of 3 pictures are required in your review: one of the dress unadorned, one of the dress as a daytime look, and one of the dress accessorized for evening wear.

A word on pictures: Taking pictures of a dark garment is a challenge. Taking your pictures outside during a fairly bright part of the day will help. If need be, lightening the unadorned pictures to show details can also help. If your pictures don't show your dress, how can people vote on it?

The winner will be decided by member vote. There will also be a random drawing winner from all eligible entries.


General Rules for all Contests:

All reviews must be entered for submission by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the last day of the contest.
2. Patterns MAY be muslined prior to the start of this contest, however, fabric for contest garment may NOT be cut prior to the start of the contest. Fabric may be pretreated before the start of the contest.
3. Items intended for sale, or for which you were or will be paid to make, do not qualify for any contest, but items made for charity are welcome.
4. Unless otherwise stated in the rules, all reviews written for a contest entry must include a picture of the entry, preferably on a live model.
5. Interpretation of rules is subject to the discretion of the contest manager and the contest committee.

Contest Eligibility:

1. Any member of Pattern Review, either paying (FoPR) or non-paying, who's been a registered member on the site for 90 days prior to the start of a contest is eligible to enter.
2. Any member of Pattern Review, either paying (FoPR) or non-paying, who's been a registered member on the site for 90 days prior to the end of a contest is eligible to vote in a contest.
3. Any member who's won first place in a contest on Pattern Review that ended in the previous four-month period is ineligible to win another contest (during that four-month period).

The first- and second-place winners will be decided by member vote.

Prizes for the Contest
First prize: To be Announced
2nd prize: To be Announced


Guidelines for Voting on Contests:

Because of the high quality of the garments we're seeing entered in PR Contests, we're setting forth some guidelines that may help you choose when voting. Consider how well the entry fulfills each of the following criteria in order to narrow down your votes:
1. Does the garment clearly reflect the pattern's line drawing?
2. How well does the garment fit the criteria stated in the contest rules? How well does it fit the spirit of the rules?
3. Are the construction methods, including but not limited to seam finishes, lining techniques, etc, well suited to the design? To the fabric?
4. Is the fabric choice well suited to the design? Are the lining and interfacing choices appropriate?
5. Is the review complete and well written?
6. Taking into account the stated ability level of the entrant, how well does the garment fit?
7. Creative points. You may choose to give extra credit here for an entry that reflects additional creativity (embellishment, fabric choice, etc.) while staying within the nature of the original pattern.
8. Complexity of the project. Relate this to the skill level of the participant. If a participant is a beginner then a princess seam may get the same complexity level as an underarm gusset gets for an advanced sewer. This is purely subjective, but a complex garment might garner more points than a simple one if a tie-breaker is needed.
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Date: 10/17/12 5:46 PM

Now, we've ALL seen plenty of LBDs, and therein lies a challenge for doing something unique, personal, and fabulous! So I thought maybe we could start to get our LBD mojos workin' with some inspo...

First, a history of the LBD (most of which are work INappropriate and definitely un-day!).Leon and the LBD-- an exhibit

Or this one, Project Runway, season 3. Angela Keslar updates an Audrey Hepburn look:
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(again, a hard sell for work and day, but when the designer usually looks like this Photobucket
That dress is impressive.)

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Date: 10/17/12 5:53 PM

I know many of PR's members are very eager to sew their own iconic Little Black Dress. Even though I never wear dresses, I'm thinking of joining in the fun.

I was at Hancock's/Joann's today and saw this lovely New Look pattern that would be perfect for the contest:

If I did make the dress, I would make View A, the one pictured in royal blue, only without the flower and with long sleeves and a high v-neck. I would use black polylycra ITY knit. I'll have to think about it.


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Date: 10/17/12 7:27 PM

I hope you'll join in! I love your bags!
Now I have some inspo. For some of these, please use your wild imaginations to change the color. These Mad Men designs, in the right shades, could make great LBDs.

Froms season 1, Rachel Mencken, in a great brown dress. Imagine this in a charcoal or chocolate too! For work or evening! Photobucket

This close up shows how a little drama with jewelry can make an impact for any LBD!Photobucket
Picture this in navy or black:
perfect for work, an afternoon event, or a cocktail, as you change up the accessories!
Photobucket
Sunny yellow, but imagine it black or navy! Classic lines, accessories make the event!
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Less imagination needed for this-- it is already an LBD-- but imagine it with a Chanel style jacket or cardigan!
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Date: 10/17/12 7:57 PM

Now some inspo from the Runways...

If you like Vicki (or at least her husband David Beckham) picture this dress in black or charcoal... even chocolate... the right belt and shoes and you have 4 season of all occasion fab
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Okay the googaws may be tough, the wacky belt, even more so,
but this Prada could work for the right woman with the right touches
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This Michael Kors needs few changes for a day look (maybe a scosh darker though). A beaded black clutch and ditch the undershirt= evening delight!Photobucket
That slit is daring for the courtroom- easy enough to fix! Great angles for day to night!
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Date: 10/17/12 8:22 PM

Crazygrad, what wonderful inspiration pieces! It's going to be exciting to see the styles of dresses people come up with. And thank you for managing this contest.

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Date: 10/17/12 8:31 PM

Oh I have been stalking the boards for this thread to start.

Anyway I have the first question, it says

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A little black dress is an evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short

Now I always where long dresses and skirts will my garment still qualify?

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Date: 10/17/12 9:58 PM

Dear CrazyGrad,
Wow! thank you for the inspirational photos and the content from Wikipedia.
I am thinking of one o three dresses from my Lutterloh collection.
Even though we live at the beach, we do have some dressy occasions to attend. And we got to Mexico City, and of course we visit family in Dallas.
But, I have to be mindful of climate.
I have some wool crepe that came with me when I moved here. But I would love to use some Shantung. We have a high-end fabric store that caters to dressmakers, and a large Chinese/Mexican population, so this store is full of wonderful silk.
I had been thinking hard about the Susie Wong dress(talking about icons), but the third dress on the right has a cute removable top which makes it appropriate for day, and becomes sexy for night.
When I went to my entrance interview at FIT in 1968, I wore a Little Black Dress,( my mother made me) and the interviewer took note that the Jersey Girl, new how to dress for the City and for an interview at Fashion Design school. I doubt it is like that today!
Here are my ideas:
Little black dress
When I was thinking about this contest, I remembered that weird Angela from Project Runway won the Audrey Hepburn contest!
This is going to be a lot of fun!
Looking forward to seeing all of your entries.
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Date: 10/17/12 9:59 PM

I had a tutorial for embedding fotos, I guess I did not do it correctly, I used the image boption in the message box.
Please help!

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Date: 10/17/12 10:08 PM

I'll check with the committee, but let me say that find descriptors like "often quite short" to be so subjective. To me "quite short" is at the lower base of my knees. I have students that I think would say that "quite short" means "my lady parts are covered, more or less."

And long is often subjective too. I grew up influenced by 2 modest dress cultures so I think I know where you're coming from. Like I said, I'll check. But I think the idea that the dress can be worn for professional purposes, as a day dress for an event, and as evening wear means that some things don't work. Some of them don't work in a more modest understanding (the cleavage of the Keslar dress). Likewise a really long dress ( like with a train) doesn't work either.

But I'll check and see if there is some kind of magical length. But SEWMODEST, I love your stuff. I hope you can still LBD with us. Your work is inspirational.

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