Monday, February 10, 2014

My Little White Dress

Shove over boys- I've got a new love in town: my little white dress! I used Vogue 8787 to create this vampy little number. I was heavily influenced my the always fabulous Mimi G's version.
For the past three years I have attempted to make a little black dress to enter in the contest on Pattern Review. Without fail something would go wrong where it just didn't turn out right and I never was able to enter. I knew my luck was turning when Pattern Review announced a Little White Dress contest. This is my year! The idea is to show the versatility of your dress, illustrating how it can transition from day to night.
After some debate I landed on this Vogue Easy Options pattern. I initially was going to do the version with the drape neck. However, I recall when I attempted a Pippa knockoff and a certain someone asking me about the diaper on my dress. When I saw Mimi's version, I fell in love with the asymmetrical neckline instead.
I used a white double knit ponte roma from It was actually in my stash already... score! I used a lightweight white lining with just a touch of stretch from Gorgeous Fabrics. I inserted a invisible zipper in back.
I cut one size smaller than recommended by my measurements. I shortened the sleeves into a 3/4 length so that I could wear it in warmer seasons as well. As for the length, I ended up cutting about two inches off before doing the hem. I tapered the skirt slightly at the ends to peg it. I took the bottom of the skirt in about four inches all the way around to create the pegged look.
Although there are many steps, the dress is easy to sew.
Wearing a LWD can be quite tricky. You don't want any unmentionables peaking through. Although the dress is lined, there is still a bit of sheerness to the dress. I recommend nude, seamless underthings to minimize any show through.
For day, I accessorized with a denim jacket, animal print heels, hoop earrings, and a black leather clutch.
For night, I went simple with a silver clutch and heels. I opted for large stud earrings.
I love, love, love this dress and I can see wearing it on many occasions. Don't forget to head over to Pattern Review to vote for your favorites starting 02/18/14!


  1. This is a beautiful pattern. Love the dress!

  2. Lovely .. I have a similar pattern .. Must think of making a white dress soon too :)

  3. Lovely .. I have a similar pattern .. Must think of making a white dress soon too :)

  4. I love the asymmetry. I found the accessories make this dress pop. Looks great.

  5. Lovely! I will hop over and vote this weekend. My white dress was a fail, wrong fabric, not enough structure.

  6. This is such a wonderful dress!! Really nice !

  7. This is a great dress. I love that you can dress it up or down, great job!

  8. Love your dress. The asymmetrical neckline is very attractive and the silhouette is slimming.

  9. I love it! And, I agree with you, I like your version, not the draped neck, for some reason they don't work on me. I am sold...I'm making mine now!!! Much success on PR!!!

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    On another note I think that neckline was a great choice... I'll be heading over to Pattern Review to check the rest out of the LWD out.

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