|The BYT LBD in the Fall 2010 issue of Boho magazine. So flattering, so versatile.|
I have the BYT Premier Edition version of Sheena's UP dress, in XL, purchased about a month before UP started selling their updated version as The Classic LBD. It's super cute on, though shorter than I prefer, even for a minidress. The cut skims away from the belly and hips, and the weight of the cotton pique stretch fabric is great for hiding any perceived figure flaws. From the photos it looks like Eliza from BYT used a lighter fabric with more drape for the Spring 2011 capsule collection. (I think the fabric used for UP's Classic LBD drapes better, too.)
|The button at my bustline after the last wash.|
THAT ain't right...
|The screenprinted care instructions on a pocket of the BYT LBD.|
Tumble dry low heat? Oooooops.
Unfortunately, my LBD has shrunk by about a size on me! It got accidentally sorted into the general black clothes pile on laundry day, and thrown into the dryer. It was already quite a tailored fit, so I really can no longer wear it. My loss will be a friend's gain, but before I swap it, I took some photos of me in it so you can get an idea of the fit. Please keep in mind that the BYT Premier Edition has now sold out, and it's not clear to me how the version she's selling in her Spring 2011 line differs (the fabric looks lighter and less stiff), or how the version now selling on the UP site differs in fit.
Worn unbuttoned as a jacket - LOVE this look (especially with a belt on top).
I'm wearing it over a tunic-length t-shirt and black denim slacks.
If you know the dress from other bloggers' photos,
you can see that it shrunk in all directions,
losing about an inch in both length and width.
Buttoned partway, so you can imagine what it looked like when it fit.
(When I also buttoned the offending button shown above,
it distorted the dress' lines.)
Lucky for me, I also bought the sewing pattern which UP are selling, which as you can see came packaged in an adorable and useful tote bag. I was thinking I'd like to make a longer version (I'd be more comfortable with the hem an inch above the knees), in equally-timeless navy blue or indigo, in a lighter fabric for summer, with a couple of different collars to help add more variety - but now I'll need to make a replacement in black as well.
I guess the moral of my sad story is, definitely handwash and hang dry these dresses - and if your lifestyle means that's impractical, consider buying the pattern and preshrinking your fabric before you sew.