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Date: 10/15/13 10:43 AM



With the holidays approaching, its time to think about the Little Black (or any other color) Dress. But before you jump in and start sewing (or buying), take a look at some of our suggestions on what styles of LBDs will work for you.

Just like our very popular Best Patterns Series, we hope this will provide ample inspiration for you to sew your very own LBD!

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Your Suggestions: We would love to make this an ongoing series and would love it if you could reply to this topic with the following :

Your Body Type (from the article)
1. Are You Curvy? Are You Tall? Do You Have a Small Bust? Do You Have a Large Bust? Are You Plus-Sized? Are You Petite?

2. A Pattern you've used in the past for making your own LBD which you absolutely love.

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Date: 10/15/13 8:08 PM

Like the article. I am combination of several of your categories. I liked the several patterns for each body "type". I haven't been on PR very long and haven't reviewed the contests yet but will. would love to make a LBD for the holidays.

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Date: 10/15/13 8:38 PM

BRRRRR! I get cold looking at that collection and it is only mid-October. I think I saw one dress with a long-sleeved variation. Is there an unwritten law that a LBD must be sleeveless or short sleeved?

Patterns not designed for a Rocky Mountain winter aside I did enjoy the article.



PS curvy, busty, 5'7"
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Date: 10/15/13 10:34 PM

Glad you enjoyed the article. Most cocktail/formal outfits are sleeveless. I think the idea is that you wear a fancy wrap/shurg/shawl to accessorize as well as to keep your shoulders/sleeves warm.
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Date: 10/16/13 1:53 AM

Hmmm. Maybe I'll start a new fashion for LBD and make one I won't freeze in. Black polar fleece can be sexy.

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Date: 10/16/13 8:27 AM

i love these styles and once-upon-a-time i had a waist, but after having kids, my waist is gone....
what LBD design would look good on a no-waist body? if i make something with a defined waist, i end up looking like a Campbells Soup can with a bow tied around the center....
not cute at all.
any suggestions for something that doesn't look like a shapeless sack?

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Date: 10/16/13 12:13 PM

You are too funny!

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Date: 10/16/13 12:20 PM

Tamar,

If you don't have a defined waist, you can create an illusion of a waist with your clothes. I think empire waist dresses would look fabulous on you. Also try a bolero/shrug ending just below the bust. That can also create a style line.

I am blanking right now but there were several popular empire waist patterns a while ago. Let me look up my notes. Stay tuned.

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Date: 10/16/13 1:47 PM

I'm, shall we say, "curvy" and bordering on plus-sized, but have a defined waist. Also I do not, if it can be absolutely avoided, wear sleeveless ANYTHING. Due to all of the above, I have been scouring the patterns to find something suitable for my niece's wedding in December, which the invitation specifies "semi-formal or cocktail attire requested" (it's in western WA state, at a very nice resort, wedding at 5 pm with reception to follow).

Here's what I have settled on - view B of course - once I make it I will definitely post a review and pictures!
New Look 6143

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Date: 10/16/13 3:37 PM

Love your LBD choice! Very classy!

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