the #wardrobebuilder project - Party Dresses

It's the last month of the 2017 #wardrobebuilder project, and I'm super excited about this month's theme. Party dresses are my absolute, most favouritest ever, things to make. I love finding patterns and fabrics for them as well as the making process itself. These are the makes that I like to take time on and try to achieve a polished finish. If I'm going to toile anything it will be one of these!

the #wardrobebuilder project - Party Dresses

Party dress patterns I'd love to add to my wardrobe

So many!
The festive season is an ideal opportunity to create a floor length stunner like the By Hand London Alix dress. I love how the sample shot they have uses fine fabrics for a really elegant look.
I've been toying with the idea for a Deer and Doe Belladone dress for a while, but can't seem to find the perfect fabric. I think the flared skirt and cut out back option is great for a party.
Speaking of flared skirts, both Gertie's Charm patterns Lamour dress and Sew Over It's Elsie dress have this going on. They have different necklines, both taking inspiration from 50's styling, and are equally glamorous!
For a sleeker chic, Simple Sew's Loretta Jewel Neck dress has an interesting neckline feature, and I've been in love with Simplicity 8292's fluted sleeves since it was released earlier this year.

Patterns I have made that I would recommend 

I don't usually have this section, but I have made a few dresses that I will be wearing this season, and that I would make again for myself. All of these patterns have in depth reviews (click on the links below) and would all be in the recommended box.

the #wardrobebuilder project - party dresses

The comfortable yet elegant knit dress: Kwik Sew K4111 (perfect for Christmas Day and expanding waistlines)
The lace dress: New Look 6261
The little black dress: The Day Dress by The Avid Seamstress
The fit and flare dress: Tilly and the Buttons Lilou, from Love at First Stitch - mine is quite summery in polka dots but a sateen would be great for Christmas parties.
The fifties dress: Sew Over It Betty dress
The sheer yoke dress: Colette Macaron

the #wardrobebuilder project - Party Dresses

Fabrics I'm loving for this project

Am I brave enough to wear velvet? It's definitely one of this season's trend fabrics and would be fun to try....a stretch velvet would be a little more forgiving too.
Sequins please! I know that sequins can be time consuming to sew with, as you need to snip off all the ones in the seam allowance, but a simple shift dress or even just a bodice on a dress would be great fun in these.
Scuba fabrics are a lot more available now, and are also a great choice for party dresses - as a knit fabric they will be easier to sew with and will be comfortable to wear.
It's also an opportunity to really push the boat out and go to town on some of those beautiful high end fabrics like you might find at Joel and Sons....

Link Up

Add your Party Dresses to this month's link up....if you add before December 17th they could find their way into the final #wardrobebuilder column in Sew Now magazine!


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