The LBJ - Little Black Jumpsuit is now the new LBD - Little Black Dress.
Sometimes when I'm going out for the evening, I really don't want to wear a dress. But I still want to look chic and evening appropriate. So for this season, I decided to put the LBD aside and create a dressy little black jumpsuit instead! So I commenced to creating a look in my head!
I decided to "Frankenpattern" most of my look. I used black matte jersey that I keep in my stash... it's a staple. For the front of the bodice, I used Simplicity 2187. I lengthened it by 2 inches so that I could get some blousing.
For the back, I drafted a 2-piece yoke and opened-back. The back is cut similar to the front in an overlapping "wrap-style".
For the pants, I used Vogue 1308. For my jumpsuit, I wanted a tapered leg. I lengthened the front and back pieces by 5 inches and tapered the leg to a 13" opening.
When I attached the bodice to the pants, I created a casing. And I added 1/4" elastic at the waist. And even though the jumpsuit bloused enough to actually cover the elastic waist, I still added a leather obi-style belt. I like belts! I matched it up with a sequin jacket that I found last year at Express while shopping with the girls and pair of killer pumps that I bought from Zara. This was only my second time wearing these shoes because these are what I call "valet shoes". Because that's what you'll need when wearing these because they weren't made for walking!
The LBD will always reign supreme as the queen and hold down the throne for date nights and cocktail wear. But for those occasions when you want to shake things up, try a LBJ!