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Apr
10

Silk Dupioni little black dress

My most recent project was this great little black dress for a repeat local client (who previously had me make this and this). The dress was inspired by a number she tried on at the mall which was very flattering but too short, sleevless, and with a lower neckline than she wanted. Cue the dressmaker. 🙂

Hillary wanted a nice crisp fabric for this dress, so the fitted bodice and pleated skirt would hold a nice shape. We reviewed a number of swatches and settled on a beautiful Dupioni Silk in a beautiful, subtle black-on-charcoal two toned color. We picked a lightweight black Habotai silk for the lining, and an invisible zipper for the back closure.

The dress has a square neckline, fitted bodice, three quarter sleeves, and a pleated below-knee-length skirt with corner pockets. The belt shown here is removable, and I made two others (in blue taffeta and purple Dupioni) so Hillary can mix things up when she’s feeling colorful.

This was an awesome project to work on… one of the rare treats where the stars align and things fall into place the right way the first time. The notable graining in the fabric lines up perfectly along the bodice darts. The neckline lays flat, crisp, and square and sits just exactly below her collarbone to frame her shoulders and face perfectly. The sleeve and skirt hems are straight with even stitching. The invisible zipper is invisible. All the details that ought to be right on a custom garment, are.

But more important than my own delight in the outcome, Hillary was thrilled. The dress fits great and is just what she wanted. (And doesn’t she look fantastic?)

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