Gee my French speaking is really coming along, don’t you think?? Believe it or not, I am trying to learn and can speak a little more than “Belladone in black”, so far I can order food and tell people I’m very busy and important!
I digress – onto the dress! I made this before Christmas and have worn it a couple of times, it is a good tidy dress to wear to client meetings when I need to look like I know what I’m talking about! See the glasses, not for show, I need to wear them for computer work, reading, in fact anything close up!
The moment I finished my first Belladone I thought it would be a brilliant dress made up in black, something of a LBD if you will. So, the “Belladone en Noir” was born. The fabric you may recognize is the same fabric used on my Elisalex v3. I bought 3m and managed to get two dresses out of it – brilliant! As per previous use of this fabric, it was horrible and frayed and has absolutely no forgiving nature. This dress is tight. I cut the same size as my previous Belladone, but either I have porked up (possible), or the other fabric has more “give”. (I think a bit of both are likely)
Perhaps it’s not just my stash that needs to diet? Note to self, standing up straight would give a much smoother line!! That said, I really like how the back cut out looks and think the black is a very smart look, good for when one wishes to appear professional and not like a cupcake.
– mostly the same as last time, right down to still needing to do a small FBA to give me a little room in this area
– the shoulders are quite a bit narrower this time too.
– I didn’t use bias on the back opening, instead I folded the edges over twice, this has resulted in a larger opening which I like
– the armholes and neck are finished with purchased bias tape
I love making patterns multiple times, just feels like so much better value don’t you think?