Looking to fill in the gaps, I realized I lacked an LBD. Sure, I had a formal one for office parties and funerals, but I wanted one that was made out of a sturdy knit, with little straps (so easy to layer), and a slightly A-line skirt.
I frankenpatterned New Look 6265 (which I used to adapt my Lola nightie) and traced a knit skirt. I took in the sides for a small bust and shortened the straps, cut up a thrift store dress, et voila! An LBD in one sitting.
I wanted it to be slightly above the knee for casual wear, but I might make it an inch longer if I ever make it again. But I love wearing this thing, so easy and comfy, I forget I'm wearing it!
A bit blurry, but paired yesterday with maroon tights, a cardigan, and a white scarf.
Inside of the dress -- the bra/facing. I used some stash decorative elastic -- so easy and fun! I didn't pull it tighter than the hem, per some internets directions, but I may sew it on in a 5/6 ratio next time.
And that's it! Easy to make and wear and super useful. It's in my suitcase now and I suspect you'll be seeing it lots in Me-Made-May.
For years, I was dubious about all the LBD hype but I think I kept buying LBDs that were either too formal, too cheap or too frilly, and they just sat there. But I think I'm finally seeing the world of possibility. I envision LBD 2.0 in a drapey knit with wider straps and a knee-length full skirt. Swish-swish.
What about you? You down with the LBD?