Wednesday, December 1, 2010
What Does "Black Tie" Mean Today?
The trouble is, now that I have this event to sew for, I feel absolutely paralyzed by the idea of Black Tie. What the heck does it mean today, anyway? I've read that, for women, it can vary from short cocktail dresses all the way to long ballgowns and furs. I have a tendency to be overdressed generally, and I don't usually mind. But the idea of being in a ballgown while everyone else is wearing LBDs is slightly horrifying.
Also: what to sew? There is an evening gown included in Vogue's New Book for Better Sewing, and this really seems like the perfect time to bust out that pattern. But there's a niggling little problem: I don't particularly love the design. I'd always imagined myself making it and then just flouncing about the apartment in it. Not at a gala event at MoMA. Here's the envelope illustration, which is fine, if a little "Glinda the Good Witch."
follow me on Twitter), you'll know I've been brainstorming ways to spice it up a little bit. Black and white houndstooth? With a fuchsia underskirt? Perhaps awesome, perhaps too much.
So anyway, I'm facing great dilemmas and I know you're an opinionated bunch. (That's why I love you!) Make the VoNBBS pattern for this event or not? Go full ball gown or just cocktail dress? Lay it on me!