LBD and other acronyms


I find it quite funny, sometimes, moving between medical specialties and having to learn all of the different acronyms; used as shorthand within specialties, lots of them overlap and are used throughout the hospital/medical world. Others are specialty specific (or even specific within a specialty). Sometimes they’re funny (like a medical students saying “peacocks” in an exam instead of PCOS), sometimes just different (IVF is both intravenous fluids, and in-vitro fertilisation), sometimes terrible – please don’t use IUD (which usually means an intra-uterine (contraceptive) device) when you mean an in-utero death.

In a similar vein, is the term “LBD”, or “little black dress”. Is it even a thing? I don’t think I would ever say “El-Bee-Dee” out loud (I am not a big fan of using acronyms when it doesn’t actually save time, like saying “Bee-Are-Bee” IRL), or even “little black dress”. Is this just some sort of crazy marketing tool? Wikipedia doesn’t enlighten us with any other real uses for the acronym, merely tagging it as a “wardrobe staple”.

I’ve never been one for the “fashion rules”. Did you know that people say pear shapes shouldn’t wear pencil skirts? That we should wear a-line skirts because it evens out the hips or some such rubbish? Boo. The same people would probably tell me not to take fashion ideas from Sabrina the Teenage Witch – but I got a lot of compliments when I wore blue tights with a blue dress. Speaking of Sabrina – check out what Harvey looks like now, Phew!

However, despite me so often shying away from what’s “fashionable”, I did decide to make what could be described as a (an?) LBD when I was invited to a formal party in Nelson. This also gave us an excuse to spend some time at my parents house in Nelson – goodness it’s nice to go back there. All the photos are taken by one end of the pool (Nelson, unlike Wellington, seems to know that it’s summer).


Obviously should have ironed the dress after pulling it out of my suitcase. Duh.

I made this from two separate patterns; the skirt is, of course, Gertie’s pencil skirt; and the bodice is Simplicity 4070. I kept the waistband on the skirt and oof, I didn’t need to. After making a quick muslin of the bodice (in a size 14, straight) in some light cotton drill scrap fabric, I took out a bit of fabric at the top of the front seams (above the bust) I went ahead and cut out my¬†fabric (a cotton silk twill from The Fabric Store). I then had to take out a big chunk of the waist band to fit it to the bodice – and forgot to take out fabric from the top of the skirt. The fabric easily frayed, so after two unsuccessful trying-to-just-ease-the-damned-skirt-in, I ended up just making the darts slightly larger at the top.


Consequently, the waist is TIGHT. Too tight. And, in retrospect, the waist is way too long (whatever that really means); I should have left the waistband out completely. By the end of the evening it just folded up and got eaten up by the rest of the dress. Um. Otherwise, I think the front skirt darts need to be a bit longer; the bodice was a bit too tight; and there is some puckering at the neckline. The latter is probably because I made the shell piece a touch bigger than the lining piece (after realising it was going to be too small) then eased in to help the neckline not gape.


Construction: all is sewn and then overlocked. Tucked away seams (waist band and neckline) are pinked with shears to reduce bulk. I moved the top of the waist dart so they met up with the bodice seams, but they ended up so angled it doesn’t really matter anyway. The zip is lapped (can you tell how much I’m loving these? They really are a lot easier than I thought they were!)

So what about you all – do you fly in the face of the fasion do’s and don’ts? Who writes those anyway? This great article on stuff.co.nz promoting Meagan Kerr’s body-positive blog provoked a mini-discussion on the topic between the WSBN – if interested, the girls recommend the following blogs: Dancing With Fat (after reading her hate mail page, I finally really understand the need for trigger warnings), The Militant Baker, and Wellingtonian I Like Pretty Clothes (no wonder she was titled Wellington’s bessed dressed! Flipping heck)


Pattern: Gertie’s pencil skirt + Simplicity 4070

Fabric: cotton silk twill from The Fabric Store, (originally $26/m with 30% off, and free end-of-bolt 30cm), 1.5m = $27.30

Notions: thread, stash, and zip, $4

Total: $31.30

Now some super awesome photos that happen when both your co-model and photographer have had a few beers around the pool, in the sun.




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