Friday, March 1, 2013

FO: Black Dress


Oh man.  This one has been a long time coming, and you can probably tell that I'm pretty happy about it!

This black dress was originally sketched on the back of a piece of notebook paper sometime in February or March of last year.  Nine body muslins and six sleeve drafts later, I finished the fit; last week - five months after cutting the pattern pieces out of real fabric - I sewed on the hook and eye and gave the dress a final press, and here we are.

This dress is by no means perfect - and I'll leave out the juicy details of every little thing I would do differently if I were to make it again, and all the little fit issues that would drive me nuts if I let them - but I am really proud of it.  It fits me beautifully through the bust and waist, two of my most difficult areas to fit; it's wonderfully retro without being too literal; it's actually pretty simple, but still looks designed.  I can imagine wearing it to a job interview, or a party, or a funeral - all in all, it's a very functional little black dress.

Thanks to Lumberjack for the pictures!  Happy Friday!


Anonymous said...

Woo Hoo!



Aimee Kimball said...

Looks great! Congratulations!

Erin said...

Cory, you're dress is amazing and it's a fantastic fit! Kudos on all of the hard work - it shows.

Turbo said...

Gorgeous! And so are you :)